Blog Posts - Humanism



Lalun: Music out of this World and the Quest for Peace

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a concert entitled “Lalun – Dreams from Andalusia and the Silk Road” at the Vancouver Playhouse. I was intrigued by this musical ensemble as they advertised themselves as a globe-trotting world music g...
by Arash's World on Sep 5, 2016

Race issues and Police Killings in the United States

The recent cases of police officers being ambushed and killed in the United States is very frightening and alarming, to say the least. The fact that officers who are there to serve and protect us and whose job it is to uphold the law are slaughtered...
by Arash's World on Jul 18, 2016

US vs. Them: The Perceived Threat of the Other

Beginning in our infancy, we instinctively learn to separate the self from the other. The infant notices that there is indeed a physical separation between them and their mother. With time, this separation of the self increases and crystallizes into...
by Arash's World on Dec 31, 2015

Kiarostami's Close-Up: Masterful Weaving of Fact and Fiction

When approaching a film by the internationally acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, I am generally very cautious. His films are known for being very, very slow (imagine a snail in slow-motion) and generally uneventful in terms of plot (watchi...
by Arash's World on Dec 13, 2015

Canadian War Hero Romeo Dallaire and the Fight for Social Justice

Recently, I had the honor and opportunity to attend a keynote address by retired Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire. I had been invited by my dear colleague and filmmaker Leigh Badgley to attend the Allard Prize for International Integrity in which t...
by Arash's World on Oct 12, 2015

Reducing Polarization, Tribalism, and Conflict

Culture of peace1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Take a look at the world around you, and ask yourself this simple question: Would you like to see more polarization, tribalism, and conflict or less? If you compare the world as it is today with the world yo...
by Atheist Revolution on Sep 9, 2015

Ode to Medicine: A Passionate Review of the Clinical TV series The Knick

Medicine has come a long way. Few of us realize this and we rarely think about the struggles it must have taken to get to this current point as we pop a pill for our headache or when we get (or in some cases do not get) our vaccination shots. When i...
by Arash's World on Aug 29, 2015

DOA

Perhaps it’s just me, but the third season of Through the Wormhole has taken a dramatically metaphysical turn. I always run behind the time when it comes to media; I know that the season is long passed. I started watching … Continue reading &...

Vigilante Justice: Is taking the Laws into your own Hands a good Idea?

I have been meaning to write on vigilante and justice for quite some time, but somehow it has never felt right. Not that this is the right time now (although I can cheekily exclaim May the 4th be with you!), yet I feel more compelled than ever to wri...
by Arash's World on May 4, 2015

Are Atheist Chaplains Needed in the Military?

Stained glass window, U. S. Pentagon, honoring the Four Chaplains, USAT Dorchester, 1943 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Using data from a recent Christianity Today article, Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) wrote a post a couple days ago in which he noted th...
by Atheist Revolution on Apr 26, 2015

Harvard Humanist of the Year: Anita Sarkeesian

Greg Epstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)I've been asked a few times what I think of the recent news that the Humanist Community of Harvard has decided to give their Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014 Award to Anita Sarkeesian. I haven't addressed the su...
by Atheist Revolution on Feb 8, 2015

The Human Face of Addiction

Last week I had the opportunity to witness a panel discussion on the issue of addiction at St. Paul's Hospital. I was moderately interested in the topic of addiction, but went because it included heavyweights in the field, particularly Alfried Laengl...
by Arash's World on Nov 11, 2014

Fate and Destiny in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire

The movie Slumdog Millionaire(2008) directed by British director Danny Boyle has achieved that rare feat of satisfying film critics and audiences alike. It is one of the best works of this very talented director. However, upon my first viewing, I was...
by Arash's World on Oct 29, 2014

The Two-Faced God

I find myself wondering whether I fully know God. I hear too many reports about His anger and interactions in commanding mass genocide in the Bible. Then I see God, through the image of... The post The Two-Faced God appeared first on .
by Sharing Jesus on Oct 1, 2014

ET vs UAC

When I first heard of “unaccompanied alien children,” I hope I might be forgiven for thinking about ET. Or EBEs as they’re sometimes called, “Extraterrestrial Biological Entities.” Instead UACs are serious enough to be assigned their own ac...

Disarmament

Maybe it’s just where I cast my attention, but debates over belief or unbelief seem to be everywhere these days. The word “militant” is used to describe belief (or lack of belief) systems with a worrying stridency. We want to … Continue r...

Doctor Whumanist: Can the Physician Heal Himself?

The rebooted Doctor Who has a pretty thorough track record of raiding the cupboard marked 'Christianity' and smearing the contents:  - Not one, but two lots of deadly angels, the stone ones, and the 'Angel Hosts' on the spaceship Titanic.  - The...
by Opinionated Vicar on Sep 1, 2014

Yesterday At The Bus Stop

A story about how my mental paradigm shifted about 180 degrees yesterday while having a conversation with a young man with serious psychiatric issues, and his obviously devoted family. They were homeless, and that made me think, a lot.Continue readin...

Tolstoy's religious manifesto: The Kingdom of God is within you

Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is within youis both astonishing and enlightening in many ways. Few are the books that can move me to the degree that Tolstoy's book did. I mean it in both senses of the word, that it touched me by unearthing a number of...
by Arash's World on Aug 16, 2014

Tom Horn & Steve Quayle on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report-Blood on the Altar

Im really becoming a big fan of this show ....
by Ct Patriots Blog on Jul 12, 2014


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