Humanism for the Masses
This website was originally for humanists in Massachusetts. We
believe, however, that the torch needs to be taken up where it fell and
now this website is for all humanists in not just America, but also the
world. It is for the mass of humanists.
What is Humanism?
Humanism is a worldview that rejects religious interpretations of the
world. Humanists believe that the truth about nature, evolution,
biology etc. is to be found through the scientific method of
experimentation and the formation of theories that can be verified by
Humanists do not agree that religion is needed to provide a moral or
ethical framework for human behavior. Ethics can be derived from
normative human relations; and humanists accept that through cultures
and different times ethics have varied. Above all, humanists believe in
compromise, democracy, non-violence and negotiation to solve political
and inter-personal disputes. Although many humanists would describe
themselves as ‘liberal’ there is no inherent political bias to humanism.
It is as equally feasible to be a Republican and a humanist.
The focus of humanism might appear to be on science (indeed
‘scientific humanism’ is a recognized term); but humanism does not
reject the arts. Indeed throughout history some of the most ardent
supporters of humanism have been writers and other artists. Humanism
believes in the value of human creativity.
Another common misconception about humanism is that it is speciesist -
namely, that it values human live above animal life. This is wrong. In
The Affirmations of Humanism (A Statement of Principles) it clearly
We want to protect and enhance the earth, to preserve it for
future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other
Protagoras claimed that ‘man is the measure of all things’. While
many humanists no doubt respect the ancient Greek sophist, this
statement does not represent humanism; rather it is probably an early
formulation of the inherent subjectivity of human perception.
Is Humanism a Religion?
Humanism is not against religion. Humanists believe that people have
the right to decide for themselves, and as long as they don’t impinge
others to follow any religion they wish. Humanism is about enlightened
tolerance, not bigotry.
The right wing in America has sought to pull a rabbit out of the hat
by claiming that a world view that embraces rationalism, science, peace,
debate and tolerance is somehow ‘religious’. People believe in humanism
and therefore it is a religion is the general line of argument.
Developing the argument these critics of humanism point out that
humanism pervades schools and colleges in textbooks, lectures, teachers’
attitudes etc. Thus if humanism is a religion then it is protected by
the First Amendment to the Constitution but should also be banned from
schools and colleges.
This is remarkable - Americans should not be taught critical thinking
and science in schools because they are secretly been indoctrinated by
‘religious beliefs’. It is the religious right in America that makes
this argument - and they want religion in schools, not out of schools!
The argument has been made in the courts: while some judges uphold
this specious reasoning, others give it the contempt it deserves and
throw it out of court.
Much of this intellectual sleight of hand is based around the
semantics of the word ‘belief’. When a humanist says, ‘I believe the
earth goes round the sun’ the word belief indicates that the humanist is
going with the best available scientific theory and data and if new
data arose to point to a different situation the humanist would be
prepared to modify his or her ‘belief’. When a theist says, ‘I believe
in God’ he or she is using belief to refer to an immutable fact that is
backed up by faith or religious experience. It is by switching from one
notion of ‘belief’ to another that anti-humanists can derive arguments
to assert humanism is a religion. It is similar to creationists who
deride evolution as ‘just a theory’.
The matter is sadly confused by humanists themselves who set up
humanist churches and proclaim themselves humanist chaplains and the
like. This is no doubt tolerated by the humanist community because
tolerance is one of the core values of humanism.
Humanism for the Twenty-first Century
It is the duty of humanists across the globe to argue against
intolerance and bigoted opinions whether they are religious in nature or
not. It is also the duty of humanists to clarify the issues concerning
belief, fact, theory and religion to show that humanism is not
necessarily antagonistic to religion but is diametrically opposite to
Another challenge for humanism in the present century is to embrace
the lessons of environmentalism and find ways to strengthen the ties
between the humanist movement and the environmental movement. Perhaps
this might be achieved by stressing that natural resources,
bio-diversity, the ozone layer etc. have more than a mere instrumental
value for humans. Indeed, science is showing that humans are not so
special. Very few genes separate humans from chimps. The intellectual
scope of humanism must be enlarged to accept and explore these
Posted October 24th, 2012
Have you ever thought about how you could use green energy,
but didn’t know where to start? Have you been overwhelmed by the options
and prices of green energy systems? Embrace a future of green energy by
putting the advice within this article to good use. If you blog, start
using green hosting service with a hostgator coupon, it helps too.
Not only should you reduce energy use, you should try to produce your
own energy. This gives you more freedom, as well as reducing pollution
and the cost of energy. This will decrease your energy consumption
If you want to be green you should invest in a programmable
thermostat. Programmable thermostats regulate your home’s temperatures
in your absence or while you’re sleeping so that you are not cooling or
heating your home when it’s not necessary. The newer models can be
programed with multiple start and stop times for various days during the
week to conserve power.
If you dress warmer, you will help cut energy costs, which helps you
to go green. Sweaters of varying thickness can offer more warmth, from
two to four degrees depending on its weight. You don’t have to worry
about wearing too little at home so consider getting a sweater to save
When battery chargers and other electronics are not in use, unplug
them. They may not be currently in use, but items such as cell phone
chargers, laptops and mp3 players draw energy when left plugged in.
Consider using a solar oven to bake with. A solar oven can be made by
using an old window, a box and for reflection, a piece of foil. They
don’t use any outside energy and can get up to 300 degrees.
What do you have to do to make your home more green? You now have the
answers but it is up to you to take initiative and use the knowledge
you gained from this article. You will be amazed at the results from
small changes once you start!
Posted October 15th, 2012
Everyone knows that if you look better, you feel better. However, there is so much out there about Danfoil Marksprøjter
that it’s hard to know what to listen to and what to ignore. Here are
some great fashion tips so you are always in style, no matter where you
are going. If you are interested in bringing back an old trend then
simply look at images from the trend that you want to bring back. Then
form your own style that fits what it is you are trying to revitalize
and figure out how to start your own fashion trend that people will
appreciate. Remember that belts should serve as accent pieces, rather
than necessary tools for holding your pants up, and have fun with them.
Skinny belts are perfect with dark denim and dress pants, especially in
animal prints or shimmery metallics. Wide belts look great over dresses,
cardigans and other pieces that you’d like to look more fitted. To
prevent your underwear or bra from showing through light-colored
clothing, choose nude tones.
A simple Danfoil Marksprøjter is a fantastic addition to any
wardrobe. You can use it to dress up almost any outfit. Then, you can
remove it if you change to a more casual venue. The color will also
match virtually anything in your closet, from jeans to business casual
blouses and slacks. Make a list before you start shopping for a new
wardrobe. Take an inventory of what you already own. Make a list of the
items of clothing you need. Narrow these items of clothing down to what
is most important and start from there. A great way to help you look
your best is to keep a good stock of button down white cotton shirts.
