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Every Day is Earth Day

earth day every dayEvery day is Earth Day for humanists and naturalists.  But there’s no time like springtime to celebrate the earth and reflect on our relationship to the natural world.   Especially here in Minnesota.  The long-awaited changes from increased daylight and warmer temperatures are becoming more apparent every passing day.  Minnesota’s springtime rebirth brings an awareness and vitality to life that borders on the therapeutic.  Mindful observation of this cyclical change easily leads one to the philosophy of naturalism and a deeper connection to the earth itself.

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Humanists Support Literacy Effort in Guatemala

Guatemalan GirlsWhat kind of people are humanists anyway? They are people like Autumn Meta.  She's a University of Minnesota student organizing a large Spanish-language book drive to facilitate library growth and literacy efforts in Guatemala.  After an experiential learning trip to this Central American country last year, Autumn returned with a passion to do some good in that part of the world.  She's realistic and determined.  As a pragmatic humanist, she's learned that you don't have to take on the whole world as a project.  Just do some good where you can. 

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Humanist Dad to Be: Why is this a good idea again?

 

My wife and I want children, and in May, we will be welcoming our baby girl into this non-womblike world. To most people, the desire  to have kids requires no explanation. After all, our families, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers all seemed to assume a baby was forthcoming within 9 months of our wedding day. It’s a tradition passed down by, well, every single ancestor of mine that has ever existed. As Humanists, however, my wife and I don’t really consider “tradition” to be best reason to do anything, let alone go through the inevitable tough times that parenthood tends to bring about. So why do I think this is a good idea? Certainly, there has to be a logical explanation. As mentioned, I AM a Humanist after all.

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Restore the Vote!

restore the voteI was among hundreds of people at the state capitol a couple of days ago supporting the Second Chance Coalition and their work with ex-felons.  This 2015 “Day on the Hill” event was spent advocating for Restore the Vote.”  Humanists of MN has endorsed the work of this Coalition since hearing from one of their key leaders, Sarah Walker, at a chapter meeting in the fall of 2013 when they successfully lobbied for “ban the box” legislation. But why should humanists take a stand on these issues?

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Book Review: Plato at the Googleplex

Plato as talk show guestI was first moved to pick up the book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, because of other reviews I had read in The Humanist, and Free Inquiry.  Each had emphasized the dialogues that author Rebecca Goldstein had created to put Plato into the modern world, a concept that intrigued me. What I was not prepared for was the sweeping panorama she created by covering the roots of philosophical thinking, the timeless questions raised and discussed in Plato's Dialogues, and the entire historical background of the era--the eighth through the fourth centuries B.C.  

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