Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Humanist Symposium #7

reposted from bligbi

This week I have the privilege of hosting The Humanist Symposium. I would’ve liked to have done something creative, but that just isn’t me. So, let’s get this started.

First up is Eric Johnson of The Primate Diaries with his excellent article, The Sacrifice of Admetus, which is about altruism and how recent studies point toward it not only NOT being a mark against evolution, but something that we share with other animals, including the much maligned rat. I guess that leaves us with opposable thumbs and Shakespeare, eh?

Eric also submitted another article, The Rise of Forbidden Love, that seeks to explain the double standard that surrounds sexuality in certain cultures, especially those dominated by Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism where women are often singled out for severe punishment, even execution, for unauthorized sexual relations.

Next up is Evanescent of the same with a introspective article titled My Atheism where he explains what atheism means to him as well as his other beliefs and ideas.

Austin Cline of About Atheism brings us a write up on Albert Ellis a humanist therapist who recently died from natural causes and is alleged to have said that ‘neurosis’ was “just a high-class word for whining’.

Marguerite of La Marguerite shares her thoughts about her adherence to environmentalism in My Faith in Al.

Louise of The Human Print reminds us that before we ‘abuse, criticize and accuse’ one another we ought to try to walk a mile in each other shoes. The fact of the matter is that while we may all be atheists, our paths have been and continue to be different and lately it seems we’ve forgotten that.

On that same vein is Richard of Philosophy, et cetera with his article New Atheism is a Positive View where he contributes the latest dustup between non-believers to be a misunderstanding of the rhetoric involved.

The next entry about religious rights vs. human rights by Arnab of Only Three Notes just makes me sad and a bit angry. Two children are dead and for what? Will the day ever come when the commonly heard phrase “your rights end where my nose begins” is understood to include the noses of children also?

On a much lighter note, C.L Hanson of Letters from a broad wonders about marriages between atheists and theists and confesses to being glad she isn’t in one which is something I can cop to also. I’m hard enough to live with as it is. If my husband was to go theistic, it’d probably be pistols at dawn by the end of the day.

Brian of Primordial Blog offers up an excellent article on grieving which includes the tale of Tithonus as well as a poem about the cruelty that is immortality.

John of Hell’s Handmaiden reminds us all that the more theists speak the more they repeat themselves in this oldie but goodie Atheists are bad, bad people… And they wonder why we don’t have any “new” arguments, eh?

Coincidently, Alvaro of Sharp Brain submitted a post about lifestyle options to help us keep our brains in shape.

Last but not least is Looking Up by The Ridger of The Greenbelt who takes apart and improves on a cute - if you’re a theist church billboard.

UPDATE: I just realized a couple of entries ran afoul of my spam filter and ended up in the junk folder. The first one is by Tobe38 of A Load of Bright with a wonderful entry about how religion is like tobacco - sure to give you a reason to pause. The other is by John of Evolutionary Middleman seems to somewhat go hand in hand with Tobe’s article as John explains while he can understand others needing it, the metaphysical is not his cup of tea.

That’s all for this week. The next edition will be at Elliptica on September 23rd. In the meantime, check out the guidelines for submitting an article, submit an article and/or volunteer to host an edition yourself by contacting Adam at

Written by KC on September 2nd, 2007 with 9 comments.
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