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CANCER: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
17th-century writer Rene Descartes is regarded as the father of modern philosophy and founder of rationalism. His famous catchphrase is a centerpiece of Western intellectual tradition: “I think, therefore I am.” Here’s what’s amusing and alarming about the man: He read almost nothing besides the Bible and the work of Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas.
GEMINI: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
The word “abracadabra” is a spell that stage magicians say at the climax of their tricks: a catalyst that supposedly makes a rabbit materialize from a hat or an assistant disappear in a puff of smoke. It’s not real sorcery. It’s an illusion perpetrated by the magician’s hocus-pocus. But “abracadabra” has a little-known history, as an incantation real magicians used to generate authentic wizardry, that can be traced back to Gnostic magi of the second century.
TAURUS: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
In 1987, college freshman Mike Hayes was having trouble paying for his University of Illinois education. He appealed for help to famous newspaper columnist Bob Greene, who asked each of his many readers to send Hayes a penny. The response was tidal.
ARIES: October 15-21 Wednesday, October 15
New York City’s Diamond District is home to more than 2,000 businesses that buy and sell jewelry. Through the years, many people have lost pieces of treasure here. Valuable bits of gold and gems have fallen off broken necklaces, earrings, watches, and other accessories.
GROWING UP WITH ALICE COOPER Wednesday, October 15
Celebrating the corruptive influence of The Godfather of Shock Rock
The legendary local bass player talks about family, The Groove Coalition, and what it takes to maintain an original band in Northeast Florida
Years in the making, the Jacksonville rock opera explores a unique era of local history
The classic is getting a new release on Blu-ray/DVD
Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner star in this entertaining (for your kids) comedy
THE JUDGE AND THE JURY Wednesday, October 15
Robert Downey Jr.’s latest is meandering and self-important, but watchable
 
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