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March 30, 2017

ARTICLES

David Breeden, A Message from the President (UU Humanists) read

Humanist Disaster Recovery teams read

Luis Granados, Rules Are for Schmucks: The Censored UN Report read

Suzanne Paul, “Wasn’t I the Lucky One?” Memories of a Humanist Institute Graduate read

Scott Douglas Jacobsen, Secular Activism and Latino Nones: An Interview with Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera read

David Breeden, Dreaming White read

Yasmin Rehman named Secularist of the Year 2017 (UK) read

Dale DeBakcsy, The Cartoon History of Humanism, Episode 52 Gods, Words, and Other Invasive Species: The Work of Daniel Dennett, Querysmith read

Bob Bhaerman, Barbara G. Walker’s Man Made God read

David Breeden, Bad Theology=Bad Politics read

AUDIO/VISUAL

The Russia Connection A Conversation with Anne Applebaum (with Sam Harris) listen


March 4, 2017

ARTICLES

 

Charles Chu, Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again read

 

Gleb Tsipursky, Collaborative Truth-Seeking read

 

Gleb Tsipursky, Preserving Our Democracy on Valentine’s Day read

 

James Croft, Justice Without God read

 

Lois Lee, GlobalPlus: The nonreligious in the world today read

 

Common Ground, new UU site, downloadable pamphlet read

 

Richard Flory, The changing nature of America’s irreligious explained read

 

Mary Troyan , Congress passes bill to protect non-believers for first time read

 

Robert Price, The Devil’s Work read

 

cfi, Cause & Effect (Merger is complete) read

 

David Breeden, #Humanism, Specism, and the Baggage of Words read

 

FBB announces changes to Humanist Giving program read

 

Natasha Lennard and Cary Wolfe, Is Humanism Really Humane? Posthumanism, animal rights read

 

Maria Popova, Simone de Beauvoir on Atheism, the Ultimate Frontier of Hope, and the Need to Move Beyond the Simplistic Divide of Optimism and Pessimism read

 

Jason Blum, Bad things happen for a reason, and other idiocies of theodicy read

 

IHEU, The Freedom of Thought Report 2016 read

 

Colin Marshall, Henry David Thoreau on When Civil Disobedience Against Bad Governments Is Justified: An Animated Introduction watch

 

Five myths about Frederick Douglass read

 

Steven Rose, From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniel C Dennett review – consciousness explained? read

 

Carole Cadwalladr, Daniel Dennett: ‘I begrudge every hour I have to spend worrying about politics’ read

 

Devindra Hardawar, Transhumanist politician wants to run for governor of California read

 

British Humanist Association. many links to lectures read

 

AUDIO/VISUAL

Ricky Gervais and Ste[hen Colbert on “God” (4M) watch

The Humanist Hour #227: Gleb Tsipursky on the Rational Politics Project listen

Charles Chu, Isaac Asimov: How to Never Run Out of Ideas Again read

The Humanist Hour #227: Gleb Tsipursky on the Rational Politics Project listen

Gleb Tsipursky, Collaborative Truth-Seeking read

Gleb Tsipursky, Preserving Our Democracy on Valentine’s Day read

James Croft, Justice Without God read

Alain de Botton int. by Krista Tippett on love and relationships watch

Joseph Goldstein with Sam Harris on meditation watch

British Humanist Association. many links to lectures read

Eugenie Scott: What would Darwin say to today’s creationists? (2015 Darwin Day Lecture) watch

The Darwin Day Lecture 2016, with Jerry Coyne | Evolution and atheism: best friends forever? 

Is humanity heading back to the dark ages? Professor Maggie Smith gives first ever Leeds Darwin Day Lecture watch

2,000 attend BHA Darwin Day Lecture on ‘cosmic natural selection’ given by Lawrence Krauss read


February 10, 2017

ARTICLES

 

Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation, by Leigh Eric Schmidt. rev. by Seth Perry “…a cultural landscape in which “the struggle over God, revelation, and religious affiliation unfolded at the grassroots, rather than in universities or literary bohemias.” Perry: “Self-censorship in the face of overwhelming cultural pressure is as much a part of the American atheist experience as irreverent provocation….Compared with the violence wrought along lines of race, gender, and class, the challenges faced by atheists can seem minor, or quaint, or even funny. And the University of Miami will soon run a search for an endowed chair in “the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics.” It took the donor more than 15 years and $2.2 million to get the university to agree to use the word “atheism” in the title, but the term might soon be an everyday presence.” read

