This site will carry us through to the full launch on January 1. During this period, you can sign up for membership, watch a video about the Foundation, learn about our first featured causes as they are announced, nominate… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 1, 2009 at 12:34pm —
I followed Connor (14) into the kitchen, where our dog Gowser, a 65 lb. Rhodesian ridgeback mix, was eating contentedly.
Connor got down on all fours and began nuzzling his face toward the food bowl, making slurping noises. Suddenly from deep in Gowser's throat came a sound I had never heard her make – a deep, angry growl.
Foundation Beyond Belief is a new 501c3 charitable and educational foundation created (1) to focus, encourage and demonstrate humanistic generosity, and (2) to support a nationwide education and support program for nontheistic parents.
We're now in the home stretch of our founding fund drive -- just 24 hours to go, and 24 percent of our goal remains before the drive ends on Sept 1. If we can just push through the last bit here, we will have the funds needed to see us through… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 31, 2009 at 6:57pm —
Being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead. — Kurt Vonnegut
I don't give as much as I'd like to the causes I care about. I consider myself a pretty generous guy, and when I give, I give generously. But I get to the end of each year and realize that I just haven't given as much as I wish I had. Again.
Another thing: When religious folks give through… Continue
A couple of years ago, Becca and I had a college friend over for dinner. Hadn't seen him for years. An engineer and a gentleman. We had a great time catching up, and inevitably he asked about my work.
He listened thoughtfully as I filled him in on the nonreligious parenting book I'd just released, nodding his head, occasionally making a supportive sound or saying "Wow, that's really great stuff you're doing." But I could tell there was something left… Continue
I simply can't stand us. Really I can't. We crack me up.
I've written before about the endless obsession of the freethought community with labels: atheist vs. humanist, atheist vs. agnostic, humanist vs. secular humanist, nonreligious vs. nonbeliever vs. Bright.
I don't mind someone saying why they choose one over another, or why they switch back and forth in different situations. What I've had enough… Continue
As y'all know, on December 6, a number of nonreligious parents gathered at Harvard's Fong Auditorium to get some ideas about raising kids without religion. Greg Epstein also led a discussion about how best to form a more lasting community to serve the needs of nonreligious parents in the Boston/Cambridge area.
Washington Post reporter Robin Shulman spent the day with us and wrote…Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on January 14, 2009 at 8:01am —
Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself. Economist VILFREDO PARETO, referring to the errors of Kepler
In 1847, around the time Pareto was conceived, an obstetrician by the name of Ignaz Semmelweis noticed that pregnant women in his hospital were much more likely to die if their babies were delivered by doctors than by… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on December 23, 2008 at 9:28am —
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. BERTRAND RUSSELL, in Sceptical Essays (1928)
here was a time when I was a quiet, closeted nonbeliever. It was a smallish moment that tipped me from passive disbelief to secular humanist activism. Not some Robertson/Falwell nonsense, nor a Bushism, not the abuse of children nor the disempowerment of women nor… Continue
There are countless congratulatory messages for President-elect Obama this morning, all well-deserved. The most remarkably gifted presidential candidate of our time managed somehow to negotiate an unimaginably grueling campaign, and we, despite ourselves, managed to elect him. Shout-outs all around.
But I wanted to take a moment to recognize one of the people who by his own account helped make him what he is -- his nonreligious mother, Ann Dunham.
The second installment in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting. Back to BEST PRACTICES #1.
If the Ten Commandments had been posted at Columbine High School, the April 20 massacre would never have happened. --former Republican Congressman and current Libertarian Presidential candidateBOB BARR, at a press conference on June 17,…
The next act in the long and ugly creationist end-game will take place in Texas. After the previous two acts, my confidence is high.
One of my dearest hopes for the next generation is that they get a real shot at understanding evolution. My own teenage understanding of the theory was fuzzy around the edges, since we touched on it for all of about eight minutes in high school. I didn't encounter it again until Anthro 1 at Berkeley--at which point it dazzled me so much I… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on October 22, 2008 at 5:39pm —