Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 28

GPS and Its Discontents


By Ronald Bruce Meyer I have a GPS in my car, that space-based satellite navigation system that tells me where to go and where to get off at. Oh, I know where my usual destinations are, but in my work I travel to a lot of new places from, or to, my accustomed destinations, so …

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Oct 26

This Week in Freethought History (October 20-26)

William Miller

Read about philosopher John Dewey, Alfred Nobel and his prize, a disappointing end of the world, an unbelievable beginning of the world, Scottish philosopher James Mackintosh, Geoffrey “Canterbury Tales” Chaucer, Seth “Ted” MacFarlane, and more …

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Oct 24

October 24: Sir James Mackintosh (1765)

James Mackintosh

It was on this date, October 24, 1765, that Scottish political philosopher and politician James Mackintosh was born in Aldourie, near Inverness-shire, Scotland. Because his mother died while he was a child, and his father was frequently abroad, Mackintosh was reared by grandparents. He studied at King’s College, University of Aberdeen and, in 1787, took …

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