Friends with benefits

I’m not surprising anyone when I say humans are a social species, both from the biological definition and from our own self-description. But it goes further than that – we’re socially-influenced and socially-dependent, meaning we make a really stunning number of our decisions based on how we feel others will respond to them, often […]

But how? Part seven: Filling the hole

Walkabout podcast – But how? Part 7 http://wading-in.net/walkabout/wp-content/uploads/audio/Walkabout-BH-P7.mp3 I’m going to make a slight departure from the format of the previous ‘But How?‘ posts. So far, all of them dealt with how different concepts worked just fine without religion as an explanation, but this one will deal with the personal impact of leaving it […]

Conformity

Walkabout podcast – Conformity http://wading-in.net/walkabout/wp-content/uploads/audio/Walkabout-Conformity.mp3 Secular humanism is the concept that, put simply, human beings can be good without god – no religious or scriptural moral guidelines are necessary, since we have the ability to recognize “good” and “bad” without cribsheets. We’re not abject idiots, in other words. Sam Harris makes this point in […]