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August 31: Hermann von Helmholtz

Hermann von Helmholtz (1821) It was on this date, August 31, 1821, that German physician and physicist Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz was born in Potsdam, Prussia, in what is now Germany. The son of a classics teacher of small

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April 24: Library of Congress Established

The betterment of humankind was not a high priority of Christian Europe, or of the Muslim East. It was never considered that humanity could be improved.

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February 22: Arthur Schopenhauer

It was Arthur Schopenhauer who said, “Religion has always been and always will be in conflict with the noble endeavor after pure truth.”

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February 2: Ayn Rand

“Religion,” Rand noted, “is the first enemy of the ability to think. …yet before they learn to think [men] are discouraged by being ordered to take things on faith. Faith is the worst curse of mankind.”

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