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...]
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...]
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...]
“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...]
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...]