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December 12, 2017

Jack Meserve, How a Skeptic Became a Stoic  (Massimo Pigliucci)  read

Trav Mamone, If the World Was Ending, What Would Your Last Message Be?  read

Andrew Copson addresses Parliament’s human rights committee about free speech on campus  read

Humanists celebrate end of NHS homeopathy prescriptions in England  read

Dale McGowan,, Santa Claus – The Ultimate Dry Run   “By letting our kids participate in the Santa myth and find their own way out of it through skeptical inquiry, we give them a priceless opportunity to see a mass cultural illusion first from the inside, then from the outside.{ read

James Croft int. on podcast  listen

Greta Christina, History Has its Eyes on Us “Let’s be the people we admire. Let’s make history proud of us.” read

UK, National Secular Society    read

IHEU, Secularism ‘regressing on a global scale’, says report  (link to important 2017 world report)   read

Institute of Arts and Ideas, Philosophy for our Times. A series of debates on religions. Search and watch    watch

David Breeden,, Righteousness Fatigue  read

J. H. McKenna, Believe One Miracle And You’ve No Excuse For Disbelieving All Other Miracles  read

Adam Roberts, Arthur C Clarke at 100: still the king of science fiction  read

When their community needed help, the SSA chapter in Puerto Rico was there with food, help, and hugs.  read

Alice Calaprice, Albert Einstein, the Humanitarian In her foreward to this book [The Cosmic View of Albert Einstein (Sterling Publishing, 2013 by Walt Martin and Magda Ott]  “I believe in Spinoza’s God, who reveals himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.” In this way, Einstein was unifying science and religion, and referred to himself as a “deeply religious nonbeliever. Moreover, being open-minded and inclusive in his worldview, he found Jesus, Buddha, and Moses equally compelling as prophets.”   read

Demian Wheeler on religious naturalism    watch

Unitarian Universalist Statement on Economic Inequity   read


 

November 11, 2017

 

ALAIN DE BOTTON ON FREE WILL (5m) listen


Ethical Culture Journal October 2017 read


Gregory A. Smith, A growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral read


Roy Speckhardt, The Religious Right Is Selling Its Soul read


David Niose, Boy Scouts Still Shut the Door on Some Kids read


Sincere Kirabo, Fostering Inclusive Humanism at FERAL read


Elizabeth O’Casey, Where there is state religion, there is less freedom read


Hackney History of Charles Bradlaugh read


David Breeden, Reasons for Breaking a Windshield read


Barb Lutz, Take it from me: How not to handle military condolences calls read


Hemant Mehta,, Rep. Jared Huffman Announces He’s a Humanist: “I Don’t Believe in God” read


Humanist Ring Jennifer Hancock’s sites


Chris Sloggett, ‘Life of Brian,’ 38 Years On: De Facto Blasphemy is Alive and Well read


Recovering from Religion Site, podcasts


David Breeden,The Virtue of Not Being Above Average read


Hemant Mehta. Does Your Church Have Secrets? FaithLeaks Wants To Know All About Them read


Hemant Mehta, Far Too Many Americans Consider Themselves “Spiritual But Not Religious” “It’s a strange euphemism. It’s meaningless, yet worthy of mockery.: read


Julian Baggini, I still love Kierkegaard read


Vikram Zutshi, In Praise of Blasphemy read


Gregory A. Smith, A growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral read


Dennis Rasmussen, He died as he lived: David Hume, philosopher and infidel read


Jennifer Bardi, Gamm On: The Humanist Interview with Philanthropist Gordon Gamm read


David Breeden,Yes, But What Is Humanism? read


Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) read


Michael Shermer, Scientific Naturalism: A Manifesto for Enlightenment Humanism read


SOPHIE ELMHIRST, Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World read


Religious Naturalism and Its Place in the Family of Religions read


. How Kurt Vonnegut Found His Voice and His Themes read


Michael Shermer, Why Skepticism Is the Right Approach to the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia read


David Breeden, Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself read

 


September 18, 2017

Philip Pullman int. by Peter Jukes.  “Nearly all the influences Pullman has cited so far have a religious background, and so, inverting Blake’s comment on Milton, I ask him: ‘Aren’t you really of the believer’s party without knowing it?’ He’s amused by the thought. ‘I probably am,’ he says. ‘I’m religious, but I’m an atheist. I think religious questions are the big questions. Where did we come from? What is life about? What is evil? Those are questions I do think about.’” read