This is important because not only do they go with many different other
pieces, they are also safe for nearly every occasion and extremely easy
to take care of. To avoid dry skin, be sure to eat properly.
Your Danfoil Marksprøjter should match – at least somewhat. There are
people who think it’s cool to wear plaids with paisleys, and purples
with oranges. Not only are these people wrong, but they also look
ridiculous. Refrain from doing things out of the norm just because they
are out of the norm. There’s usually a reason they’re out of the norm.
Only mix patterns and colors if you actually think they look good
together. An hourglass figure looks sexy on all women. Even though
society makes us believe that the extremely thin women are the sexiest,
this is far from the truth. Men love women with an hourglass figure.
Always wear clothing that complements your curves. If you do not have
curves, fake it by wearing a high-waisted skirt or a stylish belt.
Embrace your imperfections. Although society says that we should all
look a certain way, the truth is that our imperfections really make us
Prevent wearing skirts that are too short. This just makes you look
really trashy and easy. They also attract the wrong types of guys who
may try to look up your skirt. Modesty is a virtue that our society
seems to have forgotten. Instead, your skirt length should be right
below your knees. Use the tips in this article to streamline your
wardrobe and where what looks best on you. Even if you haven’t paid
attention before, you’ll find out that when you look good, you feel
great. Fine tune your fashion sense and you will look fabulous anywhere
you happen to go.
Using a Discount Voucher Code
Then you definitely should have run into a discount voucher code, should you shop widely on the Internet. Naturally, you might not have comprehended the Internet such, as not all online sellers. But when all is said and done, the discount voucher code is an alphanumeric code which sellers make accessible to particular groups of the customers, with all the instructions that the entry of the said code during checkout time will lead to the customer entering it paying less than what they might have otherwise paid for his or her purchase.
The discount codes' idea was borrowed in the conventional (printed) discount coupon. The discount coupons were generally given by marketers, notably to customers they met outside the stores on their 'outside marketing' excursions. Normally, the marketer could let you know then provide you with a discount coupon, a special sheet of paper, and to try their store really; with instructions that should it be presented by you at your point of acquisition, you would immediately bring in the discount constitutional in it. With this type of coupon, you would really have grounds to go to their store - and when you did so, and presented the voucher code at the purpose of acquisition, you'd indeed get the discount the coupon bore.
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The discount-coupon codes is therefore the 'digital' variation of the original discount-coupon code; where the printed document that people knew as the coupon is replaced with the alphanumeric code. It finds good application through the attempts of competitive salesmen, rather than on the Internet, where people tend to find stores throughout the search engines.
Obviously, use of the discount codes isn't limited to the Internet. Even modern brick and mortar stores, which advertise themselves over the telephone (cold calling) can take advantage of it. This is where they call a prospect, and near the end of the call, they give him or her the discount voucher code (that's, they spell it out on the telephone), then tell the prospect in question that he or she stands to gain the said discount should they go to the store that was being advertised. Through this arrangement, the marketers stand to not only boost the chances of the possibilities they call up visiting their stores, but also making their calls to come across as less bothersome to recipients, who now realize that they at least stand to get a discount code out of them.
As a shopper, you may profit significantly from the voucher-code. To the uninitiated, the discount voucher code comes across as 'just another'
Posted October 14th, 2012
One of the great things we can do as humans is to give to those in need. Using a compound interest calculator we can see that even a modest endowment to a worthy charity can grow quite substantially.
Deposit accounts and loan terms are extended over a span of time with
monthly interest calculation periods. Since the interest is calculated
several times throughout a term, be it monthly or quarterly, simple
interest is normally not applied. Instead, compound interest is more
appropriate and has been the standard in finance and economics. Unlike
simple interest calculation which only involves multiplication of
quantities, compound interest calculation requires exponentiation which
can be tedious if done manually. Hence, a compound interest calculator
is designed for the purpose.
A compound interest calculator takes into account the principal
amount or initial investment, the annual nominal interest rate expressed
in decimal notation, frequency of interest calculation per year, and
the number of years of the entire term. The result arising from this
calculation is the final amount that is compounded at the end of the
term. For this calculation, the annual nominal interest rate is first
divided by the number of times the interest is compounded per year. A
monthly interest, for instance, would imply twelve cycles per year.
Next, the quotient is added by one to account for the principal value.
Then, the sum from the previous calculation is raised to the power of
the product of the number of cycles per year and the number of years.
Finally, the resulting value is multiplied by the principal amount.
Basing from the above calculation flow, a principal amount of $1500
with an annual interest rate of 4.3% compounded quarterly for 6 years
yields a final amount of $1,938.84. If this is a deposit account, then
the depositor earns a profit of $938.84. Compound interest also makes
for justifiable interest awarded to a term which might be ended
To ease the calculation process, a compound interest calculator can
be used. The relatively straightforward yet tedious calculation can be
implemented on a scientific calculator, on a spreadsheet such as Excel,
or as a standalone applet written in Java. On a scientific calculator,
the formula can be stored on the memory so that the final amount is
calculated after having entered the required quantities. On
spreadsheets, users can design their own compound interest calculator by
following the simple formula. Each quantity required can then occupy a
particular cell so that calculations can be applied to general
conditions. For quick reference, finance websites also host a compound
interest calculator as an applet that supplements a particular financial
The adaptation of internet as an indispensable office supply
hardly needs an introduction. However, as technology advanced, internet
strengthened its reach, to become a quintessential necessity of modern
day urbanites. Amidst all the roles played by this multifaceted tool,
one that is most notable is its promotion of the cause of humanism. The
platform of internet has shielded many causes from dying a quick death
in the memory of the general public. This is mainly because of the
convenience provided by it in spreading information. Thanks to
internet, information is always just a click away from people.
•One cannot run out of causes that need not only attention but a
strategic plan of action that yields the desired results. The cause of
humanism is a greatly revered one, something that has the potential of
attracting teeming millions. Sadly though, more often than not, people
have no clue about how to harness this dedication into a powerful
movement that addresses the cause effectively.
•It is not as if the cause of humanism doesn’t have any takers. The
recent example of Occupy Wall Street against corporate greed, aptly
describes the reverence felt by people for humanitarian causes. Further,
what is surprising is the fact that the mass movement that literally
shook the very foundation of Wall Street, used internet as an
advertising medium. The main problem with the movements embracing
humanitarian causes is that they lack a planned approach, with the
result that they fizzle out no sooner than they begin. They are kicked
off with a lot of fan fare only to lose its steam later.
