1. The Humanist Hour #82: A. C. Grayling


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    In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel’s co-host is Kim Ellington. Together they interview A. C. Grayling, the author of "The God Argument – The Case Against Religion and For Humanism." Kim Ellington, co-host Kim is a secular activist and lifelong atheist originally from New Hampshire. She now lives in North Carolina working to separate church and state. She is in her second year as a board member of the Triangle Freethought Society and has been a member for about four years. She is also on the board of Camp Quest South Carolina, a member of the American Humanist Association and the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and a mother of an 8-year-old daughter. The work she does in the freethought and civil rights movement is to make the world a more reasonable place for her daughter and all future generations. A. C. Grayling Professor Anthony Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects. His newest book is The God Argument – The Case Against Religion and For Humanism. He publishes under the name A. C. Grayling. The God ArgumentCo-hosts Todd Stiefel and Kim Ellington talk to A. C. about his new book, which takes a look at the kinds of reasons someone would have for not holding a religious commitment in the first half and the arguments in favor of humanism in the second half. Grayling describes a humanist in several ways during the interview, including those who think that our ethical outlook has to be premised on our best understanding of human experience. “Fundamentally, humanism is not a doctrine,” Grayling says. “It’s not a set of prescriptions or instructions about how to live. Rather, it’s an attitude. And the attitude is, we have to think for ourselves; we’ve got to take responsibility for ourselves, and in taking that responsibility we have to think how relate to, to care for, be good neighbors to our fellows in the human story,” adding, “Generous really is the word, generous and kind.” He also outlines his reasons why we should not see The Golden Rule as ideal.”We can’t, each of us, think that we’re the standard or the benchmark for what tastes, interests and desires other people have,” Grayling points out. “We have to allow them to make those choices, of course within negotiated limits about the parameters of communal living, but in a way that really does allow people to make meaning in their lives because that’s where meaning comes from.” For more information on this or other episodes of The Humanist Hour, visit thehumanisthour.org

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    • The Humanist Hour #83: Julia Galef


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      In this month’s podcast, Todd Stiefel’s co-host is Amanda K. Metskas. Together they interview Julia Galef, the president of the Center for Applied Rationality. Listen as Todd and Amanda talk with Julia about everything from using Harry Potter to learn about rationality to the Vulcan straw man problem! (You know you need to find out about that one.) Learn about some of the different types of rationality and where they intersect with humanism. It would be tough to hear a conversation about rationality that’s more fun and uplifting that this one! Todd and Amanda also give an update about what’s going on at Camp Quest this year, including their participation in the upcoming American Humanist Association annual conference, May 30-June 2 in San Diego. For complete episode details, click here: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/2013/05/the-humanist-hour-83-julia-galef/

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      • Humanist Community Forum (2010-12-26): Camp Quest West Update (Chris Lindstrom)


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        Enjoy a slice of summer in December. Learn more about Camp Quest West’s summer program and experience one of our Freethought Extravaganza games. Chris Lindstrom, longtime Humanist Community member and Camp Quest West’s Camp Director, will present. See www.campquestwest.org .

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        • The Humanist Hour #76: Cenk Uygur


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          In this month’s podcast, Jes and Todd interview the Young Turks main host and co-founder Cenk Uygur about the relationship between humanism, the media, and politics. Cenk was awarded with the Humanist Media Award at the AHA’s 71st Annual Conference this past June. Segment 1: Summer fun at Camp Quest Camp Quest provides an educational adventure shaped by fun, friends and freethought, featuring science, natural wonder and humanist values. Activities vary from year to year and location to location of Camp Quest; however, all of our camps offer a mix of traditional summer camp activities and educational activities related to the Camp Quest mission. Each Camp Quest focuses on the same mission, and there are many similarities from camp to camp. At the same time, each location has its own feel — with different activities, facilities, and people. Segment 2: Interview with Cenk Uygur Cenk Uygur is host of The Young Turks on Current TV as well as the host and co-founder of The Young Turks online which is the largest news show on the Internet. The Young Turks on Current TV features Uygur and a group of progressive, outspoken journalists and commentators discussing politics and pop culture in an unscripted, no-holds-barred atmosphere that breaks the mold of traditional cable news programming. The Young Turks (TYT) online has a verified global audience of more than 30 million views a month and over half a billion total video views of The Young Turks YouTube Channel, making it one of the most watched online news shows covering politics, pop culture and lifestyle. The Young Turks premiered on Sirius Satellite Radio in the first quarter of 2002 as the platform’s first original program before moving to XM Satellite Radio in 2006. The Young Turks is the flagship show of the TYT Network. TYT Network channels include What the Flick?!, TYT Sports, TYT University and TwenTYTwelve, among others. TYT has also recently launched a show called The Point on a new online-only channel, Town Square, as part of YouTube’s new original channels initiative. Uygur is the former host of MSNBC Live and has appeared numerous times on CNN, CNN Headline News, E! Entertainment Channel, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Voice of America, NPR and even Fox News Channel. He is one of the most popular bloggers on The Huffington Post, and also a contributor to Daily Kos and Politico. Uygur is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and Columbia University Law School. He worked as a lawyer, television writer and television host before co-founding The Young Turks. Segment 3: Humanist Media Award Listen to a clip of Cenk’s acceptance speech from the AHA 71st Annual Conference, where he received the Humanist Media Award. Visit http://podcast.thehumanist.org/ for more information about The Humanist Hour podcast. RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/HNN_Podcast

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          • KFC2013 Sarah Henry


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            Sarah Henry is a high school senior in Southern Indiana, and is currently applying to colleges all over the nation. Sarah is very involved in the free thought community, as a current Camp Quest Ohio and Camp Quest Chesapeake counselor. She also is the current communications intern for Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist giving foundation. Sarah also co-founded and is the current Vice-President of her high school’s Secular Student Alliance, as well as chairing a nonprofit and sitting on the Youth Philanthropy Council of Indiana. Sarah has faced challenges with being an open atheist in a conservative community and wants to be able to share with, help, and learn from others.

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            • Taste of Camp Quest NorthWest, Second Helping


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              Another afternoon of food and freethought activities. November 19, 2011, at Si View Community Center in North Bend, WA. Music via freemusicarchive.org

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              • Taste of Camp Quest NorthWest Potluck Picnic


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                Photomotion video of the CQNW Potluck Picnic, August 21, 2011, at Cottage Lake. Music from freemusicarchive.org

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                • Creation Museum - Petersburg, KY


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                  Mark Looy, one of the head honchos at The Creation Museum, greeted us and entertained our questions... Had we had more resources we would have been harder on him, but after the gate for the gated museum closed and the armed guards appeared we felt the only thing to do was accept the egg shells we were certainly walking on. We did feel lucky that they would take us serious and give us their time, we were even able to interview one of the museum's scientists. The cool thing was going back to where we were staying, our host were the Kagins, adamant atheists, founders of Camp Quest, an atheist summer camp for kids and Edwin Kagin is the lawyer for the American Atheists Organization, so going back and staying with them, showing them the footage was a blast! I'm glad Edwin insisted on us going to The Creation Museum... it was the spookiest ride I've ever taken.

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