I am curious about how, throughout history, people viewed unpopular or abnormal views.
How did people treat those with different perceptions, opinions, and views, from the classrooms to the science communities to the religious-based societies to modern social networking sites...?
Were these people ignored, threatened, killed, rejected, shunned, censored, or punished? What unpopular opinions prevailed despite the hostility from the others? How did that opinion/view prevail? Were there any supporters of the unpopular views? Do these relations still occur today? Why?
Some contexts for these questions come from great thinkers such as Sigmund Freud, Socrates, Democritus, Darwin, and so on.. How did these types survive and put forth their strange ideas? How did they relate to the world? How did the world relate to their ideas and thoughts at that time? Was there an eventual acceptance or an overall aggression? What great minds of the past are still ignored today?