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February 2: Havelock Ellis (1859)

It was on this date, February 2, 1859, that English psychologist and sexologist Havelock Ellis was born Henry Havelock Ellis in Croydon, Surrey. In his youth, he traveled around the world with his father, a sea captain, stopping in Australia, where he worked as a teacher in New South Wales. There he read Life in Nature by philosopher and sex reformer James Hinton and saw his own life’s work. Hinton’s book caused Ellis to abandon the Christianity of his youth for a variety of Vitalism. “There is,” he observed, “a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomenon and religion.”…

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Originally published February 2004 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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July 26: George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856) It was on this date, July 26, 1856, that playwright George Bernard Shaw was born to Protestant parents in Dublin, Ireland. It is said the young Shaw attended a revival service by Dwight Moody and Ira Sankey in Dublin, and in one of his first critical notes wrote, "if this sort […]



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