From @HarvardHumanist Archives: 2014 in Review

NOTE: we will occasionally re-post posts from the old, now archived Humanist Community at Harvard blog, which was live from 2011-2014 and has now been replaced by the new website. Enjoy! *** It’s been a year like no other for the Humanist Community at Harvard (HCH). First of all, we became...The Humanist Hub! (No, really: we filed legal paperwork allowing ourselves to “do business as” The Humanist Hub.) This new name emphasizes that while we continue to serve Harvard students as … [Read more...]

From @HarvardHumanist Archives: Religions for the Earth Speech

NOTE: we will occasionally re-post posts from the old, now archived Humanist Community at Harvard blog, which was live from 2011-2014 and has now been replaced by the new website. Enjoy! *** So grateful to Karenna Gore for inviting me to address the entire September 2014 Religions for the Earth conference. The conference, which she organized at Union Theological Seminary, gathers together 200 religious/spiritual/ethical community leaders from around the world, and is organized … [Read more...]

From @HarvardHumanist Archives: Governor’s Proclamation

NOTE: we will occasionally re-post posts from the old, now archived Humanist Community at Harvard blog, which was live from 2011-2014 and has now been replaced by the new website. Enjoy! *** The Humanist Community at Harvard is delighted to announce that Governor Deval Patrick has issued an official Proclamation declaring Sunday, December 8, 2013 to be “Humanist Community Day” throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts! This is in conjunction with the opening of the Humanist H … [Read more...]

Why do some people believe in God and others don’t?

It is tempting to believe that members of the Godless Congregation are like members of any congregation (except they don't believe in God). But people who don't believe in God may have some unique characteristics that differentiate them from those who are religious. For example, consider what personality traits might facilitate: • giving up a religious tradition • resisting societal pressures to believe • withstanding the social stigmas attached to atheism • foregoing the benefits from being … [Read more...]

The NFL may be terrified, but we’re excited!


On Friday, Vanessa Zoltan and I will have the pleasure of hosting former National Football League star Chris Borland, at the Humanist Hub, for a discussion on humanism and the ethics of football. Chris is a 24 year-old who starred for the San Francisco 49ers in his rookie season last year, then bravely retired, giving up the chance at millions of dollars in a decision Forbes says "should terrify the NFL." Borland's historic journey has been covered prominently by media outlets the world over, in … [Read more...]

Celebrating Earth Day and Openly Secular Day with a Big Announcement!


Yesterday was Earth Day​; today is Openly Secular​ Day. (Tell at least one person, today, that you are a humanist/atheist/agnostic/ally! Or you could always do what I do and tell almost every single person you've ever met...) So, I'm very proud to pass on that yesterday, one of the top national leaders working on the environment and religion announced she will be openly partnering with the Humanist Community at Harvard​ and our Humanist Hub. Karenna Gore-- an attorney, interfaith activist and for … [Read more...]

Love, Social Science, and Why I Decided to Marry Strangers On TV


Social science has conclusively demonstrated that our ability to “succeed” in love, commitment and marriage has an enormous impact not only on our happiness but on our mental and physical health. There is also a vast field of serious social scientific study of love and relationships, which has produced numerous critical insights into how and why couples and/or marriages succeed and fail. And yet, even among smart, thoughtful, well-educated people in the United States today, the amount of edu … [Read more...]

Building Something Real Together


Yet another beautiful meeting of our Humanist Hub Monday night discussion group, tonight. Fourteen of us processed Michael DeDora's provocative message in his Sunday Hub Talk, "Channeling Your Personal Passions into Advocacy". Michael's message, in short,was that we can identify our passions and pursue advocacy around them. It's a great and important message, and it also brought out, tonight, that passion is a hard topic for many of us. The idea of passion seems to dangle in many of our lives as … [Read more...]

Men’s Friendship Crisis, and why Atheists Should Care


At our Humanist Community at Harvard​/Humanist Hub staff meeting today, we discussed the surprising lack of gender diversity in #CNNatheists, as well as our own efforts to have well-balanced gender participation. I think we do pretty well at it (and, of our four senior/manager-level staff now, I'm the only male) but at times, there can be a lot of men at the Hub, too.I presented a article, "American men’s hidden crisis: They need more friends!", by my friend the very smart soci … [Read more...]

CNN’s Special on Atheists and Humanists


UPDATE, March 25: The CNN film was very interesting. We at the Humanist Hub and the Humanist Community at Harvard​ were extremely pleased with the entire segment on our community. Watch a great 2 minute preview of that, here,***I haven't posted yet about tonight's big CNN​ news special on atheists and Humanists, because although anchor Kyra Phillips​ and her team filmed for five days at the Humanist Hub and the Humanist Community at Harvard​, I didn't want to presume we were in it. But my … [Read more...]