Monday, November 06, 2006

Are you bright?

Our nations, cultures, politics, genders, occupations, interests, and so on differ widely. However, we are generally “in sync” with one another because we share a worldview that is free from supernatural and mystical elements. We are set apart in a broad sense from those who have worldviews that embrace such elements, whether entities such as deities, or forces, or both. Most of us find our naturalistic worldview regarding “ultimate beliefs” marginalized in the society in which we live (perhaps utterly disparaged, or even proscribed). Our common interest is to work to in varied ways to change this situation for the better.

Does this describe you? Then you can be a "Bright". I think I am. So are some of the best minds in the world: Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet, James Randi, Steven Pinker among others. Are you one too?

8 comments:

Gypsy said...

wat do u mean by a worldview that is free of "supernatural"?(sorry if the question sounds dumb)

Nikhil said...

"Supernatural" means something which cannot be demonstrated nor proved.

According to Wikipedia:
The supernatural (Latin: super- "exceeding" + nature) refers to forces and phenomena which are not observable in nature, and therefore beyond verifiable measurement.

Not a dumb question at all :)

Gypsy said...

:)dude, i know wat "supernatural" means, what is supernatural worldview...or anyway just forget it :) im not 'bright' afterall :(

Nikhil said...

a worldview that is free of "supernatural" means you do not believe in the so called "miracles" viz. people turning water into wine and making walls fly etc. In other words accepting that every phenomenon is naturally explainable in a logical way.

Sorry didnt get your question the first time :). Maybe I'm not 'bright' either :(

Gypsy said...

ohhhh...that way!! i get it now...lol...thanx

Sailesh said...

Turning water into wine is also logically explainable by the premise that you can play around with the universal consciousness. Just trying to be the devil's advocate here. Or am I being too obtuse?

Kaumudi said...

Am I being boastful if I say I'm a bright?

Nikhil said...

No you are not....
It would have been boasftful if you said "I'm bright" :)