The Cowboy, the Lesbian, and the Humanist

by Andy Norman A cowboy walks into a saloon. He removes his dusty hat, orders a whiskey, and sinks wearily onto a stool. He downs the whiskey, looks around, and notices that an attractive woman has joined him at the bar. She looks him over and asks, “Are you a real cowboy?”  The cowboy pauses … Continue reading The Cowboy, the Lesbian, and the Humanist

Reflections on the skeptic and atheist movements

by Massimo Pigliucci Groucho Marx, one of my favorite comedians of all time, famously wrote a telegram to a Hollywood club he had joined, that said: “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” [1] I have recently considered sending such a letter to … Continue reading Reflections on the skeptic and atheist movements

Virtue Ethics: an ancient solution to a modern problem

by Peter D.O. Smith Introduction This article is neither a defense of nor an attack against either religion or secularism. It treats them as well established sociological facts and no more than that. I take them as given and argue that a greater moral good can be achieved if the two belief systems find common … Continue reading Virtue Ethics: an ancient solution to a modern problem

Why you shouldn’t make naturalism a tenet of secular humanism

by Stephen Law Introduction I recently wrote a blog post titled “Secular Humanism: DON’T define it as requiring naturalism” [1] in which I suggest that it is a strategic mistake for secular humanists (such as myself) to make naturalism a tenet of secular humanism, so that signing up to naturalism is a requirement, rather than … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t make naturalism a tenet of secular humanism

Stephen Law on humanism and naturalism

by Massimo Pigliucci This is going to be one of my “a colleague said this, I disagree, and I’m going to invite him to respond” sort of essays. This time the focus is on a recent short piece by Stephen Law, entitled “Secular Humanism: DON’T define it as requiring naturalism” [1], in which Stephen — … Continue reading Stephen Law on humanism and naturalism