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What do you think about humanism reflected as the faith? [15 Mar 2011|11:26pm]

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the screams of dolphins [21 Jul 2010|01:25am]


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thumbs down for marcus [16 Sep 2009|11:52pm]


i think the kids that voted for marcus tasty demise
should have gone to see him slaughtered,
just to crank up the traumatisation a notch.
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Always inspired me, thoughts? [14 Sep 2009|12:46pm]


Richard Dawkins & Carl Sagan: "Will the Universe Be the New Religion?"


In his classic on the place of planet earth in the universe, Pale Blue Dot, Carl Sagan asked how is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and said "This is better than we thought. The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. Instead they say, 'No. no. no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way."

Carl Sagan dreamed of a world where a new religion that stressed the wonder and awe and magnificence of the Universe as revealed by science "might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths." 

In a similar vein, Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins debates physicist Lawrence Krauss ("The Physics of Star Trek") asks and answers some of the big questions about religion and our existence on Earth.

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20 Deaths a Day [17 Aug 2009|10:10am]

The first animated episode of the humanist webcomic, The Flowfield Unity is out in the wild. You can see it below, or HERE on Youtube.

It's based on the strip 20 Deaths a day.

But which do you prefer... static webcomics or moving images?
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Wikipedia: Attempt to delete all content from "Humanism" article underway [11 Aug 2009|06:42pm]


If any of you have an account for editing Wikipedia, you may be interested in an attempt to delete all content from the "Humanism" article and forward the link instead to the "Humanism (disambiguation)" page.

Right now there is currently a fair amount of description of humanism, most specifically the philosophy that is shared by secular humanists, "life stance" humanists (like the International Humanist and Ethical Union), and religious humanists (like the hUUmanists). One commenter on the talk page likens it to there being a top-level article on "Islam," even though there are also articles on "Shia Islam" and "Sunni Islam:" the article called just "Islam" describes what the various subgroups have in common. The proposal is to remove all that summary material in favor of pointing to a disambiguation page that includes links to "Renaissance humanism" and "Christian humanism" in greater prominence.

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If you have a Wikipedia account and would like to prevent the deletion of the entire "Humanism" article, please see the discussion and cast your vote to "oppose" the redirection at this link:


Thank you!

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Atheism or antitheism? [24 Mar 2009|11:25am]

“The New Atheist Movement is destructive”
In any case, my opinions are not so much about these books as the general tone and direction the new atheism they represent has adopted. This is not a function of what exactly these books say, but of how they are perceived, and the kind of comments the four horsemen make in newspaper articles and interviews. All this, I think, has been unhelpful in many ways. In short, the new atheism gets atheism wrong, gets religion wrong, and is counterproductive.
Julian Baggini expresses some things that I've thought, and I'm pondering other points he makes. In the meantime, I'm eager to read his Atheism - A very short introduction.
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[15 Mar 2009|09:03pm]

Here's an article I wrote for my Freethinker Meetup. I'm working on a follow-up, and will post it here when it's finished.

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Gawd save the Queen ... or something like that [09 Feb 2009|11:20pm]

NPR has a story contrasting the celebration of Charles Darwin in the UK and the controversy in the US. The short version is that he's a national hero in his homeland, but thirty-four of the United States “have passed anti-evolution laws of one kind or another.” :-(

Representing the Church of England, the Right Rev. Lord Harries of Pentregarth trots out a version of NOMA, which I think is a cop-out. In the reverend's own example, when science and scriptures clash, science wins and that segment of scripture is declared to be metaphorical. I haven't read the “new atheist” books of Richard Dawkins, but I think his criticism of NOMA is on the mark.

I am happy that the story clearly stated “But the fight continues. It's not a scientific fight. Science has already proclaimed Darwin the winner. It's a social tug of war.” Not all news outlets have done so.

This coming Thursday is Darwin's two hundredth birthday.
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Sexual self-esteem graduate student research. Raffle for $40 Visa Giftcard. [08 Feb 2009|11:32pm]

I am doing a research study on sexual esteem. I am interested in developing a survey that will measure not just self-esteem related to sexuality, but different aspects of sexual esteem like confidence in sexual skills and feeling accepted by a partner. The survey is anonymous and confidential.

I am looking for people to volunteer for my research study. If you participate, you will take a simple survey over the internet. At the end of the survey (about 30 minutes), you can enter a raffle to win a $40 Visa giftcard.

