The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard is taking a different turn with their choice for the annual Humanist of the Year award. Last year, they chose Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In the past, they have chosen non-theistic Congressperson Pete Stark (D-CA), Steven Pinker, Taslima Nasrin, and E.O. Wilson.
This year, they’re going with four people you’ve probably never heard of before… but their impact on our community has been tremendous: The founders of the free online dating website OkCupid: Max Krohn, Sam Yagan, Chris Coyne, and Christian Rudder. (Rudder and Krohn will accept the award in person.)
OkCupid has hosted nearly 10 million users since its 2004 launch, and site founders Christian Rudder and Maxwell Krohn will join us for a first-ever public discussion of how they created arguably the most welcoming and positive environment ever for atheists, Humanists, and agnostics — online or anywhere else.
I love the choice. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to suggest that OkCupid has been one of the most important websites for atheists looking to meet other atheists. It’s not that other sites don’t allow atheists to “match,” but none cater to atheists and agnostics quite like OkCupid does.
The presentation of the award takes place on Sunday, November 4th at the Harvard Science Center. More information on the event can be found here.
I would still love to see Rachel Maddow accept this award at some point, but I guess that’s a two-way street. In the meantime, these guys are well-deserving of the accolade.