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September 29, 2012
The Week in Freethought History (September 23-29)

Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, September 23, but in 1970, American folk-rock recording artist […]

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September 22, 2012
Teachers Are Not the Problem

When I was in public grade school, if there ever was any problem between my teachers and me, my parents – without the slightest hesitation – took the side of my teachers. I didn’t like it at the time, but, with the clarity of hindsight, I know they were right: my unionized teachers really had […]

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September 22, 2012
The Week in Freethought History (September 16-22)

Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, September 16, but in 1498, the Grand Inquisitor of […]

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September 18, 2012
September 18: Steven Pinker (1954)

It was on this date, September 18, 1954, that American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and popular science author Steven Pinker was born in Montreal, Quebec. In his popular books, he has argued that language is an "instinct" or biological adaptation shaped by natural selection. He is the author of six books for a general […]

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September 15, 2012
Quick Comment: A Nation Is Not a Business

We’ve heard the refrain before: if the U.S. were run more like a business, we could solve our fiscal problems and we’d all be better off. This November, voters (those who are still allowed to vote) will get to decide. Here’s something to take into the voting booth with you. A business has shareholders, directors […]

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September 15, 2012
The Week in Freethought History (September 9-15)

Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Monday, September 10, but in 1941, “One of the most […]

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September 8, 2012
The Week in Freethought History (September 2-8)

Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, September 2, but in 1666, the Great Fire of […]

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September 1, 2012
Patriotic and Idiotic

I hate to put this in religious terms, but there is a kind of American creed: “Freedom and liberty for all” might sum it up. Our leaders remember the tune, but they forget some of the words. I was reminded of this after observing the Republican National Convention last week. On display was a national […]

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September 1, 2012
The Week in Freethought History (August 26-September 1)

Here’s your Week in Freethought History: This is more than just a calendar of events or mini-biographies – it’s a reminder that, no matter how isolated and alone we may feel at times, we as freethinkers are neither unique nor alone in the world. Last Sunday, August 26, but in 1789, the “Declaration of the […]

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Ronald Bruce Meyer




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