A little about me:
My name is Kat. I am a graduate student in the Human Sexuality Studies program at SFSU. This research is for my Master’s Thesis.

If you are interested in participating, click the link below to find out more about the project and take the survey.


Kat Scoggin
My advising professor is Ryan Howell
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Family Values Without Religion [22 Jan 2009|04:20am]


The American Humanist Association ran this full-page ad in the special inauguration edition of the Washington Post.

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Texas Science Standards up for a vote [18 Jan 2009|11:49am]

This week the Texas State Board of Education will vote on proposed science standards for Texas public schools.

You can read the draft here: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/teks/scienceTEKS.html

As the draft stands now Texas looks to be moving towards 21st century standards in my opinion. There is discussion about adding a proposal requiring equal time in public school science classrooms for intelligent design and pro-creationism science curricula. Whether or not you agree with the current draft or the proposed changes to the draft you should let your SBOE representative and your other elected officials know how you feel.

Make your voice heard. I for one don't believe my astronomy classroom is the most appropriate place for a discussion of intelligent design so I let me rep know how I feel even know she has publicly stated the opposing view. The free and open exchange of ideas is important in a democracy after all.

You can find your various Texas elected officials by entering your address here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

Make your voice heard!
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Happy HumanLight Day! [23 Dec 2008|08:50am]


December 23 is HumanLight Day for many Humanists. This year, it even got coverage on NPR's Morning Edition. Just don't tell Bill O'Reilly! ;-)
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Lets not forget what Christmas is all about! [22 Dec 2008|07:24pm]

OK, I bet both my atheist and theist friends on my friends list will agree that the people I am about to talk about are stupid.

My wife is in the medical profession. People will again and again bring things up to her like astrology or healing tough (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therapeutic_touch) or some kind of magic or other, paganism, Wicca, the list goes on and on and be surprised that she isn't especially interested in the topic. I have had similar things happen, for some reason there are lots and lots of people who seem to think if you are an atheist you must be into all other supernatural beliefs. Why is this? Why do people not see that in fact the opposite is true? Does this happen to all of you???
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[05 Dec 2008|10:12am]

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has put up a winter solstice display next to a Nativity scene in the Washington state capitol building.

Bill O'Reilly angrily rants about it.

Keith Olbermann responds.

One may contact Gov. Gregoire to offer criticism or support.

I don't watch Olbermann, but I kind of like him from this clip. On the other hand, I've heard that he's little more than a mirror image of O'Reilly, i.e. a TV blowhard but politically liberal.
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Holiday music [03 Dec 2008|10:06am]

For the holidays and/or Adam Sandler fans, here's the Atheism Song.

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Flowfield Roundup [28 Sep 2008|08:14pm]

Here are this month's most popular strips from The Flowfield Unity. Click on the pictures to join in the discussion.

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[19 Sep 2008|11:01am]

New community for meeting radical bloggers and thinkers!Collapse )
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CALLING ALL NON-BELIEVERS: Express yourself in a HumanLight Design Contest [18 Sep 2008|09:42pm]

HumanLight is a holiday celebrated around December 23rd specifically to acknowledge reason, family, friendship, and other shared, secular values of humankind. To learn more, visit the website: http://www.humanlight.org

The HumanLight Committee is hosting a HumanLight Holiday card and ornament design contest for secularists of all ages. Contestants should design an artistic expression to positively address these questions or some aspect of the HumanLight holiday.
What do we have to celebrate during the winter holiday season? What do you hope for in the future? What's the Humanist view/perspective?

ELIGIBILITY: All are welcome to enter!

Category 1: Ages 11 and under.
Category 2: Ages 12-17.
Category 3: Ages 18 and up.

One entry per artist. All media, (painting, printmaking, collage, digital art, photography, or perhaps something even more creative?) is accepted.

TO APPLY: Email the image as a high resolution (at least 300 dpi) JPEG
to humanlightcontest@gmail.com. In the body of the email, include the artist's name, age, what country and state (if it applies) he or she is from, and what method he or she used to create the image.

DEADLINE for entries is November 1, 2008.

