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April 19 in freethought history…

April 19, 1882 - Charles Darwin dies at Down House, Kent, England, aged 73. He was the co-discoverer, with Alfred Russel Wallace, of evolution by natural selection. His books include The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species, The … Continue reading

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February 24 in freethought history…

February 24, 1871 – Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex is published in the United Kingdom. In this follow-up to his popular and controversial On the Origin of Species (1859), Darwin tackles mankind’s place … 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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December 27 in freethought history…

December 27, 1831 – Charles Darwin begins his celebrated five-year voyage on HMS Beagle. December 27, 1946 – British journalist and humanist Polly Toynbee is born Mary Louisa Toynbee on Isle of Wight, England. She is current Vice President and former President … Continue reading

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November 24 in freethought history…

November 24, 1632  – Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza is born Benedito de Espinosa to Portuguese-Jewish parents in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A lens-grinder by trade, he is best known for his magnum opus Ethics, which opposed mind-body dualism and equated God with Nature … Continue reading

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October 2 in freethought history…

October 2, 1832 – British anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor is born in London. He was the first to propose prehistoric animism as the root of all religion. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, became a professor at Oxford (despite … Continue reading

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September 25 in freethought history…

September 25, 1789 – The United States Congress approves, for ratification by the states, a slate of twelve amendments to the Constitution. With Virginia’s ratification on December 15, 1791, ten of these amendments became the Bill of Rights, ensconcing freedom of speech … Continue reading

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July 1 in freethought history…

July 1, 1776 – Jean-Francois de la Barre is tortured and beheaded by French authorities in Abbeville, France for (among other things) failing to show proper respect to a Roman Catholic procession. His body was burned on a pyre along with … Continue reading

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June 18 in freethought history…

June 18, 1858 – Charles Darwin receives Alfred Russel Wallace’s essay “On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type,” which concurred with Darwin’s unpublished views on the theory of evolution by natural selection. Darwin had been sitting on … Continue reading

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Podcast #82 – Creation

Allison’s back–yay!  She joins us to discuss the new Charles Darwin bio-pic Creation, starring real-life husband-and-wife Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Charles and Emma Darwin.  Creation is based on the nonfiction book Annie’s Box (published in the US as … Continue reading

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