•Massive Splash, an internet marketing company,
provides marketing backup to causes, transforming them from lackluster ,
mediocre movements to high octane, dynamic movements that have the
potential of making a definite change. The company gives wings to a
movement to make a long flight rather give up before taking off.
Finally the time has come for a new alternative to cigarette
smoking to be taken seriously, the e cigarette has been met with a
mixture of scepticism and joy but as the technology and sales continue
to grow even the biggest naysayers have to stand up and take note. For
early adopters of the e cig there has been nothing but praise for the
product as thousands have made the switch and ditched cigarettes for
good. 40 a day smokers that had the habit for 50 years have made the
switch with no problems.
So why are some state governments so opposed to the idea? Some States
have even banned the use of e cigs in public places! I can only think
that it comes down to a lack of education and transparency in the
product itself. The good thing is, steps are being made to improve this
aspect and with the WHO conducting tests we can only hope this attitude
changes. Would they rather people smoke cigarettes? Remember these are
an alternative and many people don’t actually want to quit smoking but
find this a fantastic alternative.
Recent events have also seen one of the biggest tobacco companies in
the USA acquire Blu cigs, however you look at the purchase, good or bad,
it can only help to solidify the e cigarette as a viable product.
There are some great products available, which can be found here, so if you have ever considered it then give them a go! It could be the best thing you have ever done.
The internet has changed and I don’t mean in a good way.
Sure there are now loads more quality sites, tons of fantastic
applications and media shows streamed online than there used to be.
However as the technology and the investment have poured into
these sites so has the censorship and filtering.
From a commercial level, providers like the BBC, Hulu, Pandora and
NBC have produced some truly stunning web sites – however they have also
decided to block access to the majority of the world. It used to
be true that you could upload a web site and it was accessible to all,
it didn’t matter if you were in a cyber cafe in Nepal or an apartment in
New York. The web was the same for everyone, we were all equal
and accessed the same thing.
But the filtering was not just done on a money making commercial
premise. We have seen the power of the internet in the Arab Spring
uprisings and dictators and undemocratic governments are scared.
You’ll find across the world – Nations are increasingly
controlling the internet feeds into their countries. From China,
Iran to Thailand and across the Middle East – sites are being
blocked and censored. In Turkey hundred of sites are not
accessible on religious or political grounds. Even countries like
Australia are putting in measure to block content they deem
Of course there are some nasty, evil stuff on the internet –
but more effort seems to be made to block rather than catch and arrest
the people behind these sites. The reality is that all filtering
does is create two tiers those who know how to bypass the blocks and
those who don’t. The internet is full of demonstrations on how
you can use technology to sidestep these filters – check out some of the
posts on this site for example - http://www.theninjaproxy.org/
You’ll see how easy it is to use systems to keep your internet
conenction secure, private and at the same time bypass all these stupid
filters. Of course the systems usually cost money to use, so
although not expensive for poorer countries it can be too much.
The world has everything we need. It is our part as human
beings to use these natural resources to good use. For us to be able to
survive this world, we need to be a lot wiser, hard worker, creative and
innovative but most especially big dreamers.
It is our part to contribute to the modernization of our society. We
are responsible for thinking of new ways to improve life. We are the
ones to do all the work. We are the ones responsible for our own
successes. There is a saying that goes like this, “As long as you’re
going to be thinking anyway, think big”. This statement is definitely
true. For more wise and motivational quotes from famous people, click here.
If you want to have a better life, then start renovating your life. You
will be thinking about ways to be more of this, to have more of that,
so might as well think really big. Think outside of the box. That is how
you succeed. In fact, that is how most people achieved success.
There are so many things that you can do to be a very successful man.
If it means reinventing or improving a latest product such as the No No Hair Removal
device, then by all means do so. Its takes a lot of guts and
determinations to achieve great results. There may be obstacles that you
will encounter, but it should not hinder you from doing what you need
Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do this or that. If you
think you can do it, never hesitate. Think big and dream big. Contribute
to modernizing the world. In this way, our world would be a better
place to live in; with everything that we need and continuous
one of us desires to have more in our lives. It is simply a part of our
human nature to want something more, to dream something bigger, to
desire a better status in life, and so on.
our generation today, beauty is a plus factor. If you are beautiful,
you will be adored. If you are not that beautiful, you may be
unappreciated. That is why more and more people tend to have makeovers
in order to be more appealing to himself or herself but most especially
to other people.
look good, you need to be well-groomed. And when we talk about
grooming, hair is the first thing in mind. Body hair is generally good,
but sometimes excessive body hair is bad primarily because it makes you
less attractive. People resort to hair removers to eliminate body hair.
One great example of an electronic hair remover is the Silk’n Sensepil.
This product will basically eliminate all unwanted body hairs (armpit
hair, leg hair, facial hair, etc.). This kind of hair remover is more
effective compared to using other hair removal methods such as body
are some groups of people who believe that hair is sacred and that it
should not be cut-off. But what if it is causing you discomforts or it’s
making you look older, can’t you shave it? Nowadays, looking good is
more important than any religious beliefs. Hair removal is just a common
thing to do. Almost all people do it. There’s nothing sacred about it,
it’s merely a personal choice. If you are groomed well or you look more
presentable and attractive, then people can appreciate you more. You
will be able to boost your confidence, thus making you more effective in
whatever it is that you do. Check out this website to learn more about grooming tips.
So I’m a woman of Indian origin.
Yes, I hail from the hottest developing country from the East. India – a
country which is full of contradictions, we are willing to allow a 118
storey building to come up at the heart of a hustling and bustling over search engine marketing whittier
crowded metropolitan which is so obviously heading towards self
destruction but we do not allow women to do what they want to do with
their own body – case in point the aversion towards hair removal, the
Brazilian way I mean. How does this affect my choice of how I want to
live and who I want to be in the United States of America? I’ll tell
you. I’m now 26 years old and as is customary in people from my
community in India, I’m supposed to work towards impressing a suitable
groom as selected by my parents. We call it arranged marriage, I call it
anti humanism. Can we all educate orthodox modern Indians ( see the
oxymoron?) on humanism? Live and let live in a gist.
Anyway, I don’t want to hurt my parents
its a whole gratitude thing, I need to do what they want me to do. So I
dress up and I meet these men and I talk to them about marriage. On one
such date (my mother would flip if she found out I was calling it a
date)but here I am in the “States”, the free country, and I’m sitting
across the table with this over achieving Indian brat and he tries to
initiate footsie with me. He compliments me on my smooth skin and tells
me that I “don’t come across as a typical Indian girl”. Now don’t get me
wrong, we all have a right to choose our own religion and live life the
way we want to without really putting anyone else down or turning
towards bigotry but some women from my country actually would’ve taken
this as a compliment. Obviously this guy seemed to be okay with hair
removal. It’s not that women in my country and I come from Bombay, I
know for a fact that women do resort to a lot of hair removal products
and techniques over there such as those which you read about in various tria hair removal reviews
and thank God for that! Imagine with the humid weather and the not so
perfect blessing of body hair, we would literally be walking and talking
faux pas. So hair removal isn’t unheard of in a country with the
maximum number of religious faiths all living and co existing in the
humanism friendly environment. Almost. Humanism all around us but it’s
not yet in our minds. To cut a long story short, he was shocked when he
found out I was into Brazilian waxing for hair removal down there. He
gave me a long lecture about religion and faith and women and Gods.
