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From http://www.culturomics.org /"> http://www.culturomics.org/ :

On December 16th, 2010, a team spanning the Cultural Observatory, Harvard, Encyclopaedia Britannica, the American Heritage Dictionary, and Google published a paper describing the Culturomics approach online in the journal Science, and at the same time launched the world's first real-time culturomic browser on Google Labs.

The main feature of this approach is an opportunity to search the digitalized google books corpus for keywords. The google books corpus includes over 5 milion books (ca. 4 % of the books ever published) drawn from university libraries. The ngram tool allows you to evaluate and visualize frequencies of word occurences in the corpus. The authors claim this approach allows people to study the cultural trends over the last few centuries.

For more detailed information see the accompanying paper in Science.

Thelemites ever since Crowley have been keen on bringing Thelema to wider audience. Finally, we get the numbers πŸ˜€

Graph for thelema:

it's case sensitive, here is Thelema:

another one for magick:

and here is the new Aeon in broader terms πŸ™‚

Looking forward to interpretations.

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Fascinating! Many thanks for the post.

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Of course, so far as this site is concerned, probably the most interesting is "Aleister Crowley" between 1875 and 2010:

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93!

Yeah, that's really quite interesting. I can see three things so far:

1) During Crowley's lifetime his years in America seem to have been his most prolific (I am not surprised)

2) Symonds' impact on Crowley's legacy really was massive (much more than I thought)

3) The curve is steadily going up!

Thanks for sharing

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These are fantastic - what a fascinating visualization. The Crowley one is eye opening, isnt it!

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What an interesting presentation!
Thank you Matus.

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Hecate


   
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that is both interesting and good news too πŸ™‚ thanks matus!


   
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"lashtal" wrote:
Of course, so far as this site is concerned, probably the most interesting is "Aleister Crowley" between 1875 and 2010:

I've been having fun searching for various words/phrases and then clicking through to the dated periods (at the bottom) then to the books that contained the reference.

ex: searching for "Do what thou wilt shall", then the "1800-1950" link, finding "Brewing and liquor interests and German and Bolshevik propaganda: ...: Volume 2 - Page 2027", and so on.

("Senator KING. That sounds like the effusion of some crank", from that particular dive, still cracks me up.)


   
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Fascinating!

That peak of "Thelema" between approximately 1875 to 1890 may be due in part to the publication of Monks of Thelema, by Walter Besant and James Rice, published 1878. (Not to mention the advent of the Logos of the Aeon!)

The book of course is available from Google.books...

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Awesome.


   
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Have just spent some time fiddling with the ngram tool. It is indeed fascinating. In the case of thelema,magick and other related keywords the quantitative results should be taken with a grain of salt, since the relative numbers (as the Y axis shows) are tiny and the data resolution poor. Rather as ccx pointed out, it is more telling to look at the qualitative results - what are the books that mention Crowley over the particular period.
Still, the 'Symonds peak' is pretty robust and occurs accros many related keywords such as Beast, The Beast, Scarlet Woman or OTO.


   
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