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Hypatia was a 4th-century Greek scientist, philosopher, and astronomer. A noted scholar from the great library of Alexandria, she was murdered on 415 AD by a Christian mob. Her death coincided with the beginning of the Dark Ages.

Her thoughts on:

Dogma

All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.

Free Thought

Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.

Enlightnment

Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.

Myths

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.

Superstition vs. Truth

In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth — often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.

We previously featured the story of Hypatia on Carl sagan’s account of the last days of Alexandria–and the loss of all the classical knowledge of that time.

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This feature from the History Channel relates the story of the library at Alexandria, one of the great wonders of the ancient world. From the founding of the city of Alexandria by Alexander the Great as the center of learning to its destruction by fanatical mob, the story of the library is a fascinating history of how philosophy, science, and religion mixed and clashed in the ancient world.

The fate of the library is both an inspiration and a cautionary tale for critical thinkers everywhere.

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In an excerpt from the popular PBS series: Cosmos, Carl Sagan recounts the story of the great library of Alexandria, the fate of Hypatia, the last scientist to teach there, and the stagnation and destruction of the library under the hands of Christian fanatics.

Most of Alexandria’s great works are lost in time for ever, and is a cautionary tale of how ignorance and supersitious fanaticism threatens the progress and development of science, and holds humanity back from its true potential.

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