To all women out there – PLEASE, you
have a right to be who you want to be and do as you please with your
body. Hair removal is sexy and you should definitely do it to feel good
and feel confident.
Lately, humanism has developed quite a following in the state
of Massachusetts. The state has been in the news recently as
presidential candidate Mitt Romney was the governor. Romney, of course,
is not a humanist. However, that didn’t stop some of us from voting for
him. Although the state chapter is sizable, it does not involve itself
in politics. We are not making an official endorsement.
Now speaking of humanism, some early American thought leaders were
intellectually influenced by the school. One such person was Thomas
Paine, who labeled himself a theophilanthropist. Paine was heavily
influenced by Voltaire. Voltaire, in turn, was a writer during the
Enlightenment. He was noted for his writings in the areas of
history, poetry, and prose. One may recall that in the movie Swingers,
Mikey ordered the “Pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment.” Most people
don’t really get that joke. It’s actually not a very good joke at all.
Basically, the menu said “Breakfast Anytime” so he was saying he’d like
the pancakes today.
Historically, humanists have closely studied Latin literacy texts. If
you know the language and are able to read the original texts, you will
be quite impressed by their insight. It’s known that the Romans used
recreational drugs sometimes and cannibis use was part of the culture.
Back then they could only use the substance through combustion;
vaporizers were not available yet. Fortunately these days, there are
many different models of vaporizers available. Masshumanists.com
recommends reading some vaporizer reviews before deciding which one to get.
Speaking of the ancient Romans, you may recall the movie Gladiator
starring Russell Crowe. That took place in ancient Rome. Crowe played
the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius, who was temporarily
reduced to becoming a slave. Eventually he regains his freedome through
his gladatorial skills and makes his way back to polite society. The
movie won 5 Academy Awards, so one might say the Oscars were “crowing”
Not all of us here know about humanism. Yet we heard about
the term but we only comes into the perception that it is a religious
system but don’t know what really is. It was declared so by the Supreme
Court in 1961. Julian Huxley
who lived from 1887-1975 once predicted that it would be the
ultimate religion of the world in the near future. Humanism is
everywhere in our public schools, and because it’s a religion, it’s fair
to say that our public schools are institutions that indoctrinate our
kids into a certain religion. While this is generally true, not everyone
within the framework of the public school system is promoting its
teachings. One thing we all should consider is that our tax dollars are
being spent to support this program. Therefore we make sure our voice is
heard by voting in Godly people, also making sure that our voices are
heard when decisions are made about your local school’s curriculum.
are some of the doctrines of this religion? The fact is Humanism is
anti-supernatural. One of the best summaries of this doctrine of
Humanism is the Humanist Manifesto II. It states, “We find insufficient
evidence for belief in the existence of a supernatural. It is either
meaningless or irrelevant to the question of the survival and
fulfillment of the human race. As no theists we begin with humans not
God, nature not Divinity.” James Hitchcock in his book “What is Secular
Humanism?” says this of them. “They promote a way of life that
systematically excludes God and all religion in the traditional sense.
Man for better or worse on his own in the universe. Man marks the
highest point to which nature has yet evolved. He must rely entirely on
his own resources.” One of the best new works in humanism
is from Global Humanism and is called drejebænk
which describes an african family who moves to england. Metal
Drejebænk starts out by explaining the various problems the family
is facing, learning a new language and culture and dealing with the many
problems the white people in the nabourhood are giving them until
one day the youngest son saves a white boy from a fire and
suddenly everything changes for the family. Metal
Drejebænk put humanism in a whole new term and is actually a quite
interresting piece of work as you can see from the many reviews
here at Metal Drejebænk and maybe give it a try yourself while you are at it.
the phrase Hitchcock uses, “way of life.” You see from the moment that
they get up until the moment they go to bed, Humanism affects
everything. Their denial of God affects everything. It affects the words
that they speak to other people. It affects their behavior. It affects
their morality, or lack thereof. It effects how they interact with the
world. You see, their way of life is governed by their claim that there
is no God. Paul Kurtz wrote a book titled, “The Forbidden Fruit: The
Ethics of Humanism.” In it he states the theist’s (Christian’s) world is
only a dream world. It’s a feeble escape into a future that will never
come. Promises of immortal salvation or fear eternal damnation are both
illusions and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from
self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices. There’s no
credible evidence that life survives the death of the body.”
Humanist Chris Brockman wrote a book called “What About Gods?” It says
this. “We no longer need Gods to explain how things happened. By careful
thinking, measuring, and testing we have discovered many of the real
causes of things and we are discovering more all the time. We call this
thinking.” What is the implication with Brockman’s statement? The
implication is that Christians don’t think. Those Creationists guys are a
bunch of losers. They are holding on to old superstitions.
It is often the case that as the scientific method becomes
more widely used in a country or region so the religious fervor of the
area declines. In the Middle Ages progress was stifled by hundreds of
years in Europe because the church persecuted as heretics anyone who
questioned orthodox views on nature and the natural world. Moreover,
until the invention of the prinitng press it was the monks that copied
books; and only those books that they deemed suitable.
The Renaissance changed everything. It coincided with the invention
of the printing press. Suddenly many important ancient Greek texts were
found and that started a great flourishing in all fields of human
endeavour. People like Copernicus introduced the notion of the
scientific method whereby phenomena is observed, data recorded and a
theory that conforms with the data is formulated that must be testable.
It was the scientific method that was to lead to Darwin in 1859 publishing his epoch changing On the Origin of Species.
We all know the theory of evolution and how it led to a radically
different explanation of how man and the animals came into being from
the one found in Genesis. It was from this point that many Victorians
lost their faith and sought new ideals to base their ethics upon. One
such ideal was humanism – a belief in the value and essential goodness
of mankind. A belief that man is capable of his own salvation.
This belief in humanism was greatly helped by the Industrial
Revolution happening at the same time. Suddenly it did seem that man was
master of nature and trains and early motorcars and better agriculture
were evidence of such a belief.
