" It is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise of its own reason. "
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Pope Pius IX Defines Immaculate Conception as Dogma

The Immaculate Conception is often confused with the Virgin Birth of Jesus, though the two Christian doctrines deal with entirely different events. The Immaculate Conception asserts that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved from the stain of original sin at the moment of her conception, was filled with grace by God, and lived her life completely free from sin. The Virgin Birth, on the other hand, asserts what about the conception of Jesus?




Swaddling is the age-old practice of snugly wrapping infants in cloths or blankets so that movement of their limbs is tightly restricted. Originally believed to be an essential part of stimulating proper posture in infants, swaddling is still widely used today to settle and soothe irritable infants, supposedly by providing warmth and security for a baby who has recently left the womb. However, 20th century psychologist Arthur Janov has claimed that swaddling causes what lifelong adverse effects?

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Eli Whitney

Whitney was the American inventor of the cotton gin, a mechanical device that separates cotton fiber from its seeds. His invention, which had immense economic and social ramifications, brought great wealth to many others, but little to Whitney himself. In 1798, he built a firearms factory, and his products were some of the first to have standardized, interchangeable parts. Why did Whitney's ginning company go out of business only three years after he received his cotton gin patent?

Last updated on Monday, 8th December 2008

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