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2011-02-05
February 5: The Pseudoscience of Astrology

Why do people still believe in astrology? People turn to astrology, as they turn to religion, because having the stars guide their lives is a comfort for the faint of heart. But it was always magic.

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2011-02-02
February 2: Havelock Ellis

Havelock Ellis wrote, "The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum."

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2011-01-31
January 31: Irving Langmuir

When asked about his inattention to religion, Langmuir once responded, "Never believe anything that can't be proved."

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2011-01-22
January 22: Francis Bacon

“Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation,” wrote Bacon, “but superstition dismounts all these.”

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2011-01-20
January 20: "Piltdown Man" Hoax Exposed

The error was corrected from within the scientific community, so there is no cause for gloating from Creationists, who apparently believe, based on Genesis, that night and day were created before the sun was and the earth was created before the stars were.

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2011-01-19
January 19: James Watt

Andrew Carnegie says Watt was a Deist and never attended church.

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2011-01-18
January 18: Jacob Bronowski

“Dissent is the mark of freedom,” wrote Bronowski, “These freedoms of tolerance have never been notable..., even when the dogma was Christian. Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetimes.”

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2011-01-17
January 17: Benjamin Franklin (1706)

“When a religion is good,” wrote Franklin, “I conceive it will support itself; and when ... its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

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2011-01-17
January 17: Benjamin Franklin

“When a religion is good,” wrote Franklin, “I conceive it will support itself; and when ... its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

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2011-01-11
January 11: William James

"My personal position is simple. I have no living sense of commerce with a God," said James. "Religion, in short, is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism."

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February 15: Susan B. Anthony

"I was born a heretic," Anthony said. "I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows."



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