 

Reasons to Believe, Michael Shermer+  (1h 2 m)   watch

 

The Fight for our Philosophy is a Council for Secular Humanism symposium appearing in Free Inquiry/ Part 2 (of 3) is in Oct.Nov. issue. Many essential issues for humanists discussed here. See current introductions by Judy Walker and Tom Flynn.      read    read

 

'Is religion dying out in Britain?' Andrew Copson on Sunday Morning Live (18m)  watch

 

Dean Burnett, Why religious belief isn't a delusion – in psychological terms, at least  “Well, it shouldn’t be, because as they say, “You talk to God, you’re religious. God talks to you, you’re psychotic.” That’s a line from the TV show House MD, delivered by the eponymous acerbic medic played by Hugh Laurie.”   read

 

Unbelievable? Can secularism save the West? Peter Hitchens & Andrew Copson  (1h 22m)  watch

 

JULIAN BAGGINI, Truth? It’s not just about the facts  "At the same time, what is important about the truth is always relative to the knower. The mathematician, the scientist, the artist, the historian and the religious believer are not always concerned with the same truths or the same aspects of truth. Truth is not relative, but we relate to it in innumerable ways.”  read

 

rjosephhoffmann, Moral Outrage  read

 

link to discussion guide for Anthony Pinn’s When Colorblindness Isn't The Answer  read

 

Julian Baggini, , The triage of truth: do not take expert opinion lying down  “This triage gives us a procedure but no algorithm. It does not dispense with the need to make judgments, it simply provides a framework to help us do so.”   read

 

Joe Chuman, Ethical Culture Beyond Belief and Humanism’s,Farther Reaches (40m)  watch

 

Gleb Tsipursky,  Matching Challenge  watch

 

Amy Couch, , Happy. Healthy. Heathen. An Interview with Recovering from Religion's Gayle Jordan  read

 

David Niose, Ignorance Isn't Bliss—It's Frightening  read

 

Donald A. Collins , Bannon tells the secular truth about religious perfidy  read

 

Dean Burnett, Why aren’t religious views classed as delusions? Religious beliefs are typically incompatible with scientific evidence and observable reality, but aren’t considered to be delusions. Why not?  read

 

Tim Denning, My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use  read

 

NOAM CHOMSKY - NEW ATHEISTS, ISLAMOPHOBIA, AND THE WAR ON TERROR  watch

 

Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) searchable site  read

 

Religion Vs Atheism | Philosophy Tube  watch

 

Steven Pinker: The Elephant, the Emperor, and the Matzo Ball (2016  43m)  watch

 

Michael Shermer rev. Sapolsky  read

 

Robyn Blumner, Religion Is An Empirical Question –– Finally   see Inquiry editorial by president/CEO of Center for Inquiry. ‘Even if we acknowledge some psychological benefits, religion is a costly exercise for individuals and groups.”  read

 

Josh Jones, An Animated Introduction to Stoicism, the Ancient Greek Philosophy That Lets You Lead a Happy, Fulfilling Life  watch

 


September 1, 2017

Jason Gots, Richard Dawkins – Red in Tooth and Claw – Think Again – a Big Think Podcast #112 “In this episode, which Dawkins described as “one of the best interviews I have ever had,” Richard and Jason talk about whether pescatarianism makes any sense, where morality should come from (since, as Hume says, “you can’t get an ‘ought’ from an ‘is’), the greatness of Christopher Hitchens, and the evils of nationalism. watch

High demand for non-religious pastoral care “Our answer to this problem has been the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network” read

The Humanist Interview with Philanthropist Gordon Gamm )Jennifer Bardi) “…growing up Jewish at a time shortly after the Holocaust, I think there was a lot of emphasis on critical thinking and on accepting the fact that we were the minority in a majority Christian nation, which meant that we had to think independently about morality.” read

Amy Couch, Can Good be Good if Nobody Knows It? read

Luis Granados, Rules Are focr Schmucks: The Rodney Dangerfield of Religions read

Meghan Hamilton, Clarifying Humanism through the Haze of Equivocation “Humanism is good without a god. Humanism is doing good without a god. Humanism means the progression of society, of humanity, and of people as individuals” read

