Sounds Like Humanism: Albert Einstein

More from the American Humanist Association‘s Sounds Like Humanism campaign here.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • A3Kr0n

    I wonder if the AHA is getting permission from these people before putting AHA logo on their pictures? I’m pretty sure they didn’t get Einstein’s permission.

    • JohnnieCanuck

      Einstein likely never held the copyright unless it was assigned to him.
      In the States, at least, the default is that it belongs to the
      photographer or his employer.

      Given the likelihood that their
      opponents would be more than happy to embarrass them over their making
      moral claims and then breaking copyright, I’d have to guess that they
      aren’t so stupid as to mess up like that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Hmmm…. is it just me or is this blog post missing the photo of Einstein’s  Humanist quote, or image, or whatever it’s supposed to be?

    • allein

      It is apparently not just you.

    • allein

      I went to their facebook page; the quote is:

      “The word ‘God’ is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, and religious scripture a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change this.”

    • JohnnieCanuck

      Getting a blue ? in the image box. The link looks like this when I copy it: 670929538.jpg but is a far more complicated link to cloudfront.net when I mouseover and look at the status bar.

      When I click on it, I get told Access denied, twice over.

  • Guest

    Einstein used to be my childhood hero until I read his story-how he used his first wife and then discarded her when she was no longer useful, and how the theory of relativity was delayed when he had problem with the Maths which could have been solved by a better mathematician much faster.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Harrison/23417637 Michael Harrison

       I have come to think of Einstein as one-half the greatness of Newton (Minkowski, and  later Hilbert, played the mathematical foil to his physics). But which version of relativity do you mean? I’m assuming General Relativity.

      But speaking of Newton, if you think Einstein was a jerk, wait till you read Newton’s biography.

  • C Peterson

    I’ve got to say, I wonder if the AHA knows what humanism is? Because most of the quotes they offer up don’t sound much like humanism to me at all. They sound like secularism in most cases, and atheism and anti-religion in the case of Einstein. Not many humanist ideas being expressed, though.