This belief only grew stronger in the Twentieth Century – man landed on the moon, EDM technology,
vaccines, heart transplants, computers, telephones, television, the
internet reinforced man’s ingenuity and ability to use the scientific
method to make life more comfortable and to discover more about the
The only sour note has recently been felt with the 9/11 attacks on
New York. Fundamental Islam is on the increase and religious wars have
become a part of the present geo-political climate. Despite the advances
science and humanism has made religion won’t go away. Indeed some
humanists want to belong to a ’church’ and be preached at by humanist
You might initially be surprised to see a post about gunsmithing on a site devoted to humanism and environmentalism. After all, don’t guns create more problems than they solve?
That all depends, really, on your view of humanism. My belief
is that humanism can teach people about the correct way to use tools in
their lives, guns included, to make the world a better place.
Back to my gunsmithing example, if people knew about the art of
gunsmithing, I believe that guns would be viewed differently.
Instead of being viewed as a tool for bloodshed and destruction, guns
would be viewed as an art form; they would be seen as beautiful,
handcrafted pieces of art that serve an important purpose in our
history. I truly believe that what is necessary for great
change in our world is not a complete shift of the resources we have
available, but instead a mental shift in the way that we view those
I recently attended a charity event which was put on by a
wine company to help a local school. The setup was fairly simple,
we all paid a small fee for a ticket ($20 each) which supplied us with
some hand passed appetizers fo the evening as well as a wine glass to
take home. We were also entered to win one of the wine gift baskets that were also available for sale.
The wine company (that I probably shouldn’t name here!) had brought 6
different wineries to the event, each winery had its own table. At each
table we were allowed to taste the wines they were offering for sale
and then purchase them at the end of the night. Some of the
wineries had enough wine with them that we could take them home and
others had to deliver them to us at a later date. The cool part
was that 20% of all sales went back to our school. As I told my
wife, we buy a lot of wine already so it isn’t like we’re even spending
extra money, we’re just changing where the money is going.
In any case, our school said they raised over 40k that evening, which
paid for some badly needed replacement text books as well as a wall of
new computers in the school library. Like I said, given that we
all buy wine already-why shouldn’t we buy some from a company which is
going to support our school, especially in these times of terrible
Posted October 15th, 2012
I was introduced to the
concept of humanism several years ago by high school friends of mine
whom I reconnected with during a reunion. Now, I had heard of
humanism before but I basically disregarded the concept because I just
had no interest in learning more about it. But when I got together with
my friends from high school and got to see firsthand the positive
changes brought about by their belief in humanism, I was intrigued, to
say the least. I could see how happy my friends were and there was a
certain sense of contentment emanating from them. It was something I
didn’t have and I was very eager to experience it. So, I decided to
learn more about humanism and invited a few other friends to start
learning about it with me.
We began meeting regularly, at least
once a week in order to discuss humanist topics and exchange ideas
regarding how we can practice humanism in our day to day lives. I found
it amazing how discovering humanism could open you up to all the little
things you could do in your daily life in order to make the world a
better place. By adopting humanism, I became more conscious of how I
treated other people, animals, and the environment. I became more aware
of how everything in nature is interconnected and how the things that I
do everyday could impact the kind of life my future children will have.
As I was browsing the internet one day, I came across some p90x reviews
and suddenly a light bulb lit up inside my head. Again, I realized how
everything is interconnected. I realized that in order to continue
upholding humanism, I needed to be in perfect health.
I brought this up during one of our
regular meetings and my friends echoed the realization that I had.
Ensuring that one is in good health is important when trying to make the
world a better place. It’s actually pretty obvious when you think about
it, because how can you expect to help the world when you yourself need
help because you are sick and unhealthy? So, aside from our regular
meetings, we also decided to start working out together in order to
motivate each other to remain fit and healthy. A website that we found
extremely useful for this purpose can be found right here
Posted September 25th, 2012
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tools are becoming more popular, while energy tools are dropping. With
the reputation of the værktøj has come a decrease in price that creates
them cheaper for both companies and property owners. Electric resources,
which have a motor designed in, think about much more than air
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Posted September 20th, 2012
I was talking to my Austin Chiropractor
a few weeks ago when he mentioned that he was taking the five hour
drive to Mexico for the weekend. I asked him where he was staying
and why he was going, especting to hear about some amazing deer hunting,
lake fishing, or beach spot to eat Lobster.
Instead we got into a discussion about humanism. He spends time
in Mexico, helping to give free chiropractic care to those who really
need it. I didn’t realize that certain life long problems can be
cured with almost basic chiropractic care. A good example is
Scoliosis, which can be debiliatating over time, unless you receive
care. Given that Northern Mexico has less than 100 trained and
licensed chiropractors for every one million residents, I think it is
pretty easy to see that getting those people some help is a worthy
Posted September 14th, 2012
Mr Eric Pickles is right about a lot of things however I’m
afraid I’d disagree with his last statements printed in the Daily
telegraph. Just for information, Mr Pickles is a secretary for
state in the British Government – recognisable by being rather
overweight. The statements were regarding his belief that Britain
is a Christian country and we should recognise that freedom of religion
has been undermined by aggressive secularism particularly in the public
I think the main reason I disagree is because he’s simply wrong, the
proportion of the British people who are practising Christains isvery
small – it’s certainly no where near a majority in any sense of the
word. In fact the latest survey shows that more than 50% of the
population sees itself as non-religious. the evidence is all
around not withstanding a quick look in a church on a Sunday morning.
I can count on the fingers of one hand my friends who are religious
and experiences show that they are not a atheist skewed sample either. I
recently picked up my kids from Boy Scouts and at the end of the
session the scout master does a few prayers. All the scouts bow
their heads of course and pray along – but I looked at the assembled
parents waiting and not a single one joined in or even bowed their
For a minister to try and force his Christian beliefs on us and our
public sector is not Mr Pickles job. Religious groups and leaders
have way to much say in all factors of our society based on their actual
followings. Some of us value reason and evidence in our public sector
and we certainly expect fairness and a secularist outlook in our
politicians whatever their personal beliefs.
If you would like to see more from the interview with Mr Pickles you
can see clips on the BBC website for a little while longer. For
those of you who are fortunate enough to live outside the UK in a place
where the sun shines occasionally then you’ll need to use something to
hide your IP address. This web site shows how to watch the BBC Iplayer from abroad, it’s quick and easy to use although unfortunately does require some investment.
Posted September 9th, 2012
Humanism is being misinterpreted or misunderstood by many
people most of the time. This is because the scope of humanism is so
broad that its definitions vary. That is why most people would easily
equate Humanism to Atheism, which is not always the case. Let’s take a
look at the differences between these two philosophies.
Humanism is defined as an intellectual approach that considers
humanity more important than anything else, particularly divine matters.
