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The Brights

Think about your own worldview to decide if it is free of supernatural or mystical deities, forces, and entities. If you decide that you fit the description above, then you are, by definition, a bright!

Website: http://www.the-brights.net/
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What is a Bright?

* A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview
* A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements
* The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview

* We promote the civic understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic worldview, which is free of supernatural and mystical elements.
* We gain public recognition that persons who hold such a worldview can bring principled actions to bear on matters of civic importance.
* We educate society toward accepting the full and equitable civic participation of all such individuals.

Daniel Dennett talks about the Brights movement.

"Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have." -Penn Jillette, active Bright of "Penn and Teller" fame

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Discussion Forum

The Name "Brights"...

Started by MarkFL. Last reply by Reason Being Feb 14, 2012. 92 Replies

By definition I am a bright. However, I hate the name. Why are Brights not naturalists, which is more descriptive, accurate, and less cocky sounding. Where does the term come from and why do people…Continue

Demon Possession, the Apostle Paul, and Epilepsy

Started by Mark D. Zima. Last reply by Richard C Brown Jan 25, 2012. 2 Replies

On my YouTube channel, I am beginning a series of videos exploring the hypothesis that the visions, hyper-religiosity, dramatic religious conversion, and perhaps even hypo-sexuality, of the Apostle…Continue

Tags: hyper-religiosity, epilepsy, hypo-sexuality, religiosity, visions

The Brights logo is interesting...

Started by Limber Lightfoot. Last reply by House Oct 27, 2011. 21 Replies

Hi All, Am I the only person who recognises the logo for this group as being very similar to the Egyptian Amarna period artistic representations of the sun god, the aten, around 1350BC. …Continue

Is anyone else going to the rally?

Started by Apeman Jim. Last reply by Charles Alexander Zorn Oct 28, 2010. 4 Replies

John Stewart is hosting a rally at the Capital Mall. I think it will be a lot of fun!   Continue

Brights Movement reported in Sacramento local paper.

Started by Davis Jacobson. Last reply by Davis Jacobson Aug 5, 2010. 1 Reply

The Brights Movement was featured in a Sacramento local paper.  There is a ton of good stuff in the article!<b>Feature Story</b> (link)The Bright sideIs atheism going mainstream? One…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 25, 2009 at 10:17am
At a guess, I'd say Obama is probably a deist of some sort. But I admit to having absolutly no empirical evidence.
Comment by Alex Donovan on February 25, 2009 at 9:34am
"What do you think the odds are that Obama is a closet atheist? "

Very good...in FAVOR.
Comment by Ida on February 23, 2009 at 2:44am
Understanding reality for what it is. :D
Comment by Carlos Antonio Galeano Rios on February 17, 2009 at 7:17am
I don't know about getting over the need to be loved... I guess the need to be loved exists, but i just prefer it to be love from something that actually exists..
Comment by Casey Wollberg on February 16, 2009 at 9:30pm
Has anyone ever noticed that "bright" can also describe the feel of everything produced by the organization? And I mean that in a bad way: as in, "That's too bright; it's getting on my nerves." When I read the newsletters I sometimes find myself fending off images of Care Bears. Reality isn't all rainbows and kittens, and there is a dark and gritty side to naturalism that has mainly to do with pragmatism and plain, unafraid honesty. Fear of hostility is for folks who still groom their My Little Ponies. Responsible adults who unabashedly face reality know that hostility is a part of life in a free society. We "Brights" need to get over our need to be loved, and just come right out and say it: "Yeah, that's right: naturalism is more enlightened than your silly superstitions. Get hip."
Comment by Jennie on February 10, 2009 at 3:22pm
Dan Dennett is awesome. I saw his lecture at the 2007 AAI Conference. So great. I love the part where he talks about Supers and Murkies. :)
Comment by Joel on February 10, 2009 at 12:31pm
What do you think the odds are that Obama is a closet atheist?
Comment by Ian Mason on February 5, 2009 at 9:08am
How do theists feel about being called Supers? Do they object to that?
Comment by Alex Donovan on February 5, 2009 at 8:59am
I find it funny when people object to the name 'Brights.' Referring to yourself as 'bright' doesn't mean that other people AREN'T bright (even though it has been demonstrated that theists are, on the whole, dumber than atheists).
Perhaps some have internalized all the hatred of atheists that theists demonstrate, to the point that they feel guilty about calling themselves 'bright.'
Comment by Steve Greene on January 20, 2009 at 6:58pm
Mymelody, when you go to your profile page ("My Page") you'll notice a little "Edit" button at the upper right of your Profile Information section (make sure you're logged in). Click on the Edit button. About the fourth item down the list is your Profile Photo. Click on that and you can change it.
 

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