Speaking for Earth: Carl Sagan’s Scientific Spirituality

Who Speaks for Earth

What: Speaking for Earth: Carl Sagan’s Scientific Spirituality Where: 30 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, 4th Floor When: 10:00 am Sunday April 20th Facebook Event Page Can science and spirituality be mixed? What might the combination of the two look like? And what is “spirituality” anyway? All these questions and more will be addressed in [Read More...]

How to Check Your Privilege in 5 Excruciating Steps

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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...]

Cosmos – Epistemic, Existential, Ethical, and Aesthetic

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My bio as a Humanist speaker ends with the words “James was raised on Shakespeare, Sagan, and Star Trek” - and it’s true. When I discovered the works, words, and worlds of Carl Sagan, my world flew open. I’ve written about his unique approach to science, Humanism, and the big questions of life, and I’ve spoken [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...]

Vice Magazine on Godless Congregations

Harry Cheadle of Vice Magazine offers an in-depth look at the growing phenomenon of godless congregations! The idea behind godless congregations, as groups like the Sunday Assembly are known, is pretty simple: churches are about building communities based on shared values as much as they’re about worship. Studies conducted in the past few years have [Read More...]

Nobody Expects the Atheist Inquisition!

More than meets the eye...

We atheists can be a scrappy bunch. We like to argue, to dissect ideas, to question language. So when I posted the following, as an ecstatic Facebook update during a night of wild dancing, I expected perhaps a few raised eyebrows at my choice of language, given that my Facebook friends list is filled with [Read More...]

Should Alan Turing Be “Pardoned”?

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Today Alan Turing, computer science pioneer, inventor of the “Turing Test”, and Second World War Hero, was pardoned by the British crown. The pardon repeals his conviction for “gross indecency” – he admitted to having a homosexual relationship after his house was burgled by an acquaintance of his lover, and was promptly prosecuted and plied [Read More...]


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