This philosophy is all about the purpose of life, the maximization of
individual developments as well as the society, the worth of every human
being and the full use of human intellect, skills and even resources.
to learn more about Humanism. Atheism on the other hand is the
philosophy that rejects all divine beings and religious beliefs. Simply
put, Atheism is the rejection of the existence of God.
So does this mean that Humanists are also Atheists? Well, that really
depends on the person. Humanists don’t necessary reject religion. In
fact, they are open to the idea that other people have and believe in a
God. There are even humanists who are actually involved in a religion;
although they don’t consider themselves as devoted followers or holy
whatsoever. Humanists simply believe that we human beings are on our own
here on this world. They believe that even if there is really a God, He
or She has nothing to do with what we are, what we can do, what we want
to believe or what we can accomplish if life. Say for example you want
to lose weight. To accomplish your goal, you need to do everything; do
exercises, eat healthy food, follow strict diet programs and so on. This
is very achievable; just take a look at this site: http://www.workoutequipmentreviews.net/incredible-insanity-workout-results-for-women-who-try-it/. The point is, humanism is all about the improving life by doing what needs to be done.
Humanists believe that we are responsible for our own lives and that a
God is not there to make things better. Atheists on the other hand
completely don’t believe in the existence or even the goodness of God.
Atheists also believe that there is no such thing as a heaven or a hell.
Atheists also don’t acknowledge the credits given to God for all the
good things that are happening in the whole world. In short, atheists do
not recognize that there is somebody up there who is responsible for
However, this does not necessary make atheists as bad people. They
simple don’t believe that there is God, that’s all. When it comes to
religion, humanists are easier to converse with compared to atheists.
This is because humanists respect the right of other people to believe
in a God. Atheists would not accept any arguments regarding God. They
would simply get ridiculed with the idea of God. So that answers the
question “Are humanists also atheists?” It is not always the case, but
it is very possible.
If you’re a hard-working person, you may not give much thought to
fashion. But other people notice what you’re wearing, even if you don’t.
Therefore, you need to start paying attention to what you look like
when you leave the house. Don’t know what to wear? Keep reading for some
fashion tips and Tegl Tag that
you can use anytime. When you are shipping for a new outfit, avoid
purchasing clothes that aren’t flattering, even if they are in style.
Take a few friends along with you on your shopping trip, and try on a
few outfits before you purchase anything. The same advice works for
shoes; even if they are the perfect match for your outfit, take a walk
in them first to make sure they are comfortable. Do not wear your hair
too dark if you have lighter skin and/or lighter eyes. While darker hair
looks nice on people that have darker eyes and skin tones, it will only
make you look washed out. If you must darken your hair, put some
streaks in it in order to brighten them up.
Only buy clothes that are flattering to
your figure. Do not think that you must have every fashion trend that is
available, even if it does not look good on you. No matter how trendy
an item is, if it is not flattering to your figure, don’t consider
buying it. Enjoy the fur trend without spending a lot of money. Fur is
huge in the world of fashion right now, but genuine fur can be very
expensive. Tegl Tag is a great way to get in on the
trend without breaking the bank. It also has the added benefit of being
humane. Select clothing that is appropriate for your age and the event
you are attending. If you are outfitted in clothing that is for people
younger or older than you, you will lose the effect you want. Also, if
you do not consider the venue, you may stand out in an unpleasant way.
You want to look fabulous, but not stick out.
Dress for your body type. Take the time
to understand your shape, and how to use clothes to enhance your natural
assets. Women that know how to work with their body, instead of hiding
it, are the ones people notice when they walk into a room. Be proud of
your shape, and work with it to boost your fashion esteem. Don’t buy
clothes that don’t fit you, vowing to yourself that you’ll “get into
them”. While it’s an admirable goal, it rarely works out that way. The
vast majority of women never do “get into them”, and just end up wasting
money on sometimes expensive clothing. Tegl Tag first;
then go shopping. Even if you aren’t paying attention to your fashion
look, you can be assured that everyone else is. Take these tips and
apply them to your own wardrobe so that you can do everything you need
to in order to look great. You’ll discover your life is fuller when your
wardrobe looks better as well.
Wine is one of the few alcoholic
beverages which has a history which predates any of our major religions.
Perhaps it is that long history of alcohol which helped make the
drink so ingrained in human culture that new religions couldn’t think of
deleting it from what they do on a regular basis. Perhaps it’s
something else altogether, but all I know if that religion is steeped in
history, some of it revolving around wine. As an example, the guy
who owns my wine of the month club
is Catholic. He mentioned that not only was Jesus’ first miracle
turning water in wine (a good trick to impress people to be sure) but
also that the blood of Jesus is shown as wine in Sunday Eucharist.
That’s a lot of history and makes me think how other relgions
either acept alcohol, or dismiss it completely. It’s an
interesting discussion because of the dichotomy of the history of
alcohol in the church as well as the hundreds of thousands of people who
abuse alcohol daily.
Where do you stand?
Wel lto be honest I really hate faith based schools despite
what many people think. Governments seem to think the more Faith
based schools we have the better. I do confess that there are
quite a few near me who have a very decent reputation for delivering
very good results. However it should also be remembered that any school
which is selective can achieve decent results.
Think about it, many faith schools interview both children and
parents. You’re not going to get the huge number of ’laissez
faire’ parents in this situation. In my vicinity I know at least
three families pretending to be religious so that they can get their
kids into popular faith based schools. Any where that can be this
selective is bound to achieve better results – the school wil be getting
well behaved kids from motivated parents.
But always remember that their is an agenda with a faith school.
The Church of any religion know that their very basis of survival
depends upon attracting new converts. That’s what it boils down to
for me – these schools exist to convert children to specific religions.
They will teach most subjects impartially but there are obviously
problems with some beliefs.
It’s impossible to tie up creationism with known facts of the world
ye there are Faith schools that teach this stuff. I’m all for
religious education but it should include all religions not just the
powerful sponsers. RE is a fascinating subject when taught with a
historical bent – there are heaps of stories about saints like St John the Evangelist which are fascinating when explained objectionally.
Religion is very problematic,
just like hair. We all have certain body hairs that are really stubborn
and unnecessary. They even grow up the next day even if we only shaved
yesterday. There are so many unproven things that religious people
believe in. Some of these religious people would even go far in
defending their religious affiliations by calling non-believers as “sent
by the devil” or “Satan’s ally”. What these religious people need is a
“hair removal” device. Hair removal devices eliminate unwanted hair,
they keep the skin silky smooth, they protect the skin from the heat of
the sun and they make a person more beautiful and confident. So hair
removal devices basically offer good things. Read Tria Laser Hair Removal reviews to learn more about this amazing invention.
