Posts Tagged 'Adam Smith'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/11/15

English: Adam Smith statue in Edinburgh's High...

English: Adam Smith statue in Edinburgh’s High Street with St. Giles High Kirk behind. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”   —   Adam Smith

(Surprisingly, this is the first Adam Smith quote, to be used in a Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  It wasn’t a difficult solve, but it did throw me a bit when I solved it.  I never knew that the earlier definition of “enthusiasm” was:  1a. belief in special revelations of the Holy Spirit and 1b. religious fanaticism – as per Merriam Webster‘s.  I have always used the word in the more generic/current definition of:  2a. strong excitement of feeling – ardor and 2b. something inspiring zeal or fervor – again, per Merriam Webster’s.  I guess this is another example of how language evolves.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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