Exploring the philosophies of wonder. If wonder is our foundation, what can we build upon it? Discussions of aweism also welcome.

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The natural world inspires

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 17, 2013. 5 Replies

El Cielo de Canarias / Canary sky - Tenerife from Daniel López on Vimeo.Continue

Tags: wonder, nature, Lopez, Daniel

Home: movie showing Earth through aerial photography

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 25, 2012. 0 Replies

HomeGlen Close provides voice over. Runs an hour and a half.Internationally renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand makes…Continue

Tags: Earth seen from the air

Meaningful experiences, "Spiritual" without spooks

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Steph S. Oct 13, 2012. 11 Replies

This article on Atheist Scientists being "Spiritual" ties directly into wonderism. I've been reading about…Continue

Tags: experiences, meaningful

Advantage of being Awestruck

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Jedi Wanderer Sep 15, 2012. 1 Reply


Tags: Hubble Space Telescope, evolutionary advantage, awe

Pictures communicate wonder better than text

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 4, 2012. 5 Replies

Pictures communicate anti-wonder too.Continue

Taking a Step Beyond Awe

Started by Wonderist. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 24, 2012. 5 Replies

This was originally posted in response to jrfrog's blog on Aweism. It explains one motivation for a philosophy of wonderism.…Continue

Tags: god, balance, philosophy, foundationism, unknown

Symphony of Science

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 10, 2012. 5 Replies


Tags: quantum world, evolution

Hubble images to mellow music

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Steph S. Apr 17, 2012. 2 Replies


A new level of connectedness - awsome!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 26, 2012. 1 Reply

Brian Cox explains how the Pauli Exclusion Principle relates to our connection to all of the universe.Continue

Tags: connection to the universe

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I support Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!

Blasphemy is a victimless crime. In fact, blasphemy is a worthwhile pursuit in support of human rights and freedoms.

The religious taboo against depicting the religious person Mohammed does not, and cannot, have any rational or ethical justification. The only way to 'justify' such a taboo is through ostracism, intimidation, coercion, force, and ultimately violence. None of these 'justifications' are valid. They are all founded on the principle of terror.

I reject terror, in…

Starting a local meet up? Why not?

I've had the urge to meet up with local freethinkers and atheists for a while now. But the only local group is dedicated to humanism, and weren't so much into the socializing and enjoying a stimulating conversation type of thing. Plus they only meet once a month, and I need more face-time than that.

Living in my local community, there's not much to choose from. So, finally, I just said, "What the heck, I'll start it myself." With the help of Atheist Nexus' features like easily starting…

Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone!

To avoid feeling powerless about all the crap going on in the world, I sometimes turn a blind eye to the 'news' of dreadful events. I feel some shame in that, but I have enough problems dealing with my little life, and I do what I can to promote atheism, free-thinking, reason, science, critical thought, wonder, etc.

So, I don't know all the details about what's going on in Iran, except I know it's bad bad shit and I wish it would stop, but I don't know what I can do to…

Atheist Comedian/Songwriter Tim Minchin Could Have Christmas Hit

Wouldn't it be cool to have a freethinker's song remembered as a popular Christmas song? Help spread the word. There's a chance Tim Minchin's song White Wine in the Sun could go to the UK Top 40, which would make it the first openly atheist Christmas song to do so. (It's already #67 on the UK Top 100!)

If we try…

What is wonderism?

New post summarizing and describing What is wonderism?:

"I've gotten at least a few comments from people along the lines of, "I'm still not sure what to make of wonderism." In my attempts to explain it, I find myself writing longer and longer articles, with more and more detail. Sometimes it's harder to express an idea in just a few words, than in many words! Pascal's famous quote comes to mind: "I am…

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2019 at 8:58pm

This group provides good insights, humor, questions. Let's revive it! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 30, 2012 at 8:57pm

Comment by Rich Goss on July 16, 2012 at 3:08pm

Ruth, here's my response on the same thread.  From Mirror Reversal,

To the question, is life worth living without God?


“Hey, Cynthia,” called her mother, Elizabeth, from the depths of subconscious memory, “would you care to be born?  Your father and I will love you and give you a good home.  In the vast universe you’ll be alone and insignificant, but in our loving home you’ll be important and rare. And we have enough money to lavish you with all the education your mind desires.  Through books, you’ll be able to converse with humanity’s greatest geniuses.  You’ll find that the more you learn about how you got here, the more you’ll appreciate how lucky you are to be alive.  Would you like to come to us?  We promise to love you.”

“Nah, not unless you bestow on me eternal bliss. Talk about missing the boat!  What an ungrateful position to hold.  Just the fleeting glimpse of the cosmos is enough to make life worthwhile.  Just to know it’s there, even if for the lifetime of a mayfly.  And in addition to nature’s greatest spectacle of the stars in the sky, I get sea otters teasing a polar bear and sliding down the icy mound.  My eyes get to behold a giant cloud of flamingo feathers flickering multi-hued rays of buffered light in the sunset.  And my hummingbirds!  Capricious pixies doing nature’s work of providing balance, making love to orchids, and performing aerial acrobatics for my enjoyment as they grant my primate eyes a feast of dazzling color.

“Plus I get Disney, the opera, Mozart and Beethoven, Rembrandt and Van Gogh, a career, adventure, travel, cooking, cinema, and the Internet. Plus through sex I physically touch the mammalian force that makes all the mundane chores and toil of life worthwhile more than anything else:  the moment we touch the force of all life that ever lived. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 16, 2012 at 2:23pm

Comment by Linda on December 23, 2010 at 11:58pm
Can someone please give me an anology or, even better, an example of wonderism leading to a positive outcome?
Comment by Wonderist on November 18, 2009 at 10:56pm
Hi Jeff, curiosity is another word for wonder. :-)

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