Secret History

In 18th century Edinburgh, it was rumoured that a group of like-minded folk met in secret.

Against the spirit of the Enlightenment – that of the dissemination of useful knowledge – these folk discussed knowledge that was not necessarily useful, and then kept it to themselves.

Well-known Edinburgh intellectuals, such as David Hume and James Boswell, if asked whether they were members, would have denied even knowing that such a society existed.

No notices were posted, no agendas were set, and no minutes were taken. As a result, there is no evidence that these meetings actually took place.

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