illuminatti.am

Tired of Jesuits running everything at the university where he worked, Bavarian professor Adam Weishaupt decided to form a secret group of men essentially to talk shit about organized religion, and shift the focus back to logic and science. On May 1, 1776 he and four other University of Ingolstadt students gathered for the first meeting of the Perfectibilists. Two years later, Weishaupt decided the Perfectibilists name sounded weird, so he changed it to Illuminati (but not before seriously contemplating “The Bee Order.” WTF, Adam.). Eventually he got an animal reference, however, by adopting the Owl of Minerva as the group’s symbol.

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