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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

New Articles of humanist interest

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

New Articles of humanist interest

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)

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

New Articles/Videos/Audios of humanist interest

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

New Articles/Videos/Audios of humanist interest

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

New Articles of humanist interest

Emily Newman, Humanist Edge: Moving from Hate to Humanism: Why Humanist Education is Needed Now read
The 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
Nathan, freethoughtblogs.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