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Civilisation 28: Chrysippus

Chrysippus was a determinist, believing in fate and pre-ordination. And yet he also championed the role of free will, a concept he believed could best be approached by practicing Stoicism. Continue reading

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Civilisation 25: Aristarchus of Samos

Cleanthes, a stoic contemporary of Aristarchus insisted in his treatise ‘Against Aristarchus’ that Aristarchus should be prosecuted for ‘impiety’ when he claimed that the earth moved around the Sun Continue reading

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Tredinnick – the astrologer’s best friend

It’s 2015 for pity’s sake! Continue reading

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Civilisation 22: Epicurus

Epicurus inhabited an Athens that was well used to thinking, to mental exploration and to philosophical controversy. And how he must have loved it. Continue reading

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Galileo and the Pope

Europe was gripped by the extremist totalitarianism of a Christian church that hadn’t yet been outgrown by an educated society. Continue reading

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It’s Darwin Day again! Many Happy Returns!!!

The way the religious community reacted to Darwin (among many, many others) should give us all very serious cause for concern. The clergy persecuted Darwin then and they continue to persecute modern freethinkers today. The church is a cancer in the midst of our society, holding back progress whilst pretending to lead the way. Continue reading

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Civilisation 13: Hippocrates of Kos

Hippocrates was the first Westerner to make explicit the difference between medicine and religious ritual Continue reading

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