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The 42nd Humanist Symposium is here!

The 42nd Humanist Symposium is ready to read over at The Greenbelt. I have an older piece in there on Diversity and there are contributions from authors all over the web on a wide range of topics from atheism to torture and sex to common sense. Is 42 really the answer to life the universe and everything? You’ll just have to see for yourself! Don’t forget that you can submit your articles to the Humanist Symposium blog carnival or offer to host an edition.


Some more shout outs

It’s time I made some long overdue updates to my blogroll. there are some interesting folks I’d like you to meet.

Alms for Ashes is the new blog from another young british atheist who was a founding member of the National Federation for Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS). Under the name Mennochio he expounds his thoughts on atheism, skepticism and social critique. Enjoy.

Samantha Stein is the founder and director for Camp Quest UK. After volunteering for Camp Quest Michigan in 2007, Samantha decided it would be a good idea to bring the idea to the UK. The first Camp Quest UK successfully took place this year and attracted a lot of media interest. This is but the first step to atheist superstardom…

Andrew West was the man of the hour on the Atheist Plinth who taught a ragtag bunch of atheists, humanists and passersby the choreography to ‘Thriller’ as a celebration of atheism and dance. He studies photography and is currently the official photographer for the Brtish Humanist Association. Keep an eye out for his upcoming projects.

The Atheist Plinth

On Sunday 4th August, the Atheist Bus Campaign moved onto the next level. As part of the One and Other project, excellent photographer for the British Humanist Association and all around nice guy Andrew West took an original atheist bus sign onto the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square and taught the assembled crowd the choreography for the Michael Jackson song Thriller as a celebration of atheism and dance. I was lucky enough to be there and experience the thrill first-hand.

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And here comes another one

Today I was pleased to discover the appearance of the new humanist blog ‘Time Out of Mind‘. This latest offering comes from Stuart, former president of the Edinburgh University Humanist Society and Penicuik’s finest rock’n’roll skeptic. Stuart promises to apply his sparkling wit and skills of reasoning to any preposterous and mighty claims which come his way. Should be a good read.

Welcome Stuart!

Why the pope is wrong about men and women

Last December, Pope Benedict XVI caused great controversy when he gave an address stating that homosexuality and modern theories of gender were as great a threat to mankind as the destruction of the rainforests. I would like to talk about the comments on gender. He said that it is not “out-of-date metaphysics” to “speak of human nature as ‘man’ or woman'” and appealed to the “language of creation”. I’m presuming that the Pope is in part referring to the common assumption that, biologically speaking, the differences between the sexes are clear cut and binary. It turns out that this assumption is completely wrong and biological sex is much more complex than that.

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