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2014-05-12
May 12: Florence Nightingale

"I am so glad that my God is not the God of the High Church or of the Low," said Nightingale. She despised the churches and was an advanced Rationalist.

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2014-05-11
May 11: Richard P. Feynman

“God was invented to explain mystery,” says Feynman. “Now, when you finally discover how something works, you don't need him anymore.”

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2014-05-10
May 10: Cecelia Payne (1900)

It was on this date, May 10, 1900, that British-American astronomer and astrophysicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was born Cecilia Helena Payne in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England. Losing her father when she was four years old, Cecelia’s mother portioned the family resources to educating her brothers instead of her, but she nevertheless won a scholarship to Newnham College, […]

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2014-05-04
May 4: Thomas Henry Huxley

Huxley invented the term agnostic to describe his view that the mind cannot reach realities beyond the senses. He disdained Christian doctrines.

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2014-05-03
May 3: Steven Weinberg (1933)

It was on this date, May 3, 1933 that American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg was born in New York City. Weinberg earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1954, studied for a year at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, then completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Princeton University in 1957. […]

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2014-04-23
April 23: Max Planck

"Religion belongs to that realm that is inviolable before the law of causation and therefore is closed to science."

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2014-03-27
March 27: Typhoid Mary (1915): Religion v. Sanitation

Typhoid Mary’s story is not only an argument in favor of good sanitation, something unknown in the Bible, the Qu’ran or any other holy book – it is also an answer to the question, What’s the harm in a little superstition?

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2014-03-14
March 14: Albert Einstein

Said Einstein, "I believe in Spinoza's God… not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings."

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2014-03-08
March 8: James Macartney (1770)

Macartney held that “every revelation, no matter whether it be real or supposed, must produce hatred and persecution among mankind...”

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2014-01-08
January 8: Stephen Hawking (1942)

It was on this date, January 8, 1942, that English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author of A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford. He entered Oxford University in 1959, showing an interest in classical music and science fiction as well as physics and cosmology. With a reputation as something of a […]

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