The Brights

Think about your own worldview to decide if it is free of supernatural or mystical deities, forces, and entities. If you decide that you fit the description above, then you are, by definition, a bright!

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What is a Bright?

* A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview
* A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements
* The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview

* We promote the civic understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic worldview, which is free of supernatural and mystical elements.
* We gain public recognition that persons who hold such a worldview can bring principled actions to bear on matters of civic importance.
* We educate society toward accepting the full and equitable civic participation of all such individuals.

Daniel Dennett talks about the Brights movement.

"Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have." -Penn Jillette, active Bright of "Penn and Teller" fame

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Discussion Forum

Demon Possession, the Apostle Paul, and Epilepsy

Started by Mark D. Zima. Last reply by Bill_Hicks_Worshipper Aug 21, 2014. 4 Replies

On my YouTube channel, I am beginning a series of videos exploring the hypothesis that the visions, hyper-religiosity, dramatic religious conversion, and perhaps even hypo-sexuality, of the Apostle…Continue

Tags: hyper-religiosity, epilepsy, hypo-sexuality, religiosity, visions

The Name "Brights"...

Started by MarkFL. Last reply by Reason Being Feb 14, 2012. 92 Replies

By definition I am a bright. However, I hate the name. Why are Brights not naturalists, which is more descriptive, accurate, and less cocky sounding. Where does the term come from and why do people…Continue

The Brights logo is interesting...

Started by Limber Lightfoot. Last reply by House Oct 27, 2011. 21 Replies

Hi All, Am I the only person who recognises the logo for this group as being very similar to the Egyptian Amarna period artistic representations of the sun god, the aten, around 1350BC. …Continue

Is anyone else going to the rally?

Started by Apeman Jim. Last reply by Charles Alexander Zorn Oct 28, 2010. 4 Replies

John Stewart is hosting a rally at the Capital Mall. I think it will be a lot of fun!   Continue

Brights Movement reported in Sacramento local paper.

Started by Davis Jacobson. Last reply by Davis Jacobson Aug 5, 2010. 1 Reply

The Brights Movement was featured in a Sacramento local paper.  There is a ton of good stuff in the article!<b>Feature Story</b> (link)The Bright sideIs atheism going mainstream? One…Continue

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Comment by Rick on May 22, 2011 at 5:28pm

  I’m really ticked off now…..BIG TIME!

Last night I expected all the “rapture”  yahoo’s to be gone.  All I expected to find was a bunch

of clothes, empty house, apartments, mobile homes and the like.  Cars just left on the street with the keys in them.

I had planned to go out looting. I was gonna clean up with the cash they left behind, their valuables, jewels, precious metals, silverware, electronics and the such.


I even had a SHOPPING LIST!

And I had a list of things my friends wanted…..  Of course, there were some prescription meds certain friends wanted me to get for them…. And some things that weren’t prescription as well….

It only goes to show you, you can’t trust these “rapture” clowns….

Sigh……..back to clipping coupons….

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on April 22, 2011 at 10:32am


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Comment by Bwambale Robert on April 1, 2011 at 4:16pm
If today wasn't fools day then i would say Bye Bye to turn back to the world of spirits and souls, in other words you intend to go back to the mythical world. Its only the blind in the mind that can change their minds and denounce Atheism. Its such a nice life instance that suits Humanity!.
Comment by Edward Teach on February 20, 2011 at 1:34pm
Hmmm... never realized that I'm a Bright!
Comment by Davis Jacobson on February 19, 2011 at 12:34pm
I see a lot of people registering here; how many of us have also registered as Brights at the website ?  It would be nice if people would say what they're up to!  What's your local situation?  Are you taking any action "as a bright"?
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on December 28, 2010 at 1:41pm

3 items of interest to free thinkers:

Your Brain: A User's Guide

New books "Self Comes to Mind" and "On Second Thought" examine the origins of consciousness, and the unconscious pulls that influence our behavior.

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2004NR 60 minutes available on

Director David Lebrun's animated documentary film examines the work of ERNST HAECKEL, the German biologist-artist who dedicated his life to finding and documenting the connection between the disparate worlds of art and science. Drawing on Haeckel's fascinating lithographs of the tiny undersea organisms called radiolarian, Lebrun's poetic film brings the biologist's visions to life and further explores the artistry of the natural world. Haeckel was a naturalist and an artist who became a champion for the theory of evolution. He adhered to a philosophy of "Natural Mysticism" the idea that the essence or spirit of "God"  permeated all life whether single cell organisms to humans -- something non-theists would probably call physics or chemistry.
    Documentary, Science and Nature Documentaries, Art & Design
See also the external links at the bottom of Wikipedia page.

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The Fixation of Belief
Charles S. Peirce
Popular Science Monthly 12 (November 1877), 1-15.

"If liberty of speech is to be untrammeled from the grosser forms of constraint, then uniformity of opinion will be secured by a moral terrorism to which the respectability of society will give its thorough approval. Following the method of authority [reason] is the path of peace. "

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Charles Sanders Peirce (C.S. Peirce) (1839-1914), American logician, mathematician, scientist, philosopher, founder of pragmatism

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 28, 2010 at 11:54am
Why Religious Believers Are So Desperate for the Atheist Seal of Approval

Many religious believers are intent on getting atheists' approval for their beliefs. If you're hoping for that -- don't hold your breath.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2010 at 11:55am
My teeth and gums are still recovering from my clinched jaw. One can't teach or heal stupid, yet many believe as he.
Comment by Davis Jacobson on November 11, 2010 at 7:04am
That's horrifying!

I'm stealing your link to post in the Forum.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 10, 2010 at 9:33pm
'The planet won't be destroyed by global warming because God promised Noah,' says politician bidding to chair U.S. energy committee

By Mail Foreign Service
10th November 2010
A Republican congressman hoping to chair the powerful House Energy Committee refers to the Bible and God on the issue of global warming.

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