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 Davis Jacobson on September 25, 2010 at 10:29am
Sarah, why can't you legally volunteer in the US? Anyone who agrees with the material at is encouraged to register as a Bright, and the pins and t-shirts are available at the CafePress store. I don't know that a person who showed up and volunteered to take a shift at the local homeless shelter would be turned away just because she was a recent immigrant....
Comment by Bud Martin on September 25, 2010 at 9:46am
All opinions welcome. ("Ignorance is the greatest evil.") See: co27DOTus. "Been there, done that ... ."
Comment by Sarah Walton on September 25, 2010 at 9:33am
The Brights movement works in a similar way to Dawkins' OUT Campaign; it relies on the people within it to step forward and identify themselves as a Bright, or bright, or atheist or what have you.

In my short experience with the Brights (though I have been aware of the movement for a number of years, I've found they are as much about creating visibility for people with naturalistic and humanistic world views as they are about civic action (indeed, in this movement, one relies on the other).

As soon as I can legally volunteer in the US, I do plan on wearing a Bright's t-shirt or pin. :)
Comment by Davis Jacobson on September 25, 2010 at 9:19am
Lofty goals, Bud. But since the Brights are a constituency _of individuals_ that requires individuals to step forward to arrange things. If you and one other volunteered at a local soup kitchen and called yourselves Brights while doing it, that would be "constructive altruism by individuals joined in a continuum", no? And the civic goals of the Brights Network would be advanced by the example you set by doing so.
Comment by Bud Martin on September 24, 2010 at 9:12pm
Constructive altruism by self-aware individuals joined in a continuum.
Comment by Davis Jacobson on September 24, 2010 at 7:15pm
@Sarah Walton: Yes, I am. I am known there as Militant Bright. Lately, lots more discussion happening at the Forums than here.

@Charles Zorn: Hey, Charles! Are you one of those Guests I see lurking around? Thanks for keeping the New York group working. What have you all been up to lately, aside from what's obvious at the Meetup group?

@Bud: I am not a founder, but I have some small involvement in the Brights. I would grant that we do promote a certain style of engagement, and have a few projects, but beyond that, the Brights are a vehicle for collaboration among individual brights who seek to collaborate. BTW, bright != Mensa alternative! Our constituency is diverse, and united only by naturalistic worldviews and (presumably_ a concern for social and civic fairness. What is it that you had hoped to achieve with the Brights?
Comment by Bud Martin on September 24, 2010 at 6:11pm
As one of the initial contributors to the "Brights" (that I thought at the time a needed alternative to Mensa), I soon found that organization a vehicle for its originators. It was ever thus ... .
Comment by Charles Alexander Zorn on September 24, 2010 at 4:52pm
Me! I am! I have been running New York Brights for a couple of years. I am distracted by grad school so I don't comment very much but I track the entire spectrum of our community and disseminate info. ravenously.

Bright Cheers Evolving (BCE),
Comment by Sarah Walton on September 24, 2010 at 4:41pm
Hi everyone! I'm also a member of the Brights' forums. Anyone else a member of both? Wherever I end up talking to you, I'll talk to you later! :)
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 5, 2010 at 8:36am
Secular Believers
The film Secular Believers provides an example of how secular beliefs can be included in a religious education syllabus.
It was made for the UK education system and its message is that beliefs, and believers, come in many shapes and sizes, and not all of them can be described as ‘religious’.
"Many religious people think that a secular society is a good thing, because it offers freedom of choice to everybody."

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