All Blog Posts Tagged 'humanism' (53)

Gay & Lesbian Humanist now online

The latest issue of Gay & Lesbian Humanist is now online, and I'm posting this on behalf of Mike, the editor. We hope you'll look in, perhaps send us a letter if there's anything you like – or even don't like! Happy Christmas from all of us to all of you.



Here is the news release that went out yesterday:



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To see the latest issue of G&LH, go to… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on December 23, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Anthropa: Humanism in Action

Anthropa is a concept to bring a positive and active Humanism to the fore, somewhere between UUism and Humanism, where we can celebrate our several cultures that bind and enrich us with Humanism supplanting superstition; and with hope, to provide and enlightenment charity and outreach to the community at large. If you've been to far too many group meetings where the focus is on bashing the superstitious rather than celebrating life, love and nature,… Continue

Added by Darwin Penda on December 5, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

The Atheist's Guide To Christmas

This was originally posted over on my blog, Cubik's Rube.




If you want to know what I think of the Atheist's Guide to Christmas, a book that's just been released, which was put together by the lovely Ariane Sherine (organiser of the Atheist Bus Campaign) and which features essays from many of the grooviest godless guys and gals of our time,… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on September 29, 2009 at 6:13pm — 1 Comment

Gaytheist discussion group

Don't know whether I told the one man and a dog that read this occasional blog, but I've set up a Yahoo! discussion group called Gaytheist. Sounds a bit like "Gay theist", I know, but we brainstormed the name and this seemed the best for a bunch of gay (and gay-friendly straight) freethinkers/secularists/atheists. There's precedent, in that there are one of two groups and/or blogs with "Gaytheist" in their name. And the rhyme with "atheist" probably overcomes the suggestion of a gay God… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on August 31, 2009 at 10:55am — 1 Comment

What if you only had a trillion years?

Cross-posted over at my blog, Cubik's Rube.



This isn't an argument I've seen put forward anywhere before, so it's possble I'm having one of my more original moments here. I've written before about the idea that only a god, or an eternal afterlife, or something of that ilk, can give life any meaning or purpose, and why I think it's bollocks. But here's a way of looking at… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on June 21, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Of Humanist Symposia and Amazing Meetings

The 37th Human Symposium is up, with some great links. And I'm in it! I admit, I'm usually more of a Carnival of the Godless kinda guy, and I don't get to read all that much about actual humanism itself, away from all the anti-religious stuff. I think I'm going to need to keep up with this more closely in future, though.



And on… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 25, 2009 at 7:39am — No Comments

More than we can handle

Here's something that's annoyed me for a while. It came up again in a couple of places in quick succession lately - once in an episode of Bones, I forget the other - so I thought it was about time to try explaining what exactly it is that pisses me off so much.



It's about the assertion that life, or fate, or God, or whatever, "never gives us more than we can handle".



I think it's a phrase that's supposed to be comforting to someone going through hard times, to reassure… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 20, 2009 at 4:37pm — 1 Comment

Genius Burned at the Stake

My heroine’s commitment to teaching evolutionary biology prompted me to bone up on the history of evolution. I wondered why it took so long for Lamarck, Wallace and Darwin to come along. The anatomical connection between mankind and the animals is evident—we have the same organ systems as the great apes, for instance. The human oxygen-carrying metaloprotein hemoglobin, containing hundreds of components in a complex heterocyclic ring, is exactly the same in gorillas—atom for atom. Why did it… Continue

Added by Richard Goscicki on April 29, 2009 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Is Atheism a Religion

"I get this question all the time from religionists. 'Isn't atheism a religion as well?' Aside from the cute responses like 'If atheism is a religion then bald is a hair color', it is really difficult for religionists to "imagine no religion". Its like they think humans cannot live without religion, so what ever they espouse, must be a religion. Here is the way I have taken to explaining it to them.



"Athiests have no imaginary friends, religionists do- its that simple. We live… Continue

Added by Darrel Ray on April 20, 2009 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Ten Commitments (an ethical and modern replacement for the Ten Commandments)

Ten Commitments



1. Do not lie to yourself.

2. Do not lie to other people, unless they are exercising tyranny.

3. When you think it is your duty to inflict pain, scrutinize your reasons closely.

4. When you desire power, examine yourself carefully as to why you desire it.

5. When you have power, use it to build up people, not to constrict them.

6. Do not attempt to live without vanity, since this is impossible, but choose the right audience from which to seek… Continue

Added by Galen Thurber on April 5, 2009 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

On Atheism

I like this, taken from the BHA:



Live your life based on humanity and reason and recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. Base decisions on the available evidence and an assessment of the outcomes, not on any dogma or sacred text. Atheism and agnosticism is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than any negative responses to religion. Foster individual rights and freedoms but believe that individual responsibility, social… Continue

Added by Enlightened Observer on December 6, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Harvard honors the Sarah Palin of humanism

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It's always interesting when someone unexpectedly breaks from the backfield and grabs a high-profile plum from more worthy contenders. Dan Quayle, Harriet Miers, and Clarence Thomas leap to mind. Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture, or Art Carney (!) beating Dustin Hoffmann, Jack Nicholson, and Al Pacino for Best Actor.



Sarah Palin recently joined the ranks of those unexpectedly thrust to the front of the line,… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 9, 2008 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

On Spiritual Humanism (or religion based on reason)

For the first time since jumping off the fence I have been tempted... at www.spiritualhumanism.org apparently you can be ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy with only one requisite, agreeing to the following statement Religion must be based on Reason.



Spiritual Humanism defines itself as a religion based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science. Furthermore, the site goes on to explain how Spiritual Humanism… Continue

Added by Rosa on September 3, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

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