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Amanda Marcotte,, #WeToo? read
Tali Sharo, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others..(watch)
Richard Feynman: Entropy, Past And Future, History Of The Universe (2 pts) watch
Hemant Mehta, After Marriott Merger, Sheraton and Westin Hotels Will Offer Holy Books in Rooms read
David Breeden A Tale of Two Gods read
Katie Fustich, On religion and the left: Does socialism have to mean atheism? read
Rick Snedeker, , We Could Learn from Critical-Thinking Initiative in Rural India read
Hemant Mehta, After Marriott Merger, Sheraton and Westin Hotels Will Offer Holy Books in Rooms
PZ Myers on recent meeting of Heads “Some of them are all right. But way too many of them are, at best, defenders of the status quo, and at worst, representative of the nastier elements of atheism. Old boss, same as the new boss.” read
Julia Sweeney on Freethought Matters (28m) watch
barna.com. Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z read
Steven Pinker’s Best Arguments of all time, Part One watch
Why do progressives hate progress? | Steven Pinker watch
Margaret Fuller. Maria Popova remembers this transcendentalist feminist. read
Hemant Mehta,, 2017 Freedom of Thought Report Highlights World’s Worst Countries for Atheists read
ALAIN DE BOTTON ON FREE WILL (5m) listen
David Breeden, How Ought We Live Our Lives? read
Chris Sloggett, Only secularism can defeat the emboldened Hindu right read
The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine (Junior items) read
Casey Cep, Why Are Americans Still Uncomfortable with Atheism? read
You can listen to Atheist Republic News watch
Ayun Halliday, Behold Kurt Vonnegut’s Drawings: Writing is Hard. Art is Pure Pleasure. watch
Jonathan Merritt, It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God read
Hemant Mehta, Here Are the Biggest Church/State Separation Cases Facing the Next Supreme Court read
James A. Haught, Is It Blasphemy or Honesty? read
Adam Gopnik, The Prophetic Pragmatism of Frederick Douglass read
Mano Singham, Are religion and evolution necessarily incompatible? read
Michael Fitzgerald Atheism, the Computer Model: Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion read
Rick Snedeker, ‘Nones,’ Thus Far, Too Shy to Be A Force in American Politics read
Hemant Mehta, Poll Shows Nearly Half of British Adults Don’t Believe Jesus Performed Miracles read

PZ Myers,, I’m worried about David Silverman read
PZ Myers, So, what has David Silverman been up to lately? read
Rick Snedeker, Even Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Skeptic Wrestles With Divine read
UK, Replace RE with ‘religion and worldviews’, says commission read
y Libby Anne, Christopher Hitchens, Doug Wilson, and the Making and Remaking of a Platform read
Latest British Social Attitudes Survey shows Church of England hit record low read
Rick Snedeker, No Joke: Eight States’ Constitutions Bar Atheists From Public Office read
Susan Frederick-Gray, This is no time for a casual faith read
Rick Snedeker, Christianity’s Great ‘Fake It ‘Til You Make It’ Con read
Hemant Mehta, Atheists Characters in TV and Film Are Far More Complex Than They Used To Be read
Julian Baggini, Hume the humane read
David Breeden, In the Garden of Dark and Darker read
David Breeden, Best Religion Ever read
Tom Krattenmaker, A New Vision for Secular Transcendence read
Fred Edwords,Faith and Faithlessness by Generation: The Decline and Rise are Real read
Dale McGowan, As the Christian Church Crumbles, is Humanism Ready to Step Up? read

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Tom Jacobs, Steven Pinker’s Radical Brand of ‘Contingent Optimism’ Conversation: :We will always be vulnerable to urges like revenge, anecdotal thinking, and demonization. The question is whether our institutions and norms can keep them at bay. The habits of journalism are to always focus on the present. We can be misled by the availability and vividness of current news, and the fading of bad memories, into an inaccurate picture of which way the world is going. Although I’m a political centrist, I apportion the lion’s share of the blame for the challenging of those norms to Trump and the Republican Party. The key point of the book is that the values of the Enlightenment embolden us to solve problems. Human nature allows for the possibility of cumulative improvement, even as it faces the constant drag of primitive impulses that work against it. It’s an ongoing struggle. ….The position that we can’t solve the problem [c;imate change} is completely consistent with the denialist position that nothing should change whatsoever. Different premises, but they reach the same conclusion.” read
CFI, Massimo Polidoro, The Mind of James Randi watch

