Doubt vs. Certitude

Doubt vs. Certitude

Why facing reality with doubt is better than religious certitude.

Religious Certitude is Dangerous

I got a tweet from Shirley Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church the other day. It was about bullying. My point was that you don’t have to suffer at the hands of a bully. You can do something to get it to stop. You just need to learn what to do and how to do it. Her response was that the only thing that ever works is to obey God.

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An Introduction to Humanism on DVD

About the video:

This program is designed to help clarify one of the most influential and consequently most maligned philosophies of our time.  Humanism has arisen in every culture and in every time and yet very few people know what it is and why it has been so influential.

Written by Jennifer Hancock this Introduction to Humanism DVD is broken into 6 sections covering:

  1. Definition of Humanism
  2. History of Humanism
  3. Humanism’s relationship to religion
  4. Central Values of Humanism
  5. Famous Humanists
  6. And Frequently Asked Questions about Humanism

This video serves as a good resource for individuals looking to learn more about the philosophy and for groups looking to provide an introduction to the philosophy for their newer members.

Total viewing time: 41 minutes

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Regulations are Double Plus Good

Turns out this oil spill disaster could have been prevented through regulationRegulations are good for business. 
Seriously – they are.

4/30/10

I know pro-business types like to claim that regulations are harming businesses and preventing them from competing in the market place.  They are wrong.  Dangerously wrong.  Most common sense regulations actually help businesses while protecting consumers and the environment. Seriously – they do.

For instance, good regulations help ensure public safety, guarantee an even playing field for all business competitors and … here’s the best part … act as a barrier to entry for any new competitors to an industry.  What’s not to like!  Really.  When I was working in big business part of my job was to participate in our industry association.  My job was to encourage the industry association to promote more regulation of our industry.  We wanted to make it as hard as possible for other people to compete with us.  Regulations do exactly that. They are also beneficial to our consumers and the environment. This is what is known as a win-win-win scenario.  An additional benefit is that your entire industry won’t get branded with a horrible reputation because one stupid idiot who wanted to get ahead by cheating single handedly creates a mega-disaster. Businesses and industries benefit from regulation! Really, they do.

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Doubt is a virtue

Doubts
about Militias

4/4/10

Religious militias are once again a problem. This time a small
tight knit group came up with the stupendously stupid idea to kill a police
officer as a way to get lots of other officers together at a funeral so they
could kill lots of police at one go. What is stunning isn’t that some insane
person came up with such a boneheaded idea. What is stunning is that none of
his friends said – hey – maybe that isn’t such a good idea. Doubt and skepticism
are Humanist virtues for a reason. They keep us out of trouble.

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How not to get ridiculed

How not to get ridiculed by an Atheist

So, yesterday, I got an email from a youtuber asking me to friend him.  He is known as TheHonestTheist.  I didn’t.  But I did look at his video.  It was nice, a proselytizing piece about his revelations about faith. And aside from the fact he isn’t very honest because he got me to watch his video not by asking me for my opinion, but by pretending to want to be my friend, I thought he asked a really good question, which deserves a response.

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Political Caricatures and Charges of Racism

Presidents will always be portrayed as caricaturesCaricatures and Politics

9/18/09

Ok – so charges of racism are flying in the current political debate. Here is why I think this is a non-issue.  First, it isn’t news that there are still some incredibly bigoted people living in America.  Second, caricatures of political officials are normal in politics. Jimmy Carter was portrayed as a stupid southern hick as a way to show how idiotic his policies were.  Reagan was portrayed as an actor/puppet who was only good at delivering someone else’s lines. Clinton was a lying philanderer who couldn’t be trusted.  Bush Jr was a trust fund kid who only got into college as a legacy and not on his own merits.  And now we have Obama who is a black radical socialist who hangs out with terrorists and is most likely Muslim and not even a real American. Ok, so the caricatures of Obama are a bit harsher and more severe then the way we caricatured our other presidents. But still, if McCain had won, he would have been a dottering old fool.  And if Hillary had won we would have been treated to every anti-feminist stereotype imaginable.  My point is that Obama is The President – of course his opposition is trying to portray him as a negative caricature!  

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Celebrating Saturnalia

Saturn represents the values Humanists care about10 Reasons why Humanists should consider celebrating Saturnalia

12/23/08

I have been thinking a lot about what I want out of a winter holiday.  And that is a conundrum for us Humanists.  We don’t want to celebrate something overly religious, but we don’t want to miss out on a good party either.  I did a bit of research on Saturnalia this year and while I am not saying we should revive the old religion, I do think there is a lot to Saturnalia that is appealing to us Humanists.  So here are 10 reasons why I think Saturnalia is a good holiday for Humanists to celebrate and why my husband and I will be integrating it into our winter celebrations.

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Richardson or Clinton?

Obama, Richardson and Hillary ClintonHillary as Secretary of State?

11-17-08

Scuttlebutt has it that Barack Obama is apparently considering Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson for the position of Secretary of State.  I hope he chooses Bill Richardson.  The concern I have with Hillary is that she isn’t a very ethical person.  That isn’t to say she doesn’t have good intentions, she just is prone to resorting to lies and deceit to get her way.  I don’t respect that and am hoping that Obama will actually place trustworthy people around him, especially in a position as important as Secretary of State.

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Hillary Likes McCain

Hillary likes McCainMcCain’s Blessing

3/12/08

Can someone stop Hillary before she gives McCain the keys to the white house?  I mean really.  Her statements praising McCain as a way to bash Obama were just really stupid.  I tried to find a kinder word to describe it, but really, all I came up with were worse then that.

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Hillary Likes McCain

Hillary likes McCainMcCain’s Blessing

3/12/08

Can someone stop Hillary before she gives McCain the keys to the white house?  I mean really.  Her statements praising McCain as a way to bash Obama were just really stupid.  I tried to find a kinder word to describe it, but really, all I came up with were worse then that.

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