Skepticon 5 Day One – Greta Christina via Skype!

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Skepticon is here again! North America’s largest free conference for of atheists, skeptics, agnostics and Humanists has begun again for another year, and the conference proper is starting with a bang. Greta Christina’s bespectacled face is filling a large screen at the front of the Springfield Expo Center, and her mellifluous tones are filling the [Read More...]

Remembering Paul Kurtz – Three Perspectives

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I never met Paul Kurtz – never even spoke with him – yet he has had a profound impact on my life. Through the institutions he founded and/or led – the  Center for Inquiry,  Free Inquiry Magazine, The Humanist, and many more – he became the single most important figure in creating the Humanist movement of which I am [Read More...]

How Should Rationalists Approach Death? – Skepticon 4 Panel

At the recent Skepticon convention I had the privilege of speaking on a panel with Greta Christina, Eliezer Yudkowsky and Julia Galef, moderated by Jesse Galef. Video of the panel after the jump! BONUS: You can hear me singing parts from RENT! [Read more...]

Baby, You’re a Firework! – Humanism and the Hereafter

“I do not know how to prove physically, that we shall meet and know each other in a future state; nor does Revelation, as I can find, give us any positive assurance of such a felicity. My reasons for believing it, as I do most undoubtedly, are that I cannot conceive such a being could make such a species as the human, merely to live and die on this earth. If I did not believe in a future state, I should believe in no God. This Universe, this all would appear, with all of its swelling pomp, a boyish firework.” – John Adams

To this, a Humanist reply: in the words of noted philosopher Katy Perry, “Baby, You’re a Firework!”

This post originally appeared at State of Formation, an interfaith community blog. [Read more...]

The Tolling Bell: Do Some Deserve to Die?

Outside the White House, citizens gathered to wave American Flags and chant “USA! USA!” At Ground Zero and Times Square people came out in droves. Right now as I type people are pressing onto the T in Boston, heading to the Common. Heading to celebrate the death of another human being.

This leads me to question, as a Humanist: Do some people deserve to die? Is it ever right to celebrate the death of another human person? [Read more...]


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