The “hair removal” that religious people
need is Humanism. More and more people are now switching from a certain
religious affiliation to Humanism. Some were ex-Christians; others were
Muslims, Jews and others. Humanism is becoming more acceptable in our
society today. People are now more open to the idea that religion is not
everything. Humanists are even open to the reality that there are
people who prefer having a religion.
But who really are the real humanists?
Or what are the beliefs or qualities that make a humanist a “real” and
devoted humanist? Here are some of the things that a real humanist
1. A real humanist believes that we only
live once. There is no second life and there is no afterlife. Our lives
depend on how we make it. If we want to live our lives to the fullest,
then it is our choice. If we need to accomplish goals, then we must be
willing to do whatever it takes to achieve them. Human beings are
responsible for their own lives, whether we make it good or just wait
for it to become good.
2. A real humanist does not believe in
God. A humanist doesn’t believe that there is a God who makes our lives
easy, comfortable or even horrible. Although a real humanist may not
believe in God, he or she respects the rights of others to believe in a
God or have a religion.
3. A real humanist may not believe in
God or religion, but he/she strongly believes that people should be nice
to each other. Humanists also believe that people should help one
another, make life better, contribute to the community and promote
peace. Humanists believe that when people work together, things would be
a lot easier.
4. A real humanist has an open mind. He
or she considers both the right and wrong point of views of other
people. He or she is proud for what she really is and he/she will do
anything to make his/her life. A real humanist is not afraid to voice
out his concerns or thoughts, but he is also respectful of what others
have to say or think.
5. A real humanist believes in the
present and in the future. If he wants to improve his/her life, then now
is the right time. He or she believes that your past does not necessary
define your future. There are always room for improvements. All of us
have all the chances to prove our worth.
Visit this website to learn how to become a good humanist.
What is green energy and how can
it help the human race in general? well basicly it is a way to power our
vehicles, electronics and other items, without hurting the environment
in the process. This article will outline some tips and tricks on how to
harness the power you need for everyday activities, without hurting the
planet in the process. Keep passive Solceller
energy in mind when building or remodeling a home. Passive solar homes
collect sunlight through specially-designed roofs, walls, windows, and
flooring. Passive solar energy ranges from having windows angled to
collect southern sun exposure to homes that are heated entirely with the
use of the sun. Look up different websites and see what green
technology is available that you can purchase. You can find things like
batteries that run off of solar energy or items for your household that
run off of Solceller energy. You’d be
surprised at just how advanced folks have become with green technology
these days and hopefully more and more companies will switch to green
energi to help save the enviroment and in the long run the human race.
If you live in an area where the exposure
to the sun and wind is not very important, you should get a hybrid
electricity system. This system will rely on wind or solar energy
depending on the season or the time of day. You will also benefit from
the security of a generator in case there is no sun or wind. If you have
a swimming pool, you can save a lot of money by using solar energy to
heat the water. Solceller heating systems are
not more expensive than other solutions and are easier to maintain.
These systems also work for your outdoor hot tub. This is probably the
best use of solar power. One way to help with reducing energy is by
using solar panels in your home. Solar energy harnesses the power from
the sun which is then used to provide energy to things like getting hot
water, drying clothes and keeping your home warm during the winter. Solceller energy is also pollution free and helps to lower the carbon footprint along with other greenhouse gases and terrible emissions.
Support your local green energy providers
by purchasing energy from them. You can check online to see if any of
your local energy providers sell wind, hydro, or solar energy. By
switching from the standard energy, you will send a message to your
provider; you prefer cleaner energy. You will also be support the
development of green energy in your area. Green energy does not have to
be high tech. There are plenty of low-tech practices you can employ in
your home that utilize green energy. Use the passive solar energy in
your home for heating and cooling. Knowing when to let the sun shine and
and when to block it out and save you hundreds of dollars a year on
your utilities and solceller. Now it’s up to you to take what you’ve
learned here and put it to use. Keep these tips handy and continue to
seek out more information. Soon, you’ll be able to run everything you
need, from the washing machine to your car, in an environmentally
responsible manner and that will feel great!
We all want a better life. We all desire a
close-to-perfection kind of life. One of our main goals in life is to
have a more convenient way of living. A life that is easy, a life that
has everything we need. We all want to dwell in somewhere like the
Garden of Eden, only a more modern one.
There are a lot of inventions these days. If you frequently watch Discovery Channel or
the like, you’ll realize that there are new inventions every now and
then. We have the most modern smartphones, the best home appliances, the
most high-tech rides and many more. These innovations may differ in a
lot of ways, but they have one main purpose; and that is to make life
better. These inventions are there to make life a lot easier. Who
wouldn’t want a more convenient life, right? But the inventions don’t
stop there. In fact, man still continues to find ways to make life even
better than what it is already.
Man did not stop when he invented the first television. Man did not
stop when he built the first car. Man did not stop when he created the
first mobile phone. Man never stopped; in fact he even went further. All
these developments are because of man’s desire for a better life. These
changes are all part of the betterment of life. Without these changes,
we would still be on the telephone era. If man was satisfied with the
CRT Television, we wouldn’t have the flat screens or LCD TVs right now.
If man was contented with the first inventions, then we wouldn’t have
all of the best gadgets/equipment right now.
Even up to this very day, the latest and newest technologies are also
constantly being developed. We have new cellphones, new beauty products
such as this year’s break through home hair removal kit which you can
read about in these no no hair removal reviews.
The reason new technologies are being developed all the time is because
man wants and certainly needs changes. Changes that would make life
even better. Changes that wouldn’t only benefit the present generation,
but also the future generations as well.
say that failure comes first before success. An individual needs to
experience defeat first before he can enjoy being successful. We can all
agree that success doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of time to
achieve a certain goal. We need to work ready hard in order to have a
good thing about us is that we don’t easily give up. We will do
anything in our capabilities to achieve the goals we have. If we fail on
the first try, on the second try or on the nth try, that won’t still be
enough reason to give everything up. If we want to achieve something,
we need to have a lot of perseverance, do a lot hard work and be very
dedicated in what we are doing. Just like in losing weight. If you read
the comments left at the bottom of this insanity workout review,
you will learn that people still need to do their very best and not
only rely on the equipment. Yes, there are means to do things easily,
but it should not be a reason to be irresponsible.
you often experience failure, then maybe you are not giving your all.
Try do give your best and you’ll see the difference. Most of the
successful famous people did a lot of things before they achieved their
successes. Most of them even had the worst times in their lives. But
those did not stop them from fulfilling their goals. Read about the most
inspirational success stories here.
we want to achieve something good like success, we need to be very
meticulous in whatever we are doing. There is a time for work and for
play time. There is time for other things, but work should just be
work. We can still have fun while doing the most important things in
is what we make it. If you don’t do anything, then expect nothing. If
you do your best to fulfill your dreams, then you will definitely be
rewarded. Failure may just be that one step before you can experience
success. Never give up. Never surrender. And never let anybody tell you
that you can’t do this or that. You know your capabilities. You are your
I became a member of a cheap wine club the other night in a rather unusual way. I attended a charity event for my son’s school.
