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Postby uncronopio » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:03 pm

1. People who have or profess to have special intellectual or spiritual enlightenment.
2. Any of various societies, groups, sects, etc. usually secret, composed of such people.

Etymology: Italian from Latin, plural of illuminatus enlightened.

From Webster's, paper edition.
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Postby Apoclima » Tue Jun 14, 2005 1:29 am

I have only seen this used in the capitalized form, "Illuminati,"
the supposed super-secret cabal behind all secret societies and the hereditarily rich that controls (or tries to control) world events.

Illuminati Conspiracy, Order of the Illumined Wise Men

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Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Jun 14, 2005 9:48 am

I've seen this in The Da Vinci Code.

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Postby uncronopio » Tue Jun 14, 2005 8:02 pm

Apoclima, that is a very interesting site! I like the display of creativity in any good conspiracy theory. Anyway, I was thinking of illuminati when I was writing this post about Che Guevara and marketing of university education.

I have not read the Da Vinci Code. In fact I am avoiding the book in the same way I avoided Titanic the movie.
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Postby Flaminius » Tue Jun 14, 2005 11:58 pm

Just a small exercise of imagination but can anyone come up with a revolutionary to whom the accusations of Uncronopio do not apply?

By the way "Revolutionalise Your Life" does not make a very beautiful copy in Chinese. When someone tells you that he wants to "革你的命," you'd better stop whatever you are doing, apologise to him and run.

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Postby uncronopio » Wed Jun 15, 2005 12:11 am

From my point of view, the problem is that the university chose an example of political revolution with a -- to say the least -- highly controversial figure, while it should have gone for examples of scientific or artistic revolution. An example of the latter was apple's 'think different' campaign that depicted mostly people with a positive effect on society.
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Postby Flaminius » Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:22 am

I never saw the commercial film but see what you mean. I think universities are for those who respect professors more than generals.

A nice surprise to see the author of my tagline in the IBM list.

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