Monday, November 10, 2008

Reason Day (International Day of Rational Thought)

Feast day of Reason, French Revolutionary period

During the French Revolution, the Goddess of Reason was celebrated on this day in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, which had been converted into a temple of philosophy. Let's be reasonable today.

Your almanackist humbly proposes the revival of this well-established feast. Therefore, let us call November 10:

Reason Day (International Day of Rational Thought)
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Carl Sagan (1934 - '96), American scientist
A day for commemoration and celebration of healthy skepticism, reasoned thinking and the human capacity for rationality, and criticism of superstition and irrational beliefs.

Pictured above, by Goya: The sleep of reason that produces monsters

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