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The Enlightenment was a movement of beliefs dealing with the ideas of God reason nature and man that attacked fundamental beliefs and practices of European society Enlightenment thinkers were convinced that with useful knowledge and freedom in their lives they could discover happiness Thoughts that came from the Enlightenment affected science religion and the way society thought The three main aspects of the Enlightenment were improving human life understanding the laws of nature and having a code of moral conduct Benjamin Franklin and Eliza Pinckney were two Enlightenment thinkers who had these aspects in their life Benjamin Franklin was truly an enlightened American of his time world-renowned for his ideas and inventions Franklins several experiments and inventions helped him to both understand the laws of nature and to improve human life Franklin was both near-and far-sighted and being frustrated by having to constantly change between two pairs of glasses he created bifocals The bifocals caused him to see near and far in one frame To create bifocals he cut the lenses from both spectacles in half and put them together in one frame Another invention is the odometer used on Franklins carriage to map out routes in the town The odometer measured how many times the wheel of his carriage made a full circle Franklins most well known for inventing the lighting rod Ben had a theory lightning was an electrical current in nature He tested his theory by using a kite and it turned out to be correct Lightning is a stream of electrified air The Great Idea Finder Knowing lightning was dangerous he invented the lightning rod to protect people and buildings The Great Idea FinderRavi Kavasery Serge Aime Alexander Mittendorf Ben Franklin created thirteen virtues that stood as his code of moral conduct Each virtue had a name and an idea that Franklin wanted to follow For example the name for number one is temperance The thought behind number one
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