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Humanist Culture Open Mic


Why isn't there *nearly* enough good humanist performance art? I mean, we got stories worth telling. From epic sagas - humanity's progress across centuries - to small, quiet moments where you appreciate your community and the natural world. 

But... it's awful hard to find good humanist music. We should have a thriving culture of performance art that explicitly highlights our secular values. To fix that, we have the Humanist Culture Open mIc.

Whether you do music, comedy, poetry - come share art that celebrates a natural world, science, reason and secular ethics. And if you just want to listen, that's fine too.

Refreshments are served along with good conversation afterwards (food is free, although donations are appreciated)

The Humanist Culture Open Mic is co-sponsored by Center for Inquiry - New York City and New York Society for Ethical Culture. It takes place on the first Wednesday of each month.

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  • Raymond A.

    Looking forward to seeing Shelley Segal and everyone else tomorrow!

    October 1, 2013

  • Rodney H.

    Does anyone out there know why bad things habitually betide the "kindhearted" populace, while favorable fortune only befalls the so-called sinners?

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Raymond A.

      My take on it - bad things happen for no special reason. The trick is not to try and find reasons, but instead as "we live in a crazy-random-happenstanc­e world where bad things happen to good people sometimes. What do we do about it?"

      My hope for a humanist artistic movement is to inspire more people to fix those bad things.

      October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To answer the question in the description, humanism doesn't have an insecure, violent, authoritarian institution whose goal is to exact strict obedience from its membership. Since religion is primarily an emotional scar of childhood trauma, the only way to maintain it, is to keep the wound raw and festering. You can't do that with reason. And while doing it with brute force is possible, it's inconvenient and expensive. So, instead, you re-cast the harm done to your membership as a "good" thing, and reinforce the upside-down morality with group activities that appeal to emotion and conformity. Hence, song and dance.

    Humanism, on the other hand, is a mere conclusion, arrived at by intellectual means. While the process of reaching that conclusion can involve deep emotions, as values shift, and relationships change and terminate, the conclusion itself is fundamentally unemotional. As such, attempting to gin up emotions after-the-fact with song and dance will have very short legs.

    October 1, 2013

    • Raymond A.

      I'd say that atheism is just an intellectual conclusion. But I think of humanism as a conscious decision about what matters, what we care about, and what to do about it. And I think that has plenty of potential for emotional resonance.

      October 1, 2013

  • Brayan

    doing a poem.

    September 30, 2013

    • Raymond A.

      Great! Looking forward to meeting you!

      October 1, 2013

  • Raymond A.

    Can't wait to meet with Shelly Segal this Wednesday! See you there!

    September 29, 2013

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