Jennifer Hancock's Blog (5)

Atheism isn't enough - and it isn't very satisfying

I'm an atheist. Have been since I stopped being agnostic when i was a teen. I went through a 2 week existential depression and realized,  nope, don't believe and that was that. I literally cannot imagine what it is like to believe in supernaturalism never having experienced that with the exception of some dabbling with a ouiga board while a tween. 

I'm not shy about my atheism. It's part of who I am and part of my philosophical development. And that's key = it's part of my…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on April 26, 2016 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

Why Humanism should matter to atheists



There is a lot of confusion about Humanism within the atheist community.

First, not everyone knows what it is. Those that do often think of it as a form of atheism. Some people think of Humanism as a nice way to say you are an atheist without triggering the negativity association with the word…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on April 12, 2016 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Humanism and Self Help - Mutually Exclusive?

Self help has a bad reputation within the secular community. And for good reason. Much of what passes for self help is woo. 



Psuedo-science non-science causes real harm. But that doesn't mean Humanists should shy away from providing self help to people.

100s of millions of people look for help in the self help market each year. They need help on everything from depression and divorce to motivation and leadership skills. By ignoring their needs we:

1) Fail to…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on March 15, 2016 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Diffrerent paths to Humanism

I don't hide my Humanism. I have learned over the years of being out that I do harm by hiding my values.  People want and need to learn about this secular philosophy, so every time we hide our humanism and talk about something else, we prevent these people from finding a philosophic home that will not only help them live better, but it will allow them to finally through off the last vestiges of religious thought. 



There are a lot of different ways people come to Humanism. Some…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on March 8, 2016 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Not preaching to the choir

So, here we are in our nexus, discussing things that interest us and I wanted to post something about the need to not preach to the choir.  We all know that we don't believe, but how do we reach the folks who also don't believe but don't care enough about the fact they don't believe to get involved?  Does it even matter?



Of course, we all think it matters, otherwise we wouldn't be actively involved in groups that express and promote our non-belief.  We are almost all passionate…

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Added by Jennifer Hancock on February 5, 2011 at 11:02am — 2 Comments

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