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What's your reason?

Using Reason to Your Advantage

Everything happens for a reason. What are your reasons?

We need to find a way to work past our problems

There is a meme going around the internet – everything happens for a reason and sometimes the reason is that you were stupid and made a bad decision. Can’t argue with that.

Given that things happen for a reason and that sometimes the reason is because we made a bad decision, we should probably try to stop making bad decisions.  This is easier said than done. Which is why using your faculty of reason is so darned important.

Reason is defined as: the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.  There is a reason why this definition of reason (ie: the power to think) is tied linguistically to the definition of reason as causal.  Reason is both the thought of whether we should do something and the act of actual doing that causes whatever it is to happen.
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Freethought and Free Speech

Freethought and Free Speech – the danger of thinking for yourself

What is so wrong with thought or speech that the retaliation is by assault and murder?

I want you to not be afraid

I am obviously a Humanist. This is a Humanist blog. On it I discuss politics, personal welfare, personal relationships, democracy, freedom and human rights.  I do this because I care about the welfare of people. Not just people I know, all PEOPLE. 

And it’s really hard to care if you don’t take an interest in things that affect them. Like taxation, and schools, and health care and human and civil rights.

And while we aren’t necessarily anti-religious, we most definitely are when religion is used to justify the oppression of people. Which is probably why Humanist activists are getting murdered around the world.
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Humanism, Sex & Bondage

Of Bondage and Humanism

Why are we so turned on by abusive sexual images? Should we be?

My Heart and My Body are Connected - Humanist Sex

My friend and fellow Humanist Toni Van Pelt wrote an essay about her thoughts on the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. (See: http://instituteforscienceandhumanvalues.com/index_htm_files/An%20enforcement%20tool%20final.pdf)

As a Humanist, I am all for individuals exploring their sexuality in whatever way they want. What they do and choose to do with other consenting adults is their business, not mine. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions on whether or not any given particular sexual pursuit will lead to happiness or not.

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There is a better way

What to do if angry atheism isn’t working for you

My Humanism is not a secret. I am quite open about it. It’s what I do.  I’m also an atheist. I don’t make a secret about that either. I’ve been atheist since I was a teenager and before that I was agnostic.  I was never a believer.

The is a better way: Humanism

I meet a lot of people in the course of my work. Some are very comfortable in their faith and they are looking for ways to improve their thinking and ways to integrate their values more thoroughly into their day to day lives.  Some are people who are questioning their faith and are looking for ways to build an ethical system to replace the one that isn’t working well for them.  And still others have abandoned their faith altogether and are looking for a way to express their secular values without the anger that dominates the “angry atheist” movement.  It is to this last group that this essay is addressed.

For those of you who have found atheism but who are looking for a way to be atheist without being angry. I’ve got great news for you.  There is no right way to be an atheist.  Some atheists are angry – sure. Some aren’t. It’s the same with every group actually. As my dad always says – no group corners the market in stupidity.
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11 Principles of Humanist Ethics

11 Principles of Humanist Ethics

A statement by the great Humanist Corliss Lamont on the main principles of the Humanist philosophy.

The Power of Humanism

Taken from his essay: The Affirmative Ethics of Humanism - http://www.corliss-lamont.org/ethics.htm

There is much that can be said about Humanist ethics. But here are eleven main and succinct points proposed for your consideration.

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