De/Humanization

My first real job was in prisons. As a teenager at university I became a volunteer for the London Shakespeare Workout Prison Project, a charity which performs Shakespeare workshops, and sometimes whole productions, inside correctional facilities (whether it is still running I don’t know – I haven’t heard anything about it in a long time). [Read More...]

Beyond Secularism

Secularism is an important value: a secular government – a government which does not embody or promote any particular religious or nonreligious worldview, and which bases its policies on what is likely to improve the welfare of its citizens rather than on any particular religious ideology – is an essential component of a flourishing society. [Read More...]

Let Humanism Ring: American Humanist Association 2014 Annual Conference Report

AHA Conference 2014 Logo

The American Humanist Association met in Philadelphia this weekend for its 73rd Annual Conference (“Let Humanism Ring!”), a celebration of the Humanist worldview and an opportunity for the AHA (the foremost organization for the promotion of Humanism in the USA) to update its members on the activities of the year. The conference began, as in previous [Read More...]

How to Check Your Privilege in 5 Excruciating Steps

Dialogue

Recently, I changed my mind. Challenged over my uncritical reposting of a secular argument against abortion, I was forced to examine my assumptions, reflect on my identity, and consider how my actions might look from a different vantage point – in other words, I “checked my privilege”. The exhortation to “check your privilege” is common in [Read More...]

The Sochi Games: Fury and Futility

I have been avoiding writing about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: my feelings are too fierce and conflicted, and I cannot find precision. Yet I feel I cannot stay silent, so I prevail upon you, my reader, to grant me a space to speak openly and honestly on an issue which is full of complexity [Read More...]

The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Distinguishing the Epistemic and the Persuasive

Evangelizing

The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook is a guide to evidence-based activism for atheists, agnostics, Humanists, and all freethinkers, designed to help us communicate better. Current posts in the series include: The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Evidence-Based Atheist Activism Go for the Gut – On the role of emotion in persuasion Framing for Freethinkers - Introducing Lakoff’s concept of [Read More...]

The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – What Do I Mean by “Evidence”?

Books

The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook is a guide to evidence-based activism for atheists, agnostics, Humanists, and all freethinkers, designed to help us communicate better. Current posts in the series include: The Freethinkers’ Political Textbook – Evidence-Based Atheist Activism Go for the Gut – On the role of emotion in persuasion Framing for Freethinkers - Introducing Lakoff’s concept of [Read More...]


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