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Postcard from Edinburgh: Flannery on David Hume, Alfred Russel Wallace, C.S. Lewis, & More

Our colleague Michael Flannery, on a research trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, sent back these cool samples of the sights to be seen:


The skeptic David Hume (1711-1776) is prominently acknowledged on the streets of Edinburgh in this highly stylized statue on High Street in Old Town. Despite his honorific status, Hume's argument against miracles was convincingly dismantled in a critique by Alfred Russel Wallace in his book On Miracles and Spiritualism: Three Essays (1875), which anticipated C.S. Lewis's equally devastating treatment 72 years later. Darwin was significantly influenced by Hume, as amply demonstrated in his private notebooks.

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Today called St. Leonard's Hall, this impressive mansion serves a number of purposes for the University of Edinburgh, including meetings and other social functions. Historically it is a striking example of the Scottish Baronial architecture of its day. Designed by John Lessels for the publisher Thomas Nelson around 1870, it sits alongside the picturesque Holyrood Park.

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The sun setting on Edinburgh. This is near Arthur's Seat, an 822-foot majestic extinct volcanic hill that dominates Holyrood Park.

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