Joseph Blankholm, Atheists in the Pantheon “If we tell their story another way, nonbelievers become a very strange thing: a disavowed tradition in American thought that looks a lot like a religious tradition of its own. Nonbelievers appear to be a believing minority whose beliefs are so antithetical to the hegemonic Christian culture that they are illegible as beliefs and can only be seen as the antithesis of belief itself. Perhaps it’s time we gave atheists a place in the pantheon.” read

Alex J. O’Connor, So Much for a Finely Tuned Universe (Hemant Mehta,) watch

centerforinquiry.net, What Does Secular Humanism Have to Say about the Hate in Charlottesville? read

Thomas MacMillan, Everyone’s Suspicious of Atheists — Even Other Atheists. Studies by Will Gervaid, Joseph Baker read


August 5, 2017

ARTICLES

Omar Baddar, Challenge Sam Harris for His Bigoted Statements and Like Any Cult Leader, He’ll Say You Don’t Understand Him read

Frances Dinkelspiel, KPFA cancels Richard Dawkins’ speech because of his tweets about Islam read

National Review pronounces the death of New Atheism read

Joan Reisman-Brill, The Humanist Dilemma: Is there Space for Any Supernaturalism in the Humanist Circle? read

Jennifer Bardi, Phoning It In for the Family? Researchers suggest it may better to make a slow and subtle break from the religion of your parents read

Meredith Thompson, What Are “Ag-Gag” Laws and Why Should Humanists Oppose Them? read

James Croft, “The Experience of God” Review – Chapter Three, Part One read

Robert M Price, Hallucinating the Archetypes read

Darwin’s importance (DONALD TRUMP AND THE COMING FALL OF AMERICAN EMPIRE (1h 8m) watch

Michael Shermer, Scientific Naturalism: A Manifesto for Enlightenment Humanism read

Elizabeth O’Casey, Humanists, religious leaders and the UN launch Beirut Declaration on combating human rights abuse read

Jeremy Lent, The dangerous delusions of Richard Dawkins read

David Breeden, #Epicurus and Atomic Moderation read

‘Atheist’ Gene Roddenberry’s ‘Star Trek’ Franchise Forbids The Word ‘God’: Is New ‘Discovery’ Anti-Religion? read

Neil Carter, Why Losing God Hits Some of Us Harder read

Secular Elected Officials read

A.M. Gittlitz, ‘Make It So’: ‘Star Trek’ and Its Debt to Revolutionary Socialism read

David Breeden, The Danger is in Not Being You read


July 8, 2017

ARTICLES

Sonja L. Cohen, Assembly adopts economic inequality Statement of Conscience read


Matthew Bulger, Master of None Masters Non-Confrontational Religious Disaffiliation “Comedian Aziz Ansari’s semi-autobiographical Netflix series” read


James Croft, The Pride of a Humanist read


Elaine McArdle, Board of Trustees appoints Commission on Institutional Change read


James Croft, Humanism Has Limits. Obviously. Is anti-dacism a dogma? read


Kris Willcox, Looking back: Roger Nash Baldwin, Unitarian co-founder of ACLU read


Glastonbury of Freethinkers”: conference on freedom of conscience and expression read


The Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2016, with Dame Anne Glover | Why evidence really matters (1h 20m) watch 

 

Landscapes of Mind A Conversation with Kevin Kelly (with Sam Harris) watch


The Darwin Day Lecture 2017, with Lawrence Krauss | Cosmic Natural Selection (1h 12m) watch

 

Gleb Tsipursky, Toward a Post-Lies Future read


The 2017-2018 Humanist Service Corps team is in place read


Landscapes of Mind A Conversation with Kevin Kelly (with Sam Harris) watch


Fred Edwords, Why Religious Education Is Needed in Public Schools read


James Croft, If You’re Not for Racial Justice, You’re Not a Humanist read


Gleb Tsipursky, Being A Weird American on Independence Day read


The Politics of Emergency A Conversation with Fareed Zakaria (Sam Harris) watch


Elias Leight, Yoko Ono Will Receive Songwriting Credit on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ read


John Scales Avery, Henry David Thoreau, We Need Your Voice Today! read


Leaving Islam A Conversation with Sarah Haider (Sam Harris) watch


What is Technology Doing to Us? (Tristan Harris with Sam Harris) watch


Beauty and Terror A Conversation with Lawrence Krauss (Sam Harris) watch


Mikki Morrissette , Being known versus knowing read


Maria Popova, Erich Fromm’s 6 Rules of Listening: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist on the Art of Unselfish Understanding read