CFI, Navy Rejection of Humanist Chaplains Demeans and Discriminates, Call for a Ban is Unconstitutional read
David Breeden, Doin’ It Like Church read
7 in 10 young people in the UK are non-religious, new research finds read
Walter G. Moss, Review of Steven Pinker’s “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress” read
Valerie Tarico: Why is the bible so badly written? “Although some passages in the bible are lyrical and gripping, many would get kicked back by any competent editor or writing professor — kicked back with a lot of red ink.” read
40th anniversary: Timeline of FFRF’s history read
Maryam Namazie — We resist and challenge because we must read
Zenos Frudakis — Darrow statue can help educate for years read
Bob Seidensticker, God Loves the Smell of Burning Flesh: Human Sacrifice in the Bible read
Kurt Vonnegut, Social Justice: The New American Dream read
Kelly Besecke, Reflexive Spirituality: Seeking the Spiritual Experience in a Modern Society (excerpt from her book, Cant Put God in a Box: Thoughtful Spirituality in a Rational Age ) read
Christopher Cameron, Black atheists matter: how women freethinkers take on religion read
Carl Chudy, Exploring the Bleeding Borders of the Secular and the Sacred read
PZ Myers, Sam Seder vs. Jordan Peterson read
Skye C Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci, Human nature matters read
Hemant Mehta, MIT Appoints Humanist Chaplain, the First at a Tech-Focused School (Greg Epstein) read
Rick Snedeker, Poor Teacher Pay, Rise of Trump are Related Cheek and Jowl read
Trav Mamone, Why Are Secular Skeptic Communities Failing To Address Sexual Crime? read
Philip Galanes, The Mind Meld of Bill Gates and Steven Pinker read

New Articles of humanist interest

Amy Couch, , Pursuing Truth with Anjan Chakravartty(new professor at Univ. of Miami) “The thing I’m most unsure about is what response we will get, in a society that is so polarized in so many ways, but I’m hopeful that everyone, whatever their personal view of the Chair for the Study of Atheism, Humanism, and Secular Ethics, will join me in thinking that the ideal of excellent education and research is crucial to our wellbeing as a society and to our collective future.”read
Bradford Richardson Atheists slam Trump for referencing only Christianity at prayer breakfast read
, The Improbable Friendship That Shaped a Generation of Literary Scholarship
Lionel Trilling and Jacques Barzun seemed an intellectual odd couple. What made their relationship last?
Colin Marshall, An Animated Introduction to Epicurus and His Answer to the Ancient Question: What Makes Us Happy? watch
Julian Baggini on Steven Pinker “In a work of such breadth and scope, small lapses like this are inevitable, but are far outweighed by the clarity, force and evidential weight of his central arguments.” read
Michelle Goldberg int. on Freethought Matters (28m) watch
Jay Cornell, Techno-Optimism: The World’s Transformation Since the Industrial Revolution (Transhumanism?) read
Michael Shermer, Heavens on Earth “For millennia, religions have concocted numerous manifestations of heaven and the afterlife, and though no one has ever returned from such a place to report what it is really like—or that it even exists—today science and technology are being used to try to make it happen in our lifetime. From radical life extension to cryonic suspension to mind uploading, Shermer considers how realistic these attempts are from a proper skeptical perspective.” read
Julie Zauzmer, The complicated history of ‘In God We Trust’ and other examples Trump gives of American religion read
Isabel Fattal, How Should Atheism Be Taught? read
Jennifer Szalai, Steven Pinker Wants You to Know Humanity Is Doing Fine. Just Don’t Ask About Individual Humans. “There’s a noble kernel to Pinker’s project. He wants to discourage the kind of fatalism that leads people to think the only way forward is to tear everything down. But he seems surprisingly blind to how he fuels such fatalism by playing to the worst stereotype of the enlightened cosmopolitan: disdainful and condescending — sympathetic to humanity in the abstract but impervious to the suffering of actual human beings.” read
David Breeden, Socbots and the Three Poisons “Ah, American politics. Reminds me of the “three poisons” in Buddhism: anger, greed, and delusion. “ read
Clay Farris Naff, Enlightenment Wow: The Humanist Interview with Steven Pinker “I wonder whether you have plans to push these ideas out into the prevailing culture by other means.
Pinker: I certainly do. I’m participating in a large number of podcasts and web interviews. I endorse websites such as Our World in Data, Human Progress, and Gapminder, which provide interactive graphics that can tell a story in a way that sentences can’t. I give lectures that are distributed on the web. So I’m very much immersed in the new universe of electronic media.”. Why is Google/YouTube taking down these videos and threatening the sites that post them? read
Amanda Marcotte and Alternet, Atheism’s shocking woman problem: What’s behind the misogyny of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris? (issues raised in this 2014 post cvontinue to be debated) read
AEU Gun Control Statement read
David Breeden, Gods, Guns, and Gut Emotions ‘“Thoughts and prayers” is fast becoming the “let them eat cake” of our era. Even those who believe that prayer has some efficacy are finding the phrase risible in the face of constant mass shootings.’ ‘read

