I know what I am doing in the next 3 spare hours I can find. Watching this 3-part BBC documentary on the history of atheism. Apparently to be shown — horror of horrors — in the USA on (where else) NPR.
UPDATE: watched it, or enough of it. They, or rather Jonathan Miller, all-round Clever Person and presenter of the documentary, do not. Spinoza’s name is mentioned only in passing in part 2, in the title of an anti-Atheist screed published in the C17th. But a great deal of streaming video bits are spent in a discussion of Hobbes, and some Baron d’Holbach who in 1790 was the first vaguely modern person to formally call himself an atheist. I still, I have to admit, to finish part 3. My overriding impression is so far that it is all a bit anglo-centric. Not enough discussion of the impact of continental mechanical rationalists like Descartes, let alone of Spinoza. Never mind, when Jonathan Miller reads Ultimi Barbarorum he can apologise in the comments section.