In what is fast becoming an infamous defense of science, Steven Pinker at one point muses about what the great thinkers (or scientists as Pinker classifies them) such as Descartes, Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Leibniz, Kant, Smith would benefit from a Tardis facilitated visit from a current day scientist, such as Pinker himself.
When reading these thinkers, I often long to travel back in time and offer them some bit of twenty-first-century freshman science that would fill a gap in their arguments or guide them around a stumbling block. What would these Fausts have given for such knowledge? What could they have done with it?
Alas, I fear this would be the depressing result.