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Society remembers those who make a prescient, unpopular stand. We should remind ourselves that 1. today (as then) people like this seem quite odd or even dangerous to us, 2. there is a large, forgotten set who made a justified unpopular stand, but were wrong by chance.

Popper says that collaboration among cultures leads to innovation, because, to collaborate, people must communicate via abstraction. I wonder the same is true of popular music groups: the excellent ones are that way, in part, because the group develops interesting abstractions.