Category Archives: medical research

May 9 in freethought history…

May 9, 1960 – The US Food and Drug Administration approves the first commercial birth control pill. “The Pill,” as it was called, offered an unprecedented level of reproductive freedom to women. It was, predictably, praised by some as a … Continue reading

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April 14 in freethought history…

April 14, 1950 - Geneticist Francis Collins is born in Staunton, Virginia. Collins is best known as former head of the Human Genome Project and as current Director of the National Institutes of Health. He has sparked controversy for his outspoken … 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 4 in freethought history…

February 4, 341 BCE – According to ancient sources, the Greek philosopher Epicurus is born on this date (10 Gamelion of the old Attic calendar). Although little of his written work survives, fragments of his proto-scientific treatise On Nature. Epicurus is … Continue reading

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December 21 in freethought history…

December 21, 1890 – Geneticist Hermann J. Mueller is born in New York City. He is best known for his work in identifying the the genetic effects of radiation exposure, and in educating the public on the associated dangers of … Continue reading

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December 5 in freethought history…

December 5, 1899 – Neuroendocrinologist Dr. Hudson Hoagland is born in Rockaway, New Jersey. In 1944, he and Gregory Pincus founded the Worchester Foundation for Experimental Biology, which developed the birth control pill in the 1950s. He was President of the American … Continue reading

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November 29 in freethought history…

November 29, 1942 - Stanley Ann Dunham is born in Wichita, Kansas. She was possibly the most influential atheist of the 20th century, being the mother of America’s first black president, Barack Obama. Obama’s civic commitment is clearly a product of her … Continue reading

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October 28 in freethought history…

October 28, 1914 – Medical researcher Jonas Salk is born in New York City. He developed the polio vaccine, which saved countless lives. Within a decade of the vaccine’s introduction, worldwide cases dropped from hundreds of thousands annually to a few hundred … Continue reading

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October 27 in freethought history…

October 27, 1553 – Theologian and polymath Michael Servetus is burned at the stake in Geneva for heresy. Servetus sparked controversy for his extensive arguments opposing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and endorsing Unitarianism. He had fled Catholic authories in Italy, … Continue reading

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October 24 in freethought history…

October 24, 1945 – Anthropologist and anti-creation science activist Eugenie Scott is born. From 1987 to 2013 she served as Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. She was a key player on behalf of the plaintiffs in … Continue reading

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