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Adam Smith

was born 285 years ago today, in Scotland

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” – from The Wealth Of Nations

Bishop of Norwich in Scotland to him:

“Upon the whole, doctor, your meaning is good; but I think you will not succeed this time. You would persuade us, by the example of David Hume, Esq., that atheism is the only cordial for low spirits, and the proper antidote against the fear of death.”

if that really was his message, then I truly do hope for Adam Smith to succeed

as for a quote by the man himself though, I note this one:

“The robot is going to lose. Not by much. But when the final score is tallied, flesh and blood is going to beat the damn monster.” – Adam Smith

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Barbara Smoker

was born 85 years ago today in London, England

she was president of the National Secular Society (in the UK) (www.secularism.org/uk) from 1971-1996

“The one function that most gods seem to have in common is to give human existence some ultimate purpose — and, while it is not possible to disprove an ultimate purpose, there does not seem to be any evidence for it. That is not to say, of course, that there is no purpose in life at all: we all make our own purposes as we go through life. And life does not lose its value simply because it is not going to last forever.” — taken from “Why I Am An Atheist”, a script recorded in June 1985 (& broadcast on BBC World Service four times that year)

for more info on her: http://www.barbara.smoker.freeuk.com/Biography.htm