A short Humanist video exploring what makes people happy.
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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson claims the title "scientist" above all other "ists." And yet, he says he is "constantly claimed by atheists." So where does he stand? "Neil deGrasse, widely claimed by atheists, is actually an agnostic."
Neil deGrasse Tyson: I'm often asked -- and occasionally in an accusatory way -- "Are you atheist?" And it's like, you know, the only "ist" I am is a scientist, all right? I don't associate with movements. I'm not an "ism." I just - I think for myself. The moment when someone attaches to a philosophy or a movement, then they assign all the baggage and all the rest of the philosophy that goes with it to you, and when you want to have a conversation they will assert that they already know everything important there is to know about you because of that association. And that's not the way to have a conversation. I'm sorry. It's not. I'd rather we explore each other's ideas in real time rather than assign a label to it and assert, you know, what's going to happen in advance.
So what people are really after is, what is my stance on religion or spirituality or God? And I would say, if I find a word that came closest it would be agnostic. Agnostic -- the word dates from the 19th century -- Huxley -- to refer to someone who doesn't know but hasn't yet really seen evidence for it but is prepared to embrace the evidence if it's there but if it's not won't be forced to have to think something that is not otherwise supported.
There are many atheists who say, "Well, all agnostics are atheists." Okay. I'm constantly claimed by atheists. I find this intriguing. In fact, on my Wiki page -- I didn't create the Wiki page, others did, and I'm flattered that people cared enough about my life to assemble it -- and it said, "Neil deGrasse is an atheist." I said, "Well that's not really true." I said, "Neil deGrasse is an agnostic." I went back a week later. It said, "Neil deGrasse is an atheist." -- again within a week -- and I said, "What's up with that?" and I said, "I have to word it a little differently." So I said, okay, "Neil deGrasse, widely claimed by atheists, is actually an agnostic."
And some will say, well, that's -- "You're not being fair to the fact that they're actually the same thing." No, they're not the same thing, and I'll tell you why. Atheists I know who proudly wear the badge are active atheists. They're like in your face atheist and they want to change policies and they're having debates. I don't have the time, the interest, the energy to do any of that. I'm a scientist. I'm an educator. My goal is to get people thinking straight in the first place, just get you to be curious about the natural world. That's what I'm about. I'm not about any of the rest of this.
And it's odd that the word atheist even exists. I don't play golf. Is there a word for non-golf players? Do non-golf players gather and strategize? Do non-skiers have a word and come together and talk about the fact that they don't ski? I don't—I can't do that. I can't gather around and talk about how much everybody in the room doesn't believe in God. I just don't—I don't have the energy for that, and so I . . . Agnostic separates me from the conduct of atheists whether or not there is strong overlap between the two categories, and at the end of the day I'd rather not be any category at all.
Directed / Produced byJonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd
Newgrange author Anthony Murphy speaks about the cosmological significance of the 5,200-year-old Newgrange Monument in the Boyne Valley, Ireland, on The History Channel's Ancient Aliens programme.
Here is my H1 Sample answer for Atheism and Reductionism for the question 'Briefly explain two of the responses to the questions of life in: The secular humanist tradition, Atheism, Agnosticism or Reductionism' for Leaving Cert Religion.
Here is my H1 Sample answer for the Human Search for Meaning based on the question 'Give two examples from contemporary culture that illustrate
the human search for meaning. Examples may be taken from
Music, art, film, literature or youth culture' for Leaving Cert Religion
Here is my H1 Sample Answer for Section A, Socrates on the question 'In the case of Socrates present a profile of the man and his main ideas. Why do you think his ideas were important in the development of philosophy?'
Here is my H1 Sample essay on Section A, Myth, Prometheus for Leaving Cert Religion on the question 'Give an account of a myth that attempted to address one of the great questions of life. In doing so, identify the ancient culture from which the myth originated and the questions the myth sought to answer.'
Here is my H1 Sample essay for Section A, Humanism for Leaving Cert Religion for the question 'Outline your understanding of the humanist tradition and the contribution of 3 philosophers to the development of society’s understanding of humanism'
I missed out on uploading my history video due to a dodgy lap top :( But luckily I managed to get it sorted in time to upload this. Hopefully this will be of some use to some of you lot! Good luck!