On February 7, 1882, John L. Sullivan was on his way to becoming “America’s first sports hero.” All the 24-year-old son of Irish immigrants had to do was throw his hat into the ring....More
Irish Place Names: St. Patrick, MO In the northeast corner of Missouri, 150 miles north of St. Louis and three miles west of the intersection of Highway 61 and State Route Z, an oak grove marks the...More
Philosopher George Berkeley was born in Kilkenny on this day in 1685. Berkeley’s most substantial contribution to philosophy was his theory of “immaterialism,” or “subjective idealism.” He combined empiricism (the belief that knowledge comes only from direct sensory experience) with idealism (the belief that reality as we know it is mentally constructed) concluding that material substance does not exist, but our perceptions of it do. Berkeley is associated with the phrase, “to be is to be perceived.” However, he didn’t believe that physical objects cease to exist when not being perceived, explaining that God always perceives of everything. In contemporary terms, this describes the world as an interactive illusion, similar to “The Matrix,” but with God in place of the machines.