Part of our ticket price included a brief, three pour wine tasting.
Of course, if you bought any additional pours during the event, or
paid for a few bottles to take home, then the wine club made a donation
back to the school.
I’m not the biggest wine drinker in the world, but giving 20% of my
purchase back to the school was a nice gesture to be sure. I
already spend $150 a month or so on wine, why not let some of that money
go back towards my son if I spent it either way?
There was a time when the internet was a little like the Wild
West. Largely unfettered, it was unruly, confusing but most of
all great fun. In the early 90s you would probably have a wide
variety of different applications needed to find information not just
your browser. We had Archie, Gopher, Telnet and Free agent all
for finding files, accessing newsgroups and accessing bulletin boards.
There was no doubt stuff was harder to find but you rarely found
yourself locked out of anywhere.
Nowadays it’s changed rather, we are forever being blocked or
filtered when using the internet. Of course if you live in a
country like Iran or some of the Middle East countries it would come as
no great surprise to find yourself being blocked. The internet is
much, much smaller in those countries and you’ll find getting a warning
page instead of the site you requested an everyday occurence.
In general the worst the record on democracy and free speech – the
smaller the internet will be in that particular country.
Needless to say I wouldn’t bother surfing the world wide web in
North Korea cause you won’t find it.
But it’s not just despotic and backward leaders which are filtering
access. For example did you know that you are unable to watch the
wonderful BBC Iplayer if you’re outside the United Kingdom. It’s
blocked based on your country although it is quite easy to bypass –
check this page out whcih explains how to use proxies and VPNs based in
the UK to watch the BBC - http://www.anonymous-proxies.org/2009/02/using-iplayer-abroad-viewing-bbc-via.html.
The page explains how people are using these programs to again bypass
all these filters and make the internet a freer place again. I’m
not sure about you but I’d rather make my own decisions on what I should
be allowed to do online. If it’s illegal then fine arrest me – if
not then stop blocking, filtering and snooping on me when I’m online !!
Man has always wanted perfection ever since
the beginning of time. From the ancient years to the present time, the
quest for perfection is still one of man’s goals. With so many
developments already, man is still not satisfied. He still wants to do
more ambitious things. Send man to the moon? Done that. Wireless
communication system? Almost perfect. Exploring the universe? Still
exploring. These are just some of the things that man has already done,
yet they still need to be developed. We have made so many inventions
already, but that doesn’t mean man should stop there.
Speaking of developments, there are so many things
that man have done already. We have made our gadgets smaller. We
have made our vehicles faster and more efficient. We have improved our
buildings. These are great accomplishments yet we still want more. We
still have to improve this amazing inventions and innovations.
Is the quest for perfection or development a good
or bad thing? It can be both. Development is a good thing. People will
benefit from the technological developments. The bad part of development
is the irresponsibility of man. We may have these improvements in life,
but we are not taking care of our resources. We strive to make life
more and more comfortable but we don’t focus on preserving our natural
resources. As human beings, we have the responsibility to protect the
interest of the future generations. We may have the greatest
developments, but if we don’t take good care of what resources we have
right now, then what will the future use? What will our grandchildren
We can have all the technological advancements we
want but it is also our job to make our world a better place for
everybody. I have read in the latest tria laser hair removal reviews
that Tria beauty currently makes the best hair removal device on the
market today. So I thought, if a company has the capability to create a
very effective device, then it can also do something to take care of its
resources. This should be one of the main goals of any corporation out
there. To be able to contribute to technological advancements and at the
same time to contribute to the betterment of our planet. Betterment in a
sense that it can be new again. Protect our mother earth and it will
protect and provide for us. Humanism may be all about man’s contribution
to the world, but without natural resources these contributions will be
worthless. For the news and information about how we can help out
Mother Earth, visit EcoFriend.com.
Do your part. Be a responsible human being.
I think anyone who has ever been to a church service at a
Christian church knows that wine plays a role in a number of Biblical
stories as well as rituals. One of Jesus’ first miracles was
turning water into wine as well.
That background should help to show why this site giving out wine gifts delivered
chooses to give a percentage of their sales to a charity of your
choice. In the tradition of the church, they give to help the
poor. That’s a good thing isn’t it?
The religious point of view is perhaps the oldest perception
humanity has of the world and its workings. We started out a virtual
blank sheet – knowing nothing but what was nutritious, thirst quenching
and how to procreate. As we ventured further into knowledge and leanrt
to use tools, make fire, understand symbols we moved away from
ignorance. Still there was a lot that could not be explained, especially
with a rudimentary language. Religion filled in the gaps – it explained
genesis, purpose, the movement of the seasons. Art in cave paintings
shows how early man looked for luck and tried to propitate the gods with
drawings of animals they wanted to kill for food and furs.
You can follow any strain of scientific knowledge and how it leads to
man controlling his environment more and believing in supernatural
entities less. Take carbon for instance. Petroleum was used ot build the
walls of Babylon. Charcoal was used by the ancient Egyptians as fuel
and as medicine. And then there was the Dark Ages where religion ruled
and education was limited. Not until 1375 when the first diamond cutters
guild was formed does any carbon related advances occur. In 1560 the
pencil was invented.
In the Eighteenth Century scientific enquiry was flourishing thanks
to the earlier enlightenment. It was during this time that it was
discovered that diamond and graphite were forms of carbon.
During the industrial revolution carbon was at the heart of all
progress. It was coal that provided the fuel for early locomotion.
Carbon based fuels improved along with engines. Designers and engineers
were suddenly in demand to find new ways to harness the power from
And the story of carbon
goes forward to the Twenty-first Century where we stand on the verge of
a breakthrough in nanotechnology – a technology largely engendered
through the discovery of the C60 round molecule.
While religion hasn’t gone away it is more threatened by ever by the
progress of science and technology. The gaps where divinity can inhabit
are getting smaller and smaller. The rationale for being religious is
becoming more and more reliant on the catch-all nature of ’belief’. When
we solve the carbon emissions problem and the end of the world doesn’t
arrive it will be another blow for superstition.
I’m a member of a few wine clubs
and after taking a trip to Europe, which admittedly was largely
inspired by the wines I drink on a regular basis, I stopped to think
that that type of cultural exchange is probably pretty common in the
wine industry. While the wine industry is based largely in
California, you meet an incredible amount of people who are either from,
or have lived in, Europe for some time. For those of us who
consider ourselves humanists, that cultural exchange is one really good
aspect of the wine industry.