New Articles of humanist interest

Meet the American Humanist Association’s new Education Assistant, Emily Newman read
Landon Schnabel and Sean Bock, The Persistent and Exceptional Intensity of American Religion: A Response to Recent Research “If it is primarily moderate religionists and those with loose ties to their religions driving the decline in average American religiosity, then we may be seeing more of a polarization of religion than a pattern consistent with the secularization thesis.” read
Michael Shermer’s new book, Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia. (several videos) watch
Free Inquiry has published, in 3 issues, papers from a symposium Fight for Our Philosophy. Key terms are scientific and naturalistic and academic . Introductions by Judy Walker and Tom Flynn summarize the papers. read read read
Michael Shermer, Science Denial versus Science Pleasure “In other words, valuing science for pure pleasure is more of a bulwark against the politicization of science than facts alone.” read
Hemant Mehta, What’s the Main Source of Global Conflict? Survey Says: “Religious Beliefs” read
“The Greatest Showman”: A Nickell-odeon Review (Barnum was a Universalist) read
Rob Brotherton, Suspicious Minds read
Online Books by Free Religious Association (Boston Mass.) read
Leigh Eric Schmidt, Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation read
Hemant Mehta, Atheists Support Abortion Rights More Than Any Other Group (Except One…) read
Michael Shermer, Science Denial versus Science Pleasure read
David Breeden Good Cat, Bad Person: the Human Intuition of Being “Wrong” read
FFRF, The (further) rise of Christian nationalism by Michelle Goldberg read
Rick Snedeker. Why Do We Believe in the Unbelievable? It’s Natural read
Michael Shermer, For the Love of Science “That liberals are just as guilty of antiscience bias comports more with accounts of humans chomping canines, and yet those on the left are just as skeptical of well-established science when findings clash with their political ideologies, such as with GMOs, nuclear power, genetic engineering and evolutionary psychology—skepticism of the last I call “cognitive creationism” for its endorsement of a blank-slate model of the mind in which natural selection operated on humans only from the neck down.” read

New Articles of humanist interest

Gordon Pennycook, Robert M. Ross, Derek J. Koehler, Jonathan A. Fugelsang, Atheists and Agnostics Are More Reflective than Religious Believers: Four Empirical Studies and a Meta-Analysis read
Neil Carter, Lies the Church Told Us About Sex read
James Croft, In Art, What We Like and What Is Good are Different read
Maria Popova, Walt Whitman on What Makes Life Worth Living “He recorded these reflections in Specimen Days (public library) — the sublime collection of prose fragments, letters, and journal entries that gave us Whitman on the wisdom of trees and music as the profoundest expression of nature” WW: “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons — the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night.” ….. read
Bart Ehrman (intro Dan Barker) on Bible (59m) watch
Annie Laurie Gaylor on ending of FFRR’s year )7m) watch
Mano Singham, The Cornel West-Ta-Nehisi Coates feud and the role of intellectuals read
Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee? The Stoics and Existentialists agree on the answer read
David Breeden, What’s Miraculous read

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December 12, 2017 | Articles

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 bok[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

New Articles of humanist interest

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 bok[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

New Articles of humanist interest

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

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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

New Articles of humanist interest

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 Networkread
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