Valerie Tarico, Does Christianity Make An Idol Out of the Human Mind? read


Barna, Meet the “Spiritual but Not Religious” read

 


June 8. 2017

ARTICLES

Richard Dawkins, Cause & Effect CFI page read


Sam Harris: The Road to Tyranny A Conversation with Timothy Snyder watch


richard lloyd jones, Largest UU church votes to move downtown (Tulsa) read


aeu.org, Ethical Humanism read


Network for Church Monitoring, Church and State read


Paul Cliteur, Is There Another Way to Discover the Truth than by Free Discussion? read


John B. Hooper, Humanist EDge: Educating Strong Humanist Leaders read


Anthony B. Pinnm Humanism and the Challenge of Privilege read


Clay Farris Naff, The Humanevangelist: To End War, We Must First Understand I read


Donald A. Collins, Organized Religions Are Organized To Control Their Laities’ Lives read


Antonia Blumberg, New Study Suggests U.S. Has A Lot Of ‘Closet’ Atheists read


Valerie Tarico and David Fitzgerald, Evidence for Jesus is weaker than you might think read


Marlin Lavanhar, Love Where We Are (Meadville/Lombard Commencement address (also audio link) read


John Scales Avery, We Need Their Voices Today: Thomas Paine read


PZ Myers, Ken Ham, black person who is a pale shade of beige read


The Unraveling A Conversation with David Frum.Sam Harris watch


Valerie Tarico, What if Jesus Never Existed? An Interview with History Writer David Fitzgerald read


Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert discuss whether god exists (5m) watch


Valerie Tarico & David Fitzgerald, Evidence for Jesus is Weaker than You Might Think read


David Breeden, Getting It Right Like the BCE read


Andrew Hall, Scientists Prove Atheists Don’t Exist {unusual journal!) read


2017 Secular Values Summit read


Michael Shermer, If There is No God, is Murder Wrong? (8m) watch


Trav Mamone, Global Restrictions on Religion Rise Modestly in 2015, Reversing Downward Trend read


Valerie Tarico, Would You Like to Have a Kid in the Next Year? read


Dan Colman, Richard Dawkins on Why We Should Believe in Science: “It Works … Bitches” read


Nathan, Reza Aslan filmed the lost “Flying Spaghetti Monster” episode in Bolingbrook (Fiction) read


CFI’s 2016 Progress Report read


David Breeden, Meaning, Purpose, and Individualism: Thinking Our Way Out of Self-Reliance read


Brief encounter: Steven Pinker read


Adam Parker, Herb Silverman reflects on his life, beliefs as a public atheist read


Michael Werner, Let’s Celebrate! read


Marcus Ranum, Book Review: History of Skepticism (Popkin) read


Ask Me Anything 7, Sam Harris deals with questions about his podcast with Charles Murray watch


Let There Be Cake: An Interview with Maggie Ardiente read


Valerie Tarico, Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 1 read , Part 2 read , Part 3 read, Part 4 read


Humanists murdered in three countries read


David Breeden, Getting It Right Like the BCE read


Karla Gachet, Massimo Pigliucci on Seneca’s Stoic philosophy of happiness – Massimo Pigliucci read


Joan Reisman-Brill, The Humanist Dilemma: Who Knew Sexuality Was So Complicated? read


2016 Secular Social Justice Conference features largest gathering of atheist of color activists read


Maggie Ardiente, No, President Trump, We’re Not “A Nation of Believers” read


Tom Gilson, Christianity, Women, and How Atheists Avoid the Facts That Matter read

 


May 30, 2017

ARTICLES

Emily Newman, Humanist Edge: Moving from Hate to Humanism: Why Humanist Education is Needed Now readThe Freedom of Thought Report — on discrimination against Humanists, Atheists, and the Nonreligious read

 

Christopher Cameron, Black atheists matter: how women freethinkers take on religion read

 

Alex Johnson, With Obama’s Signature, U.S. Religious Freedom Law Protects Atheists read

Nathanfreethoughtblogs.com, Azadi for only few ? read


Explicit Bi Any Means Podcast #84: Rational Politics with Gleb Tsipursky listen


The Humanist Hour #226: Galen Broaddus and Nick Little on the Illinois Secular Celebrant Victory listen


