Monthly Archives: November 2010

November 25: Andrew Carnegie

“[O]nly in popular education can man erect the structure of an enduring civilization.”

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November 24: Baruch Spinoza

Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632) It was on this date, November 24, 1632, that Portuguese-Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza was born in Amsterdam to a family settled in Holland. The family were Portuguese crypto-Jews — that is, Jews forcibly converted to Christianity

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November 23: Blaise Pascal’s Conversion

The evening of his “definite conversion” (November 23)… was the occasion of what Pascal remembered as a two-hour mystical vision, but what might just have been a misinterpretation of the aura and shimmering lights that occasionally precede a migraine headache. Some of the common triggers for migraines are being tired, stressed or depressed and the let-down after a stressful event — like nearly falling off a bridge.

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November 22: George Eliot

Evans said, “God, immortality, duty — how inconceivable the first, how unbelievable the second, how peremptory and absolute the third.”

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November 21: Björk

I’ve got my own religion… If I get into trouble, there’s no God or Allah to sort me out. I have to do it myself.

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November 21: Voltaire

“Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world,” he wrote in a letter to Frederick the Great of Prussia.

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November 20: Nadine Gordimer

In her 1991 Nobel lecture, Gordimer makes a brilliant if veiled charge, using theistic language, that writers are more powerful with their words than religions are with their dogmas.

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John Mill