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"I never tire of reading Paine." - Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
"I consider Paine to be our greatest political thinker." - Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931)
Thomas Paine - an engraving from 1793 by William Sharp after the portrait by George Romney from 1792
Thomas Paine National Historical Association
The first goal for this site is to become the largest single archive of works on or about Thomas Paine on the World Wide Web. The second stage will see it become the most comprehensive ie. it will ultimately include everything that Paine is known to have written.
The text of Common Sense can be found here.
The text of Rights of Man can be found here.
The text of The Age of Reason can be found here.
Related material on this site:
Kenneth Griffith's documentary on Thomas Paine - The Most Valuable Englishman Ever. Somehow, this documentary crept past the BBC censors and was broadcast in 1982. All requests to the BBC for a repeat have so far been ignored.
The Thomas Paine Society
Thomas Paine: Collected Writings
A collection of books about survival, available for download as ZIP files.
(ZIP format - What's that?)
More e-books are available at: Survival e-books
The Horizon Research Foundation
If the continuation of consciousness and the mind at a time when the clinical criteria of death have been met and the brain has ceased functioning can be proven through large scale, reproducible scientific studies, then this will have huge implications for society.
It would indicate that the mind/consciousness may be a scientific entity, which is as of yet undiscovered, but which is not produced by the brain and is hence a separate entity from it.
Conceptually this may be rather similar to the discovery of electromagnetic phenomenon in the 19th century or Quantum processes which could not have been reduced down to the science of their time, however they do exist and were eventually discovered many years after they were first proposed.
Not only do we now know that they exist but we currently use them in our daily lives for example when we watch television, or use the microwave oven. It may be that in the same manner, we cannot reduce mind/consciousness down to chemical processes occurring in the brain.
If proven it would also mean that the age-old philosophical concept of the 'soul' may be the same as the more modern concepts of mind/consciousness and it is this that appears to remain after death.
The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is the first launched by the Human Consciousness Project, a multidisciplinary collaboration of international scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the relationship between mind and brain during clinical death, and is led by Dr. Sam Parnia, a world-renowned expert on the study of the human mind and consciousness during clinical death, together with Dr Peter Fenwick and Professors Stephen Holgate and Robert Peveler of the University of Southampton. The team will be working in collaboration with more than 25 major medical centers throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States.
What Happens When We Die? - An article by M.J. Stephey in Time (September 18, 2008)
A fellow at New York City's Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Sam Parnia is one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death. Last week Parnia and his colleagues at the Human Consciousness Project announced their first major undertaking: a 3-year exploration of the biology behind "out-of-body" experiences. The study, known as AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation), involves the collaboration of 25 major medical centers through Europe, Canada and the U.S. and will examine some 1,500 survivors of cardiac arrest.
New Research Confirms Life After Death - NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER (January, 2001)
“Science since the 17th century has kept, to the idea of an objective external world, arguing that matter is dead, but in the last few decades another view has developed that the material world is not dead and has a consciousness.”
HELEN DUNCAN - The OFFICIAL Web Site
THIS WEBSITE tells the true story of a Scottish housewife who found herself in the centre of a WWII legal battle which ended with her brutal conviction of a 'crime' under Britain's ancient Witchcraft Act and jailed for nine months simply for falling asleep on request.
Her name was Helen Duncan and in every respect but one she was just a normal housewife and mother of six.
That single aspect that made her different from others and was destined to make her the confidante of wartime premier Winston Churchill and his colleagues is that she had the astonishing ability to bring the dead to life.
Mrs Duncan was a Spiritualist Materialisation Medium through whose ample body milky ectoplasm flowed and formed into complete human figures which could walk and talk and greet their living relatives with intimate secrets know only within their families.
This is the true story of a woman sent to prison accused of being a witch when she was a well-known and proven psychic. During WWII Helen's accurate 'death notices' were verified countless times. When she materialized the full form of a sailor with the name H.M.S. BARHAM on his cap, a ship, which the English government denied had been sunk; she was arrested and jailed as a spy and then a witch. Even after she was proven correct, she was held as a witch. Her story is still unfolding today and is documented here.
This web site is the OFFICIAL home for news about Helen and the attempts to clear her name. The British Society of Paranomal Studies has embarked on the legal efforts to have Helen granted a posthumous pardon.
Wallace Online - Complete edition of the writings of naturalist and co-founder of the theory of evolution Alfred Russel Wallace
Wallace Letters Online - Scans and transcripts of letters written and received by Wallace as well as a selection of other Wallace manuscripts
The Alfred Russel Wallace Page - The life and work of the English naturalist, evolutionist, and social critic Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913)
"Truth is born into this world only with pangs and tribulations, and every fresh truth is received unwillingly. To expect the world to receive a new truth, or even an old truth, without challenging it, is to look for one of those miracles which do not occur."
(from an interview with Wallace published posthumously in 1913)
Jesus Never Existed - www.jesusneverexisted.com - For all who would struggle against the tragedy of religion
What they don't tell the children...
Once a particular Christianity - hierarchical and authoritarian - became wedded to the Roman state, it became a force of brutal repression. This so-called 'orthodoxy' suppressed and persecuted its 'heretical' opposition.
A triumphant Christianity was the active agent in destroying knowledge and access to learning. An ignorant and impoverished population was more readily subjugated by Princes of the Church.
The cost to humanity of fifteen centuries of Christian savagery - of hundreds of millions of lives brutalised and truncated, sacrificed to war, torture, pogrom, burning, pestilence and plague - is incalculable.
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible - www.skepticsannotatedbible.com
"For nearly two billion people, the Bible is a holy book containing the revealed word of God. It is the source of their religious beliefs. Yet few of those who believe in the Bible have actually read it.
This must seem strange to those who have never read the Bible. But anyone who has struggled through its repetitious and tiresome trivia, seemingly endless genealogies, pointless stories and laws, knows that the Bible is not an easy book to read. So it is not surprising that those that begin reading at Genesis seldom make it through Leviticus. And the few Bible-believers that survive to the bitter end of Revelation must continually face a disturbing dilemma: their faith tells them they should read the Bible, but by reading the Bible they endanger their faith.
The most popular solution to this problem is to leave the Bible reading to the clergy. The clergy then quote from the Bible in their writings and sermons, and explain its meaning to the others. Extreme care is taken, of course, to quote from the parts of the Bible that display the best side of God and to ignore those that don't. That this approach means that only a fraction of the Bible is ever referenced is not a great problem. Because although the Bible is not a very good book, it is a very long one.
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible attempts to remedy this imbalance. It includes the entire text of the King James Version of the Bible, but without the pro-Bible propaganda. Instead, passages are highlighted that are an embarrassment to the Bible-believer, and the parts of the Bible that are never read in any Church, Bible study group, or Sunday School class are emphasized. For it is these passages that test the claims of the Bible-believer. The contradictions and false prophesies show that the Bible is not inerrant; the cruelties, injustices, and insults to women, that it is neither good nor just."
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