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

New Articles of humanist interest

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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

New AudioVideo s of humanist interest

Trailer for Netflix new film on Madalyn Murray O’Hair watch

Sam Harris, Reality and the Imagination (Yuval Noah) watch

Sam Harris, What Should We Eat? A Conversation with Gary Taubes watch

Steven Pinker: The Elephant, The Emperor, And The Matzo Ball (43m) watch

Stephen Fry: ‘What is a humanist ceremony?’ (2m) watch

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

Forbidden Knowledge A Conversation with Charles Murray (Sam Harris) watch

Steven Pinker: The Elephant, The Emperor, And The Matzo Ball (43m) watch

Stephen Fry: ‘What is a humanist ceremony?’ (2m) watch

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

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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

New Articles of humanist interest

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

New AudioVideo s of humanist interest

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

New Articles of humanist interest

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
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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
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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

Carl Sagan Predicts the Decline of America: Unable to Know “What’s True,” We Will Slide, “Without Noticing, Back into Superstition & Darkness” (1995) watch read

Dan Dredger, Elitist Atheist Warren A. Smith Makes A-List-Who’s Who in Hell read

Adam Roberts, The atheist paradox read

psychologytoday, The Forgotten Issue: Quality of Life read

The “Evil God Challenge” by Stephen Law (3m) watch

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Mattering Matters read

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

Daniel C. Dennett, Authority and Skepticism read

Many humanists who follow edge.org will welcome this year’s topic: “What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known? read

Meditation and mindfulness are currently popular ways to evaluate religions’ contributions. Many poplar sites described in Pocket collection. read

Center for Inquiry and Richard Dawkins Foundation are now officially merged, and humanist can best stay in touch by subscribing and joining read

Leigh E. Schmidt, How distrust of unbelievers runs deep in American history read

Elizabeth Preza, Ricky Gervais perfectly explains difference between science and religion to Colbert in fascinating exchange read

New AudioVideo s of humanist interest

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

New articles of humanist interest

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