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Reason Rally - March 24, 2012 - Washington, D.C.

#1  Postby thaesofereode » Oct 01, 2011 10:25 pm

Ran across this: www.reasonrally.org

Anyone thinking about going?
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#2  Postby VanYoungman » Nov 07, 2011 5:40 pm

Yeah. Sounds like fun.
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THE BRIGHTS INVITE YOU TO THE REASON RALLY!

#3  Postby Teuton » Jan 31, 2012 7:28 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI7SAk2hCLU[/youtube]

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#4  Postby Mick » Jan 31, 2012 7:29 pm

Lol @ brights. Get out.
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#5  Postby Animavore » Jan 31, 2012 7:39 pm

"[It's a] cringe-making proposal that atheists should conceitedly nominate themselves to be called 'brights.'" - Christopher Hitchens.
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#6  Postby mraltair » Jan 31, 2012 7:51 pm

That name makes me want to believe in a god. :nono:

PS - I won't be going.
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#7  Postby Teuton » Jan 31, 2012 7:52 pm

Animavore wrote:"[It's a] cringe-making proposal that atheists should conceitedly nominate themselves to be called 'brights.'" - Christopher Hitchens.


Christopher Hitchens is dead.
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#8  Postby Animavore » Jan 31, 2012 7:54 pm

Teuton wrote:
Animavore wrote:"[It's a] cringe-making proposal that atheists should conceitedly nominate themselves to be called 'brights.'" - Christopher Hitchens.


Christopher Hitchens is dead.

I was channeling him.
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#9  Postby Teuton » Jan 31, 2012 7:55 pm

mraltair wrote:That name makes me want to believe in a god.


What matters is not the name but what it stands for!
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#10  Postby mraltair » Jan 31, 2012 8:01 pm

Teuton wrote:
mraltair wrote:That name makes me want to believe in a god.


What matters is not the name but what it stands for!


Yeah I stand for the same thing as their organisation but I refuse to associate myself with a group that is that arrogant.
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#11  Postby Teuton » Jan 31, 2012 8:43 pm

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Yeah I stand for the same thing as their organisation but I refuse to associate myself with a group that is that arrogant.


The Brights aren't arrogant as a group. They have made it perfectly clear that the word "bright" was chosen (and turned into the noun "bright") solely in reference to the age of enlightenment.
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#12  Postby Nebogipfel » Jan 31, 2012 8:50 pm

I like Daniel Dennetts idea of brights, the rational skeptics, and supers, the supernaturalists.

Then everyone has a positive nickname... :thumbup:
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#13  Postby mraltair » Jan 31, 2012 8:54 pm

Teuton wrote:
mraltair wrote:
Yeah I stand for the same thing as their organisation but I refuse to associate myself with a group that is that arrogant.


The Brights aren't arrogant as a group. They have made it perfectly clear that the word "bright" was chosen solely in reference to the age of enlightenment.


Ah OK, good. :lol: . Still the first thing you think when a group of secular intellectuals call themselves 'bright' is "I wonder how they fit all those egos into a conference room". So they aren't off to a good start spreading their ideas when they have to explain a misunderstanding to everyone.

They should bite the bullet and hire a marketing guy to sort out the name now because the name will always create the same first impression. Secular Humanists maybe? You could shorten it to 'SecsH' but only if Sean Connery joins. :thumbup:
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#14  Postby Teuton » Jan 31, 2012 9:11 pm

I concede that, marketingwise, it wasn't the cleverest decision to use the name "the Brights". But now that it exists, I wish that people with a naturalistic worldview wouldn't refuse to associate themselves with the Brights just because of the more or less unfortunately chosen name.
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#15  Postby Nebogipfel » Jan 31, 2012 9:28 pm

Of course, there's nothing at all arrogant about groups that call themselves things like God's Chosen People, God's Country, the Elect, etc, ....
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#16  Postby biscuit » Jan 31, 2012 9:44 pm

"brights" "camp quest" "mynga"

atheists are not winning the naming game are we? :(
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#17  Postby Godless Infidel » Jan 31, 2012 10:02 pm

The Reason Rally looks like fun. Lots of good speakers, acts etc. It will definitely be the biggest gathering of the godless ever.

This vid and the "brights" makes me want to go a little less but I still would like to be there.
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#18  Postby AlohaChris » Jan 31, 2012 10:11 pm

Picking the cross-eyed lady with the coke bottle glasses for the advertisement: Not too bright.
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#19  Postby surreptitious57 » Jan 31, 2012 10:36 pm

Why this new name ? What is wrong with
the old ones which are much better any way
[ atheist - sceptic - free thinker ] Being called a
bright is just asking for trouble man and there is no
need for it and it really sounds like a type of light bulb
Richard Dawkins Is a biologist not an advertising executive
He should focus on promoting science not mundane terminology
I know some will like it but I don t and never have - O K - end of rant
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#20  Postby Godless Infidel » Jan 31, 2012 10:48 pm

Someone needs to do a quality vid with a Bad Religion soundtrack, Pictures and quotes from famous atheists, some of the Washington landmarks etc. Then we would have ourselves a festival. Make even the moderately religious wish they were there.
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