Monthly Archives: February 2016

February 19 in freethought history…

February 19, 1473 – Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Torun,  Poland. Copernicus is best known for advocating a heliocentric model of the Solar System, in contradiction to the long accepted geocentric model. During his lifetime, he privately circulated copies of … Continue reading

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February 18 in freethought history…

February 18, 1546 – German friar and religious reformer Martin Luther dies in Eisleben, Saxony (in what is now Germany), aged 62. In 1517, Luther posted his Ninety Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, questioning various … Continue reading

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Podcast #243 – Ask Your Doctor if Arthritic Goat’s Milk Is Right for You

Comedian and television talk show host Bill Maher gave “Dr.” Sam Chachoua nearly ten minutes on a recent show to talk about his quack cure for AIDS that involves the milk from arthritic goats. “Dr. Sam” supposedly cured Charlie Sheen … Continue reading

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February 17 in freethought history…

February 17, 1600 – After being found guilty of heresy by the Roman Inquisition, Dominican friar Giordano Bruno is burned at the stake in the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome. Bruno accepted (the then heretical) Copernican heliocentrism, but also theorized that … Continue reading

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February 16 in freethought history…

February 16, 1906 – British secularist writer, publisher and lecturer Charles Watts dies in England, aged 70. He co-founded the National Secular Society and (later, after a split with the NSS) the British Secular Union. His wife (born Eunice Kate … Continue reading

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February 15 in freethought history…

February 15, 1564 – Astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa, Italy. He is best known for his discoveries by use of the newly developed telescope, including the four largest moons of Jupiter. Galileo was infamously convicted by the … Continue reading

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February 14 in freethought history…

February 14, 1948 – Atheist, skeptic and libertarian Teller (best known as the shorter, silent half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller) is born Raymond Joseph Teller in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. February 14, 1975 - British rationalist and humanist Julian … Continue reading

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February 13 in freethought history…

February 13, 1633 – Italian astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face the Inquisition on charges of heresy, for teaching that the earth revolves around the sun in contradiction of Roman Catholic doctrine. He would eventually be found … Continue reading

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February 12 in freethought history…

February 12, 1789 – American patriot Ethan Allen dies in Burlington, Vermont, aged 51. Best known for his daring exploits during the Revolutionary War, Allen was also a politician, frontier philosopher and early advocate for smallpox inoculation. In later life … Continue reading

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February 11 in freethought history…

February 11, 1380 - Italian scholar Poggio Bracciolini is born in Terranuova, Tuscany. He is best known for his discovery, in 1417 in a German monastery, of the only surviving manuscript of De rerum natura (“On the Nature of Things”), an … Continue reading

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