Judge: Martha Knox is a fine artist, Humanist celebrant, art teacher, and Director of the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

Prizes: Three images will be selected, 1 from each age category. Cards and ornaments displaying all three winners will be available for purchase at the HumanLight merchandise webpage. Each prize winner will receive an ornament and set of cards with their image, as well as some HumanLight candy! The winners and their designs will also be featured on the main HumanLight website www.humanlight.org.

All images in this contest are owned by the artist. By submitting images to this contest, the artist agrees to grant the HumanLight Committee the right to print or otherwise re-publish the submitted images in marketing or web materials for the purpose of promoting HumanLight so long as credit is given to the artist as the original creator of the image(s). All proceeds from HumanLight merchandise sales will go toward further promotion of HumanLight.

Spread the word!
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Debating a Mormon [01 Sep 2008|02:28am]
My Debate With a Mormon
My Arguement: 

As an atheist/Humanist, I deny the exsistance of God, or any other Deity/deities and concern myself with topics such as Morality, science, the welfare of people etc. My philosophy teaches me that the only way anyone deserves to be treated and should ever be treated is with kindness. Indeed, i strive to always follow this although there are times when i don't. After i finished reading 'The End of Faith' I learned alot about the dangers of irrationality, religious violence, and how it inhibits this world from progressing. I agree with the author in that religion is shown to much respect and is too protected in our, as well as most societies. This protection prevents people from seeing how dangerous religon can be. Another thing i learned from 'The End of Faith.'


In politics, i am very liberal and am strongly opposed to the war (which is a religious war) that has caused thousands of our troops to perish and a myriad of suffering to their families. Although, I'm not a conservative, I believe abortion to be murder and think it should be illegal. I base my views/beliefs around evidence (psycological, historical, scientific etc) and what i've seen leads to believe there is no God. Although, like i said earlier, there is no concrete evidence, so i accept the fact that i could be wrong.


In science i accpt Evolution as a biological fact as there is an enormous ammount of proof in it's favor (the moths, giraffes, carbon d
dating, fossils, all the diffrent breeds of dogs, and the fact that historical records indicate that we are getting bigger and more intelligent). I think it's a definate fact that life has been evolving over millions of years. Of course, i realize that this doesn't disprove religion in any way, it's just something i believe in.
 Mormon: I would disagree with the author on that: Religion is protected because it is the basic right of all people inherited by all on this Earth.  Of course religion can be used for evil, but to think that is what religion only does is going so far off and ignoring the bigger picture.  Anything can be used for evil if anyone wants to.  What has eugenics been used for?  The Holocaust, and many other genocides.  Eugenics is a basic property of evolution.  What can  feminism be used for? Women's rights and fair treatment, it can also promote abortion.  The media has skewed the true nature of Islam which has given everyone the wrong idea, that it is a primitive violent religion.  Islamic societies have been two steps ahead of most Western Societies.  While Women in Europe were wearing corsets and sitting to look pretty, Islamic women were doctors and philosophers.  Most Western countries have been heavily influenced by Islamic countries.  Islam does not preach kill the infidel that is a regional and political thing.  And guess what Darwinism teaches: Survival of the Fitist, completely contradictory to social humanitarianism.  If Darwinism was taken in literally it could easily be used to teach for man to look out for himself.  You said you concerned your self with Social Welfare with people so I assume you are very much a humanitarian.  Does this so called book tell you that Religion can also be used for many good things?  How about being neighborly, and brining neighbors together instead of unto themselves?  How about being there when needed when natural disasters occur and the Government can't get it's act together, churches step in and help.     

The war is not a religious war, that's an utter load of nonsense.  It's a war of political social climbing between nations.   With cells of killers in the Middle East The United States wants to stake a claim to be one-step-ahead.  Iraq doesn't exactly have a rich supply of Oil either, not in comparison to Saudi Arabia or Kuwait.  If it did why are we paying $5 for gas?  

I accept Evolution as fiction. Nothing more than simple fiction created by man.  But it sounds like you could be more Agnostic instead of Atheistic.

