Secular Sunday #188 - The Long and the Short of It || 2 August, 2015
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Derek WalshAs is often the case, a long weekend means a shorter newsletter. Don't blame me, it's just one of those things. There's still plenty to catch up on.

- Derek Walsh, Editor



Mothers and Babies

Philomena Lee (made famous by the 2013 film Philomena) and her daughter Jane spoke last Sunday at a remembrance event for the mothers and babies of Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, County Tipperary. Video below and here
Atheist Ireland supports the work of the mother and babies advocacy groups, and we sponsored the balloons for this event.


Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise stated. Listing is not necessarily an endorsement. Listings sorted alphabetically by county, then chronologically.


Sunday 9 August, 1:00 pm, Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly social event. Meetup event page


Sunday 16 August, 12:00 noon, Fels Point Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee (map)
Secular Sunday Brunch. A family-friendly social event. Meetup event page


Wednesday 19 August, 8:00 pm, Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick (map)
The Mid West Humanists will meet. (Ask at the hotel reception for a card key to get up the lift to the meeting, which is usually on the third floor.) The Mid West Humanists are now on Facebook and Twitter.


This Week in History

Anniversaries of momentous events in atheism, science, skepticism, secularism and human rights, plundered shamelessly from Wikipedia and other sources.

6 August

1991: Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.


Percy Bysshe Shelley by Alfred Clint crop.jpg4 August

1792: Percy Bysshe Shelley  (d. 1822). English poet. He was expelled from University College, Oxford in 1811 for publishing his treatise The Necessity of Atheism.

5 August

1940: Ellery Schempp. American physicist and church-state separation activist. Famous for being the primary student involved in the landmark 1963 United States Supreme Court case of Abington School District v. Schempp which declared that required public-school-sanctioned Bible readings were unconstitutional.

6 August

1881: Alexander Fleming (d. 1955). Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate. Best known for his discovery of penicillin.

7 August

1903: Louis Leakey (d. 1972). Kenyan-English paleoanthropologist and archaeologist. His work was important in establishing human evolutionary development in Africa, particularly through his discoveries in the Olduvai Gorge. He also played a major role in creating organizations for future research in Africa and for protecting wildlife there. 

James Randi1928: James Randi, Canadian-American magician, paranormal investigator, and founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation which sponsors the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge offering a prize of US$1,000,000 to eligible applicants who can demonstrate evidence of any paranormal, supernatural or occult power or event under test conditions agreed to by both parties.

8 August

1931: Roger Penrose, English physicist, mathematician, and philosopher of science. He is known for his work in mathematical physics, in particular for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. 

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