 

David Breeden, The True Origin Story read

 

David Breeden, Ay Caramba! Decolonizing the Mind read

 

David Breeden, Outsourced Morality read

 

David Breeden, O Peugeot of many names read

 

David Breeden, The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part 3 read Part 4 read Part 5 read

 

David Breeden, Ganesha, Nietzsche, Truth, Consequences read


Sanal Edamaruku : The Dangers of Dissent read

 

Atheism and Muslim Countries: A Conversation with the Moroccan Atheist Kacem El Ghazzali read

 

Derek Beres, Understanding (and Refuting) the Arguments for God (on Michael Shermer) read

 

CFI Secular Celebrant Program read

 

Secular Rescue : Center for Inquiry read

 

Faith to Faithless read

 

Herb Silverman, From Jefferson to Trump read

 

TCP Co-Founder Adam Mann Steps Out of the Atheist Closet read

 

Alana Massey, Will a New Dawkins Foundation-Sponsored App Help Atheists Talk to Believers? read

 

Trav Mamone, Intolerant theists forcefully cancel an atheist meet in India read

 

David Breeden, One Hundred Years of Humanism read

 

Sean Illing, Can we be religious without God? Alain de Botton on “atheism 2.0.” read

 

David Breeden, The War of Positions and Communities of Resistance read

 

Pew, America’s Changing Religious Landscape read

 

Valerie Tarico, Addicted to Christianity? Former Christians Say Yes and No read

 

Thomas Gounley, Looking Back on Liberal, the Midwest’s Failed Atheist Utopia read

 

Andrew Sullivan, I Used to Be a Human Being read

 

Peter Boghossian,James Lindsay,Phil Torres, How to Fight Extremism with Atheism read

 

A Portrait of America’s First Atheists read

 

Thomas Nagel, How They Wrestled with the New (rev. Anthony Gottlieb’s new book on he Enlightenment) read

 

Valerie Tarico, The God Drug: When Religion Becomes an Addiction read

 

Dan Arel, Study finds that children raised without religion show more empathy and kindness read

 

Richard Dawkins: The Rational Revolutionary by Intelligence Squared read

 

“What Would Jesus Do?” Is a Question for Atheists Too, Says Penn Jillette read

 

Steven Nadler, Why Spinoza still matters read

 

Batya Ungar-Sargon, Undercover atheists read

 

Pat Green, I’m Sorry For My Part In Creating The Monster And I Hope You Forgive Me read
 

Owen Jones delivers the Holyoake Lecture 2016 read

 

Foundation Beyond Belief, read

 

Roy Speckhardt, What Unites and Divides Humanism read

 

John Dietrich, Thoughts on God read

 

David Breeden, One Hundred Years of Humanism read

 

Greta Christina, Ageism Is Wasted on the Young and Old read

 

Jennifer Hancock, Humanist Videos on Amazon Prime. read

 

David Breeden, Theology is Words, Words Matter read

 

David Breeden, Sharing in the Anthropocene read

 

cfi, The Virtue of Failure read

 

David Breeden, Humanism: Without God, Not Anti-God read

 

U.S. House Scorecard, 114th Congress — Center for Freethought Equality read
 

Carl Sagan on Moving Beyond Us vs. Them, Bridging Conviction with Compassion, and Meeting Ignorance with Kindness read

 

The Conversation, Here are 5 big reasons why Americans are turning away from religion — according to science read

 

Richard Flory, The changing nature of America’s irreligious explained read

 

David Breeden, Alternative Facts and Reason in Religion read

 

AUDIO/VISUAL

Stephen Law. “What, if anything, makes an all-good god less absurd than an all-evil one?Philosophy for our Times” (4 min) watch

Intercepted Podcast: The Clock Strikes 13, and Donald Trump Is President:

Join host Jeremy Scahill and guests Seymour Hersh, Naomi Klein, Betsy Reed, and Glenn Greenwald for the first episode of our new podcast, Intercepted. listen

The Future of Humanism, 100 years of Dietrich. Part 1 (26 m) watch Part 2 (29m) watch Part 3 (30m) watch Part 4 (29m) watch

