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Black Freethought

This is a group for ALL interested in the subject of black atheism, freethought, & humanism. "Black" pertains to all people of African descent.

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The photo displayed is of Harlem soapbox orator, agitator, popular educator, & atheist Hubert Henry Harrison.

Documentation of black atheism, freethought, & humanism on the web can be found in my atheist web guide.

See also my working bibliography.

I also have a general interest blog, Reason & Society.

Some of you may also be interested in some of my other projects, e.g. The Autodidact Project, my Studies in a Dying Culture (blog), and my Emergence blog. You can also listen to my podcasts: my Internet radio show is called "Studies in a Dying Culture," hosted by Think Twice Radio.

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Comment by Charley Reynolds on April 20, 2009 at 4:19pm
Human life started in africa, atleast we have staggering evidence supporting this. We are all of the same people, only developed to our environments differently depending on where our ancestors ancestors (etc etc) decided to move to. People are people, and we all have the ability to do great things, or to do horrible things. So what am I ranting about? the fact that our establishments encourage us to stay divided.

Our monetary system and the establishments set forth are the reason why no one trusts anyone, or why we think everyone is out to get us. How can we ALL be atheists, yet still divide ourselves based on the melanin in our skin (correct spelling of melanin?), or lack there of.
I dunno, guess just wonder why we are divinding into other "races" is all..


Children only know what they see. I grew up in a predominatly white area (Georgia, Vermont) and had one black friend. Him and his family had the hardest time growing up because they were a minority.. I dont know if "lack of exposure" to people of other cultures is the main reason, and/or a combination of that and indoctrinated ideals of racism and non acceptance of any peoples outside of what is comfortable of them... Its disturbing, but I believe that through our evolution as a species, race will be something long forgotten or even thought about really (unleess it was for some sort of research I suppose that was un biast and non destructive or hurtful)... So now taking a turn without signaling, How many people here know about the Zeitgeist movement?

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1543831119879192379
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 20, 2009 at 3:57pm
Fair enough! At some point, I will start a discussion on biology, culture, history, and metaphysics to straighten out the ideological issues that surface whenever these matters are discussed.
Comment by Dave Myers on April 20, 2009 at 3:33pm
.... let 'us' connect - them , in a more historically , correct / true / and honest fashion ... shall we ? I think then , the rest takes care of it 'self ... (smile) .
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 20, 2009 at 2:38pm
I see. So now we're talking not only about the biological origin of the human race but the earliest civilization. That's part of what you mean by connecting the dots. Very well. And once we connect them, then what? Do we value the ancient more than the modern? Vice versa? My problem is when people make claims that go beyond factual claims. Some claim that all civilization is a mistake, that we never should have been suckered into cultivating plants. Indeed, when one turns real history into metaphysics one can make any value claim one wishes. I prefer living in the modern world, thank you, and when it comes to ancient civilizations, it's six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Comment by Dave Myers on April 20, 2009 at 1:02pm
.... I think that any-one taking care enough , to perform a bit of home-work/independant research , will un-cover a wealth of data supporting those who claim that 'sophisticated' civilization originated in black africa ...
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 19, 2009 at 9:55pm
Suppose remains were discovered in China that antedated all others. Then we would be, ipso facto, all of Chinese dissent. This would mean one or more of three things:

(1) Barring some major evolutionary divergence, the human race is biologically the same for all intents and purposes;

(2) We are all really Chinese (which means what to us, culturally?);

(3) We should stop disrespecting the Chinese, because we descended from them or their ancestors.

I guess it would be shocking for some ill-informed racial supremacist to learn something like this. However, in the larger scheme of things, what difference does it make what geographical point of origin the human species has? Why should we give a shit one way or the other? But yes, the reconstruction of the biological history of the species is important; equally important is the reconstruction of its social history, which interacts with the biological, but requires an analysis on a different level. If this is a discussion worth pursuing, then perhaps we should start one in the discussion section.
Comment by Dave Myers on April 19, 2009 at 9:44pm
... if we're not able to accurately connect our historical ( ancestral ) dots , what's left ??
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 19, 2009 at 3:36pm
Welcome, Claudia. I look forward to learning more about your historical research.

Perhaps a further dissemination of the long-known fact of the African origin of human life will give some people perspective. Ultimately I don't think there's anything deep about that, as polygenesis was discredited long ago. But maybe the Darwin-deniers still think we all belong to different species. You know, there's a lot of basic stuff I learned back in grade school decades ago that most Americans don't know now, given how bad our educational systems are.
Comment by Dave Myers on April 19, 2009 at 2:14pm
... here - in lies , the "real" discussion , and unfortunately , one that will not substantively "begin" untill it's realized by all , that modern humanities ancestors ARE of african descent ...
Comment by Gwen on April 18, 2009 at 9:47pm
I live in the 'liberal' bay area of California, and one would think I would be able to find a few AAAtheists here, but...no luck...the closest I could find was a 'deist', but at least he didn't run away screaming when I told him I was a-theist!
 

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