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2011-08-02
August 2: John Tyndall

John Tyndall (1820) It was on this date, August 2, 1820, that British physicist John Tyndall was born in County Carlow, Ireland, to English Protestant parents. Tyndall left school at the age of 17, with a grounding in basic mathematics and worked for a time as a surveyor in the Irish Civil Service. Higher education […]

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2011-07-02
July 2: Nostradamus

Nostradamus used a technique that prophets and astrologers use to this day: “ambiguous specificity.”

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2010-12-24
December 24: Matthew Arnold and his “Sea of Faith”

Arnold was a leading literary critic and wrote many essays, which displayed a seriously Rationalist streak. He denied belief in immortality and a personal God.

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December 4: Samuel Butler

Butler wrote, "Prayers are to men as dolls are to children. They are not without use and comfort, but it is not easy to take them very seriously."



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