Dr. Meaden, it is indeed good to connect with non-theists like yourself across the evolving, revolving planet. I would be interested in any comments you may have on my latest incarnation as the Nature Chaplain on YouTube. Cheers!
I might just add that as a atheist 'activist' or 'strong atheist' I shouldn't really go with words others search for to represent the word Atheist. I stay with Non Theist and Atheist and don't pussy foot around the subject. Just not in my character. So I have just found and joined 'Strong Atheists' and feel I'll be at home here too. I didn't know this group existed! Have you seen the group I began, Pat Condell (Atheist activist in UK). It's great, please visit and watch his videos some time.
What I feel about the name 'Bright'? I think it was a symbolic positive name coined to represent the word Atheist in a friendlier, less threatening outfit. I actually joined for what it represents as a growing body or machine to drive our non theist viewpoint. I don't really read into the name as being exclusive or elitist like Mensa. I suppose people will all interpret it as it suits them and what the word may mean to them on a personal level. But the movement behind it I think is what matters to me.
Your profile looks fascinating. My academic knowledge is in the fields of philosophy and religious studies with my speciality areas being in Nietzsche and Religious Terrorism (I researched the latter for my Master's). However I am fascinated by cosmology, brane theory, the many world interpretation of QM (Oxford's David Deutsch is my hero), and ofcourse evolutionary theory (Richard Dawkins being another Oxford hero of mine). Thus I am sure I would be absolutely fascinated to converse with you and join your group. Thanks for the warm welcome.
Thank you it is good to be here and, finally free of the mental slavery that has held me down for years. I look forward to interacting with fellow atheists around the world and, learning much more about my new way of life and thinking.
Thank you for welcoming me to the group. I can see that this is indeed a busy place! I am new to the Atheist Nexus and there is much to do all over this site. Nexus is quite different from many other atheist websites which are generally boring.