STEM Stories That Few Cover

Frank McCoy, Editor, Writer, Web Producer Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge and skills are vital to the success of today’s students. McCoy — being one of the few journalists with experience in mainstream business publications writing about STEM issues — recently has written, edited, and produced hundreds of articles on minority leaders with […]

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For Country, Sans God: Humanism and Religious Hegemony in the Military

Ryan M. Jean, Captain, U.S. Army Reserve May 20, 2012 Pro Deo et Patria [for God and Country]? Since the earliest days of the republic, the Constitution’s First Amendment has furnished a source of endless debate regarding religious intermingling in government affairs. Nowhere does this result in a sharper point of contention than in the […]

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Anniversary Banquet

The Baltimore Ethical Society celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a banquet on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Four speakers addressed the society that evening. The speeches of three are offered here as a podcast.  First, Michael Franch, past Leader of the Baltimore Ethical Society and current associate minister at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.  Second, Dale […]

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Pythagoras and Dark Energy

During the 6th to 4th centuries B.C., the Pythagoreans were a small secretive cult of ascetics who step-by-step discovered abstract mathematics. Their central metaphysical doctrine was that our natural surroundings are an incarnation of the logical arrangement of what they called “number.” This curiosity reached across the centuries to ignite the thinking of Copernicus, Kepler, […]

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Growing Up Humanist: Framework for a Better Society

Young people in today’s American society face many challenges.  Tumultuous economic conditions, continued discrimination leveled against large segments of the population, and progressive climate change are all serious issues that we as a nation have failed to deal with effectively.  Can the current American moral framework, which seems lacking and foundationless, be cited as a […]

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Apocalyptic Environmentalism

Many environmental activists warn that ignoring climate change is leading to dramatic ecological and humanitarian catastrophe. Some say we’ve already passed the tipping point – that rising sea levels and collapsed ecosystems will threaten our very survival. How do we process such challenging predictions? Do we take comfort in critics who denounce these activists as […]

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Peter Bishop

The Journey Through Atheism to Humanism, Ethical Culture, and Beyond

Peter Bishop, PhD, Member, Washington Ethical Society Among those in attendance at the Baltimore Ethical Society, some might reply when asked what their religion is either “none” or “atheism” or the reply might be either “humanism” or “Ethical Culture.” Bishop will consider the philosophical journey through atheism, then on to humanism, and to Ethical Culture. […]

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Together We Can Make a Difference

Arnold Fishman spoke to the society about how he discovered Ethical Culture and how it has become an important part of his life.  He compares and contrasts Ethical Culture with mainstream religion and with secular humanism.  (October 16, 2011)  Listen to the podcast.

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African Migration to the US in Recent Times

Dr. Badru addressed the society on the topic of African migration and economic development.  Badru is a Professor and Acting Chair of Africana Studies at UMBC.  He described four waves of African migration, which arose from different causes at different times, including slavery, political persecution and economic hardship.  He considered how western colonial powers promoted […]

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The War on Drugs — Unintended Consequences

Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, delivered a platform address titled “The War on Drugs — Unintended Consequences” on April 3, 2011.  Continue to read a description of his talk and to listen to a podcast.

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