Atheist Meditation: Mark W. Gura and Rick Heller in Dialogue

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Three's a crowd, and we now have three offerings for atheists interested in meditation. Is that too many books on one topic or rather, an indication of burgeoning interest? I think it's the latter.Besides Sam Harris's Waking Up, the others are Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality by Mark W. Gura and my book, Secular Meditation. Mark and I recently talked by phone about our books.After listening to the conversation, I encourage you to check out both by following the links and clicking o … [Read more...]

Science Must Always Be Skeptical of Its Own Findings

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One of the reasons that science is such a useful guide to reality is that, over time, the body of scientific knowledge updates as new information comes in. So, it turns out that one of the studies I reference in my book, Secular Meditation, has been falsified by the very people who originally produced it.Failed Replication of Oxytocin Effects on Trust: The Envelope Task Case finds that a previous study, Oxytocin does not only increases trust when money is at stake, but also when confidential … [Read more...]

Cultivating Kindness During the Holiday Season

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Though this is the season for good will, holiday shopping madness sometimes points people in another direction. Then there are the family gatherings that bring loved ones together to dredge up arguments about who said what in 1987. In such times, it’s good to have a tool that helps you cultivate good will.One way to do this is through loving-kindness meditation, also knows as metta, from a word in the Pali language of ancient India that means friendliness or loving-kindness. This practice, d … [Read more...]

Humanist Community Day Speaker #3: Sasha Sagan on the Solstice

Sasha Sagan will speak on the Solstice as a secular holiday, at the Humanist Hub at 4:30pm on December 7.

This is the third in a series of three posts about the upcoming Humanist Community Day mini-conference in honor of the 2nd anniversary of the opening of the Humanist Hub, a community home for atheists, agnostics and allies in the greater Boston area. Our third Humanist Community Day speaker session will feature Sasha Sagan: a writer, producer, and film editor, and the daughter of renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan and author and producer Ann Druyan.Sasha Sagan's session will focus on the … [Read more...]

Harvard Humanist of the Year 2015: John Amaechi, OBE

Psychologist and former NBA player John Amaechi receives the 2015 Harvard Humanist of the Year award at the Humanist Hub, at 1:30pm on December 7.

This is part two of a series of posts about the upcoming Humanist Community Day mini-conference in honor of the 2nd anniversary of the opening of the Humanist Hub, a community home for atheists, agnostics and allies in the greater Boston area. For our second of 3 Humanist Community Day speaker sessions, The Humanist Hub and the Humanist Community at Harvard are thrilled to honor John Amaechi, OBE as our 2015 Harvard Humanist of the Year.John Amaechi, OBE is a  New York Times best-selling auth … [Read more...]

Humanist Community Day Speaker #1: Ron Suskind on Life, Animated

Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Suskind will speak on his book Life, Animated at the Humanist Hub at 11am on December 7.

This is part one of a series of posts about the upcoming Humanist Community Day mini-conference in honor of the 2nd anniversary of the opening of the Humanist Hub, a community home for atheists, agnostics and allies in the greater Boston area. Our first of 3 Humanist Community Day speaker sessions features one of the finest and most recognized writers and orators in the United States, on his beautiful recent book about his son’s autism and redemption through Disney stories. Ron Suskind is a P … [Read more...]

What is This Thing Called Cranberry Sauce?

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The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to take up mindful eating, one of the practices I share in my recently published book, Secular Meditation. With so many goodies on the table, there is a temptation to eat until we burst. Mindful eating can be helpful in preventing overeating.In a group, mindful eating can also serve as a sort of ceremony or ritual, taking the place that grace does in religious households. But I don’t consider it a ritual because it’s not an arbitrary convention. Mind … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Good Without God!

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Today is the 6th birthday of my book Good Without God: What a Billion Non-Religious People Do Believe, as Humanist Hub Program Director Sarah Chandonnet kindly​ pointed out this morning. For the book's birthday, I would love for you to simply read below to check out what we are doing at The Humanist Hub​ this month, regardless of whether you're in position to attend. It's an unprecedented month here, doing things little GwoG could not have envisioned back then...we are a true center for Humanist … [Read more...]

Being Mortal, For Atheists

Fittingly, before today's Humanist Hub session on death we had kids sessions, where 5-10 year olds learned what it means to be an explorer. Let's explore this topic of our own mortality together, with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and gratitude.

Thanks so much to all who attended my Sunday October 18 talk, "Being Mortal, For Atheists." And if you couldn't attend in person, I promised during the talk that I'd leave a post here with some of the kinds of resources I think might be most helpful for atheists, agnostics and allies dealing with being mortal. The list below is terribly incomplete, but I like the idea that we will fill it in together, over time. So please leave and suggestions, and watch this space for a filled in list of r … [Read more...]

Humanist Sunday School – Blog #1

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Have you heard that the Humanist Hub is expanding its Learning Lab? Well it is!My name is Nick Bohl, I was introduced to you a couple of weeks ago. I'm an educator, a YouTube Artist, and most recently started working as the new Learning Lab Coordinator and Teacher.You may be wondering what a "Humanist sunday school" is supposed to look like. Isn't that a contradiction? What is this?!Here are our thoughts so far: Children have incredible minds; exploratory, inventive, and … [Read more...]


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