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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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February 20: Robert Altman

Though educated in Catholic schools, and pressed to serve in Korea, “it's worth noting that by the age of 20 [Altman] had resisted two of the most powerful institutions - church and army, both. He is an atheist.”



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