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Quickies: Atheist leaders, woman to appear on US $10 bill, and photos of girls working on cars

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Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. “8 Awesome Atheist Leaders Who Aren’t Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris” is as long as its title, but an important statement on atheist leaders on the frontlines.

    Noelle George’s statement perfectly encapsulated my point of view:

    “No, I don’t consider myself a new atheist. I do consider myself an atheist, humanist, and a skeptic. I’m less of a firebrand atheist and more of a diplomat atheist. For me personally, that style works better and I enjoy changing people’s minds about religion based on my actions and not my words.”

    I have to shamefully admit that I was once one of those people who considered the term humanist to be sort of a dodge for atheists who were uncomfortable about calling themselves that. But like Noelle, I now consider myself all of the above: atheist, skeptic, and humanist.

    Indeed, it seems to me that all of the eight atheists interviewed for the article espoused humanist values. Humanism can be considered the organizing ethic of nonbelievers. If God isn’t there to right the injustices of the world (as the state of the world clearly indicates), we have no choice but to act and do it ourselves.

  2. Some of the items in Chinese medicine (e.g., bear liver, rhinoceros horn) are also a tragedy for the environment. I suppose we could possibly convince TCM practitioners to try homeopathically diluted bear liver and save a few animals.

    1. Yes, free trade agreements with China should strike fear into the hearts of many endangered species.

      I did not know of the provisions in this particular agreement until after the fact. Do you know if the US has something similar already or in the pipeline?
      For instance, the other day there was mention of the Pacific Rim treaty negotiations.

      In any case it looks like we will all soon be involved.

      1. Trans-Pacific Partnership. (China’s not actually negotiating that; they already have most favored nation status.) And the whole point is that we won’t know until after the fact; it’s classified until five years after approval.

        Hey, it looks like you’re negotiating TPP too!

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