An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris (2) listen

Sara Silverman devastated by Christopher Hitchens (4 min) watch

The legend of Christopher Hitchens (Pt. 1, 21m) watch

Sam Harris and Bill Maher (12m) watch

The Holyoake Lecture 2016, with Owen Jones | Towards a humanist politics listen

 

 


Janurary 2, 2017

ARTICLES

James A. Haught, The Long, Slow Death of Religion “All those factors undoubtedly play a role. But I want to offer a simpler explanation: In the scientific 21st century, it’s less plausible to believe in invisible gods, devils, heavens, hells, angels, demons — plus virgin births, resurrections, miracles, messiahs, prophecies, faith-healings, visions, incarnations, divine visitations and other supernatural claims. Magical thinking is suspect, ludicrous. It’s not for intelligent, educated people.

 

Significantly, the PRRI study found that the foremost reason young people gave for leaving religion is this clincher: They stopped believing miraculous church dogmas…..For decades, tall-steeple mainline Protestant denominations with university-educated ministers tried to downplay supernaturalism — to preach just the compassion of Jesus and the social gospel. It was a noble effort, but disastrous. The mainline collapsed so badly it is dubbed “flatline Protestantism.” It has faded to small fringe of American life.” read

 

Mikki Morrissette’s site, Attainable We read

 

†he Freethough Trail read

 

Great news : Our merger with the Center for Inquiry is complete read

 

Mark Oppenheimer, The Evangelical Scion Who Stopped Believing (Bart Campolo) “He loved everything about Christian ministry except the Christianity. Now that he had crossed the bridge to apostasy, he needed a new vocation. ….Atheists and agnostics have long tried to rebottle religion: to get the community and the good works without the supernatural stuff. It has worked about as well as nonalcoholic beer.” read

 

Valerie Tarico, Should Atheists Pray? read


The God Loophole 
read


Gleb Tsipursky, 3 Steps to Intentional Living 
read

 

David Breeden, #Resolutions and Diseases of the Soul read

 

Dale McGowan, Welcome to Patheos Nonreligious read

 

Sam Dresser, Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key (Epicurus) (6m) watch

 

Naomi Golder, In Place of Prejudice “In the absence of metaphysical guarantees – whether in gods, the universe, or an essentially social self – each of us faces a task to construct, rather than discover, ideals by which to live. The process of construction will be contingent, messy, political. Will we be strong enough to engage in such construction honestly? Will anything like a universal social morality emerge? In the debate at 2015’s HowTheLightGetsIn festival I defended the interest of these questions, but I didn’t pose any answer. As I see it, the questions are empirical, and still open.” read

 

VIDEOS

Peter Singer & Richard Dawkins – Living Ethically, Vegetarianism, Abortion, Charles Darwin (43m) watch

Steven Pinker – The Genius of Charles Darwin: The Uncut Interviews(1h 8m) watch

 

The Psychology of Religion – Steven Pinker (41m) watch

 

Sam Harris on Veganism (22m) watch

 

Sam Harris’ Greatest Anti Religion Speech EVER!! (10m) watch

 

Sam Harris Explains Religions (30m) watch

 

Sam Harris on religious belief (Full) (55m) watch

 

Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris in Conversation on Religion, Atheism and Morality (1:17)   watch

 

The Four Horseman – Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennet, Harris [2007] (1:57) watch

 

Christopher Hitchens – Last Public Appearance – Dawkins Award [2011] (29m)

Christopher Hitchens – Mother Teresa: Hell’s Angel (23m)
watch

 

Christopher Hitchens on the CIA, Ayn Rand, Atheism, Drug Decriminalization (1996) (55m) watch

 

Was Henry Kissinger a War Criminal? Christopher Hitchens on the Controversy (2001) (1:29) watch

 

Christopher Hitchens on Nelson Mandela (1985) (55m) watch

 

Christopher Hitchens on Barack Obama (53m) watch

 

‘The Hitch’ A Christopher Hitchens Documentary (1:15) watch

 

Richard Dawkins: The Rational Revolutionary (1:33) watch

 

Sam Harris & Neil deGrasse Tyson On Race (17m) watch

 

IDIOT PROOFING Veganism (7m) – Sam Harris watch

 

Sam Harris Answers Why TRUMP Won – Nailed It (7m) watch

 

Vegan lifestyle is morally superior – Richard Dawkins (3m) watch

 

Jerry DeWitt – “Hope After Faith” (48m) watc

 

Jennifer Hancock has 4 videos at Amazon watch

 


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