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12 Ways to Raise a Savvy Skeptic

curious kidSkepticism is sometimes given a bad rap.

Skeptical doesn’t mean cynical. Raising your kids to be mindful, to question, to apply critical thinking to ideas that are popular in the culture (often undeservedly), will help them become more informed and woo-averse adults. So how do you raise a little Bright?

A DOZEN IDEAS TO TRY:

1. Teach your child to see everything in new Read more

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Does “Faith” Separate Us?

religious baby?“You ruined my life,” my mother told me. The first time she said it was decades ago, when I first married, and she’s repeated it more than once since then.

The distress I caused her (which, perhaps oddly, never seemed to impact our loving relationship), was due to my marrying a non-Jew. Nominally, he was Greek Orthodox.

He and I had two children. And, according … Read more

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Teaching the Good in Godless

Alles in Ordnung:  so who’s different?
Photo by Ptarmi Kilgore

“Not possessing a religious basis for morality, atheists are fundamentally incapable of having a coherent system of morality.”

 –Conservapedia,  Atheism & Morality

“The biggest damage religion does is indoctrinating and brainwashing children.”

 –Richard Dawkins, in a The Times of India interview with Vineet Gill, 25 Jan 2012

As a precociously atheist child, I was often … Read more

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Holiday Celebrations and Best Traditions: Links in Our Human Chain

The 30 November 2012 issue of The Brights’ Bulletin includes a “Holiday Celebrations” topic that describes the “December Dilemma” faced by some people with a naturalistic worldview, who struggle to integrate meaningfully their personal lives with the predominantly religion-based social activities of the season.

The very next section (“Our ‘Best Tradition’ – A Potential Toolbox Topic?”) asks for commentary … Read more

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