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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:38 AM

Freethought of the Day: James Fenimore Cooper



James Fenimore Cooper

On this date in 1789, James Cooper (later known as James Fenimore Cooper) was born in Burlington, N.J. He briefly attended Yale College, and in 1808 joined the U.S. Navy. Cooper is best known for writing The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 (1826), an extremely popular novel focusing on the involvement of the Mohicans, a Native American tribe, in the French and Indian War. The novel was made into films in 1920, 1932, 1936, 1963 and 1992, as well as TV series in 1977, 1975 and 1987. It was also adapted into a BBC radio series in 1995, and an opera in 1976. The Last of the Mohicans was the second book in Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales series, which included four other novels. Cooper wrote over 50 more books in various genres, including The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea (1824), the nonfiction The Chronicles of Cooperstown (1838), and American war novel The Spy (1821). He married Susan Augusta DeLancey in 1811, and the couple had seven children. D. 1851

"Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other."

—James Fenimore Cooper


https://ffrf.org/news/day/15/09/freethought/#james-fenimore-cooper




I loved his Leatherstocking Tales when I was a kid.

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beam me up scottie Sep 2017 OP
saidsimplesimon Sep 2017 #1
beam me up scottie Sep 2017 #2
Voltaire2 Sep 2017 #4
saidsimplesimon Sep 2017 #6
northoftheborder Sep 2017 #3
beam me up scottie Sep 2017 #5
Cuthbert Allgood Sep 2017 #7

Response to beam me up scottie (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 09:05 AM

1. Thank you, scottie

Just a bit off topic on my part. Any mention of the word "Free" reminds me of Ayn Rand and her extreme libertarian views. From the custom auto plates in AZ that parrot the freedom meme, they are not free but slaves to an ideology.

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 09:14 AM

2. That's understandable but in this context it's quite liberal.

Freethought of the Day

"Freethought of the Day" is a daily freethought calendar brought to you courtesy of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, highlighting birthdates, quotes, and other historic tidbits.

https://ffrf.org/news/day


The FFRF probably went with the word 'Freethought' because they're freethinkers:

What Is A Freethinker? - By Dan Barker

free-think-er n. A person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or established belief. Freethinkers include atheists, agnostics and rationalists.


No one can be a freethinker who demands conformity to a bible, creed, or messiah. To the freethinker, revelation and faith are invalid, and orthodoxy is no guarantee of truth.

https://ffrf.org/component/k2/item/18391-what-is-a-freethinker


And you're welcome, ss!

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 16, 2017, 11:01 AM

4. Rand was not a free thinker. In fact and practice

she was a closed minded authoritarian bigot.

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 01:31 PM

6. A bit late scottie

Instead of "the day music died", let me post another blast from my past. Just in case my new improved VPN software does not like You Tube, The lyrics for "Me and My Bobbie Magee"/ "Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose."

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Response to beam me up scottie (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 10:08 AM

3. Free Thinkers in Texas

Several small towns in central Texas were founded by "free thinkers", even have statues commemorating this history. Now of course, they are mostly all Republicans.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 18, 2017, 04:06 PM

5. They have forgotten the faces of their fathers.

Gratuitous Dark Tower reference.

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Response to beam me up scottie (Original post)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 03:08 PM

7. Leatherstocking Tales are SOOOOOOO good.

I'm like SQUEEE! Maybe we're soul mates. That Cooper is a freethinker just makes it all better. Side note: John Greene, in one of his videos on Romanticism, refers to him as James Fenimore Pooper, and that makes me chuckle every time. I'm a middle school boy at heart.

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