My Rebutle:

I kind of agree with you- Religion definatly deserves respect and concideration, just like any other belief.; however I believe that we've given it too many concessions in our society. Like, in some states innocent things like drug use (harmless drugs like marijuana and ecstasy) are banned from use. Engaging in homosxual sex is banned in thirteen states in the USA and people who partake in such activites may be prosecuted at the cop's discretion. And there are millions of Americans suffering from incurable diseass like HIV, cancer, diabetes etc. These potencially fatal diseases may be cured if the government would allow and support Stem Cell Research, yet because our Holy Books state that it's wrong Congress banned it. I also disagree with you about the genetics thing. Evolution does not, in any way advocate the killing of millions of people; it just tries to explain the exsistance of the universe, simply put. Eugenics is something people have applied to Evolution, but Darwin didn't condone such a thing. As for Islam; that faith teahces that most women go to hell simply because it's very sexist and it subjugates women. Did you know that if a girl/woman dishonors her family, she can be murdered? Things she could do that can disgrace the family include bening things such as: having premarital sex, getting raped, being outspoken etc. Clearly, we can see that Muslim men treat women far worse than Americans.


You do know why the terrorists attacked us on 9/11 right? They did it cause the Koran teaches them to hate us. I can get you a source if you want. You can deny it and call it a political war all you want, but it's is still a religious war.


There is strong, (although not 100%) proof for Evolution. Even Mormons believe in Evolution; if Evolution isn't true than why do 95% of scientists believe it?

Mormon's rebutle: Utter bull crap the Koran does NOT state such things. Do show me where it does.  Even if it does it also always says find peace before war.  Heck even Jihad doesn't mean Holy War it means personal struggle.  Again things Muslims do is purely misinterpretation of doctrine or a political/geographical thing.  Islam does not teach these, have you even read the Koran? Again Islam always has and always will teach women are to be held in the highest regard.  Things like the head scarf or veils again it's a political thing it's not in the Koran.  The Koran teaches modesty among women.  9/11 again it's a political war in the guise of religion messed up by the Media mongles who are too lazy to crack a book.  Same goes with Evolution, it doesn't condone slaughter of people but my point is like Religion it can be used to do that.

Ecstasy is hardly a harmless drug.  I'd believe Marijuana is more harmless than ecstasy. 


Of cours I've read it- I wouldn't be making this claims if i hadn't. Anyways here are some quotes from the Koran. It teaches Muslims that fighting for Allah and dieing for him will gt you into heavan with '72 dark-eyed virgens' Anyways here are the quotes; "A fire whose fuel is men and stones awaits them" (2:24) "God's curse be upon the infidels!" (2:89) "The unbelievers among the People of the Book '[Christians and Jews]  and the pagans, resent that any blessing should have been sent down to you from your Lord" (2:105) "Do not say that those slain in the cause of God are dead. They are alive but you are not aware ofthem." (2:154) Slay them wherever you find them. Drive them out of the places from which they drove you. Idolatry is worse than carnage (2-190)


Now do you see why they are so violent? The Bible teaches similar things for unbelievers but clearly that hardly ever happens in America. Like Sam Harriis said, we can only be peaceful by ignoring the barbaric instructions of God.

If women are so revered and respected then why do Muslims abuse and harm/kill women so much? Why do women lack basic human rights in the Middle East?


With that being said, it's clear that this war is religious. Jihad and other terrorist groups despise us cause their religon teaches them? If you still don't believe me, read those quotes again. Seriously.


Okay, i admit ecstasy was a bad example. But don't you think it makes us a bit hypocritical to allow alcohol, but make marijuana illegal?

Mormon: Yes but there are also more verses preaching peace.  I would list them but sadly I don't have the Koran with me.  Again the reason women are abused is political reasons.  Misinterpretations of the Koran have lead to such violent behavior.  It's the same with Christians somehow we've all forgotten Love thy Neighbor.  Selective ignorance it happens because we're human and we make mistakes.

Probably frankly I find both equally dangerous.  It should probably just be up to states to decide who wants marijuana and who doesn't.  It could be a figurative place but I would have to do more research.


More verses preaching peace? But what about the verses i've just shown you? I fail to see why Islam is known as the 'religon of peace' with such meaningless drivel it's littered with. About the women; it's common knowledge that Islam, and the Koran treat women like their inferior cause the religon advocates for it. Unfortunately, i don't have the Koran with me either, but i've read such sexist passages in it. Islam also teaches that those who die for Allah will be richly rewarded by him which is the reason Muslim suicide bombers exsist.


Seeing as how most politicians are Christians, i doubt that'll ever happen. Marijuana also has no prevalent halth risks; it can actually reduce stress, alleviate physical pain, and it can also be used to attain a peace and soothing feeling.


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