David Breeden, “Great Men” and the Tide of History read


Tom Flynn, For Seculars, Challenges Ahead read


samharris.org, Superintelligence: Science or Fiction? (1h) watch


James Croft, I Used to Think Like Dave Rubin. Then I Woke Up. read


Gleb Tsipursky, Collaborative Truth-Seeking read


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


secularism.org.uk, 43% of universities restrict speech that might “offend” religious people read


secularism.org.uk Pupils should have the same entitlement to religion and belief education – NSS tells RE Commission read


Hemant Mehta NH Republican State Rep. Brandon Phinney Refers to Religion as “Archaic Beliefs That Deny Reality” read


David Breeden, A Toolkit for Resisting Totalitarianism read


Nathan Schneider, How much does it matter whether God exists? “I believe in God, but I often find more common cause with those who say they don’t than those who say they do. I’ve come to care less whether anyone says they believe in God or not, and to care more about what they mean by that, and what they do about it.” read


Brief encounter: Steven Pinker read


Post-Truth Trump And Why Humanism Is The Answer To Anti-Facts read


Joseph Chuman, A Defense of Dignity read


Neil Carter, Parenting Children Who Still Believe read


Adam Parker, Herb Silverman reflects on his life, beliefs as a public atheist read


Daniel Cox, Way More Americans May Be Atheists Than We Thought read


David Breeden, I’m an Atheist! Now What? read


Michael Werner, Let’s Celebrate! read


Let There Be Cake: An Interview with Maggie Ardiente read


Sincere Kirabo, Dear White Progressives… read


Ask Me Anything 7, Sam Harris deals with questions about his podcast with Charles Murray watch


Ed Buckner, It’s a Free Country, Not a Christian Nation read


Joan Reisman-Brill, The Humanist Dilemma: Should Religion Be Banned? read


Valerie Tarico, Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 1 read , Part 2 read , Part 3 read, Part 4 read


David Breeden, Getting It Right Like the BCE read


Valerie Tarico, What Christianity and Kink Have in Common read


2016 Secular Social Justice Conference features largest gathering of atheist of color activists read


Bart Campolo on Why I Left, Why I Stayed (link to audio) read


Maggie Ardiente, No, President Trump, We’re Not “A Nation of Believers” read

 


May 11, 2017

ARTICLES

David Breeden, Assumptions are Imaginary But They’re not Social read

David Breeden sees current UUA turmoil in the flawed documents of the US tradition. Following Jean-Luc Nancy, “If you don’t have freedom and rights, I don’t have freedom and rights—all I have is domination. And domination isn’t freedom or rights. Being exists because of being-with—I exist because you exist as a free agent in community exactly as I do, and visa-versa. That’s community. That’s freedom….It’s an American problem. Perhaps the US simply can’t reach consensus on this sort of social imaginary. Might one tiny little religion? Hmmmmm.” read

David Breeden. Savoring The Milquetoast: Why This Humanist Remains a Unitarian Universalist “think the answer is an essential insight of Humanism: to universalize is to tyrannize. Universalizing Humanism, even if we think it is the only and the one true way, creates tyranny. Perhaps we think that this particular tyranny is the truth, yet the insight deconstructs itself when examined closely. Perhaps there are universal human truths; but who decides or declares that universality? Partial truth and relativized understanding appear to be the eternal human condition. This reminder may be the greatest gift of Unitarian Universalism to Humanists. UUism, with its insistence on creed-less gathering, is always going to seem a bit old fashioned and quaint to Humanist ears. Yet when we look at the religious spectrum and compare the state of UUism to the other end of the religious spectrum . . . well, milquetoast tastes very wholesome, doesn’t it? How’s that for a reminder?” read

Adam Parker, Herb Silverman reflects on his life, beliefs as a public atheist read

Michael Stone, Neil deGrasse Tyson Finds No Evidence For God’s Existence read

David Breeden, Savoring The Milquetoast: Why This Humanist Remains a Unitarian Universalist read

D. Ashley Campbell, Science Mike Building a “Christian Science” Liturgy for the Nones read

rjosephhoffmann, Are new Prezident read

Anthony B. Pinn, Humanism and the Challenge of Privilege read

Jesse Singal, Here’s a New Way for Researchers to Find Stealth Atheists read

Terry Mortenson, The Religion of Naturalism read

Steve Pinkerton, Blasphemy isn’t just a problem in the Muslim world read