A doctrine that humans are capable of becoming perfect.

The Illuminati, originally called the Order of Perfectibilists, is the secret society to which everyone refers when talking conspiracy theory, a shadowy group of powerful individuals purportedly pulling strings behind the scenes, influencing world events, controlling governments and dedicated to the establishment of a New World Order.

The Illuminati was founded in 1776 Bavaria (coincidentally the same year as the American Declaration of Independence) by Adam Weishaupt a university professor. The Order had branches in a number of European countries with a membership that included intellectuals, enlightened politicians, European nobility, Freemasons and former Freemasons (Weishaupt himself joined the Freemasons in 1777).