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Eppur si Muove is Italian for "and yet it moves." These are perhaps the most famous words attributed to the Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher Galileo Galilei. While this quote makes for a dramatic climax to the story of Galileo's condemnation for heresy in 1633, there is no proof that the great scientist ever said it. This week on Skepticality, Swoopy talks with author Dan Hofstadter, whose book The Earth Moves: Galileo and the Roman Inquisition paints a unique picture not only of Galileo the heliocentrist, but also of Galileo the humanist.
Show Notes

Date – October 12, 2010 read by Swoopy 

Today's show is about Galileo.
Not Queen. Or Mercury.
The so-called “Miracle of the Sun” took place near Fátima, Portugal on
October 13, 1917 and is one of the most famous Marian apparitions.
Nancy Fowler of Conyers, Georgia claimed to get a monthly message
from the Virgin Mary starting October 13th, 1990 and continuing to the same date in 1998.
Read the contemporary Georgia Skeptics report from the scene and how
Anson Kennedy and Dale Heatherington (co-inventor of the Hayes smartmodem)
debunked the so-called “doorway to heaven” photos taken by believers.
Harvey Washington Wiley campaigned for the Pure Food and Drug Act
in the US and became the first FDA commissioner when it passed.
He was born October 18, 1844.
Harry Thompson Brundige’s investigation of diploma mills first published
in the St. Louis Star on October 15, 1923 was nominated for a
Pulitzer Prize and created a national scandal.
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 went into
effect October 25, 1994 and significantly weakened the FDA.
Aside from Wiley, October 18th is also the birthday of Nicholas Culpeper,
Cyrus Teed, Henri Bergson, Max Gerson, José Arigó, Hulda Clark,
Robert Gimlin and Rebecca Watson. Coincidence? Yes, coincidence.
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Eppur si Muove translates to "And yet it moves."
On the album Interrobang by George Hrab, the words 'E pur si muove' are
printed on the packaging underneath the CD.
Eppur si Muove is also a great episode of The West Wing featuring Elmo.
Today we're talking with Dan Hofstadter, author of The Earth Moves: Galileo and the Roman Inquisition
Galileo is referred to by many as the father of modern science.
Galileo was a Copernican Heliocentrist.
The Roman Catholic Church believed Heliocentrism was heresy.
On 31 October 1992, Pope John Paul II expressed regret for how the Galileo affair was handled
On November 6th 2010 you can attend the First Annual Catholic Conference on Geocentrisim.     

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