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28 November 2006 @ 09:05 pm
Links and Musing  
I have registered as a Bright (hence new iconage). Kinda-sorta a group, kinda-sorta not. I'll be interested to see if "Brights" really does become part of the contemporary vernacular.

Camp Quest: this looks like a fun place to send our as-yet-nonexistent progeny. There, and Space Camp. Only if he/she wants to go, of course. I shan't be the type of parent to impose activities upon my kid.

Rifftrax! Remy and I bought the Star Trek V one on Sunday. Not the best MSTing ever, but it was entertaining, definitely worth getting. We'd like to check out some of the others.

Here are some funny voice impersonations, used to advertise a jockey on a Canadian radio station. The Star Trek-related ones are, by far, the best.

We've begun watching Cosmos, which is fantastic. Coincidentally, it's the ten-year anniversary of Carl Sagan's passing. The fanciful part of me imagines that he's not really dead, but roaming through time and space in that nifty dandelion-seed ship. Kinda like Nikolai Tesla- who is most assuredly not dead, but gallavanting about in his TARDIS.

The world really needs more people like Carl.
zra42 on November 29th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Re: Brights
Back in the 80's and 90's people called it Secular Humanism. I'm not sure that a snappier name will give the movement more traction...
Miusherimiusheri on November 29th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: Brights
((Let's try that again, this time with proper spelling ;) ))

They're trying not only to appeal to the secular humanists, but also atheists, agnostics, naturalists, skeptics, freethinkers, etc- get them united under a common terminology that a) isn't defined as simply a lack/negation of some other principle (ex. "godless," "faithless") and b) doesn't carry the negative connotations that some of the other labels possess. The goal is to promote public awareness and equality of naturalistic world-views, which, in today's society, are still not accepted in the mainstream (a sadly small percentage of American people would elect an atheist to political office, even if they considered him/her a good candidate otherwise).

It might work, it might not. The hope is to imitate the success of the term "gay" as applied to homosexuals. It's not even certain how that term came into common use- whether it was pushed or it just happened by accident- but hey, can't learn 'til you try ;)
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policyt3knomanser on November 29th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: Brights
Mind you, there's nothing wrong with being "faithless". I quite enjoy it.
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on November 29th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: Brights
I'm pretty happy with it meself! But, silly people and their mental associations... ;)
zra42 on November 29th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
Re: Brights
Atheism requires just as much faith as theism. I gather that you are both agnostic?
Miusherimiusheri on November 29th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Brights
For strong atheism- i.e., "I'm convinced there is no god, you can't convince me otherwise"- you're absolutely right. I'm a step below that, at de facto atheist (I think I speak for Remy here, too). i.e., "There's no compelling evidence to suggest that there is a god, and it's extremely unlikely that one does exist. For all intents and purposes, I lead my life as though god does not exist. But, if strong scientific evidence comes along to support the hypothesis, I am willing to reconsider my view."

Has to be real scientific evidence, though. No holy books, personal revelations, philosophical arguments, or anecdotes need apply ;)