For all things invention, intellectual property rights are an important thing to take into consideration. The fact you could create things and patent then and then profit, meant that many people started to be creative. And I guess it can be argued that it impacted the Zeitgeist so much that even in a neighbor state that was still facing an absolutist regime, the impact was felt, even with less property rights.I don't think you could invent the air balloon, enter the Senate and wait for a patent nor any kind of glory. If my peers are joining the Roman Army, I'd rather joining too than pursuing a career in engineering.
If the universe were once finitely large, what kind of experience would it anticipate?
I don't know how much it'd be a new thing, but Kardec's spiritism is very familiar to the Orthodox Judaism. I grew up on Brazil spiritism and it's a sophisticated way to address science through a third revealing. And many answers of the Spirit of Truth on the The Spirit's Book are scientifically accurate, but just with the epoch science (it's harder to argue that XIX Century French people couldn't understand that spirits live on the vacuum or another dimension, but the Spirit of Truth goes ahead and tells Kardec that in fact "There is an ethereal fluid that fills space and penetrates bodies. This fluid is the ether or primitive cosmic matter, the generator of the universe and beings."). Nonetheless, there are holes but they are harder to spot. So if you're smart to ask the dumb question to the average religion but you don't put much effort thinking in the harder questions, this may well suit you (I don't think it'll suit anyone on this forum)
If you believe that the placebo works, it works. You're right in believing it works.If you don't believe that the placebo works, it doesn't work. You're right believing it doesn't workIf you believe that the sky is blue, you're right.If you believe that the sky is green, it's still blue, you're wrong.Truths that have humans involve some amounts of reflexivity.