What’s in a Name? Correct Information Undoes Belief in Irrational Systems – Louise Gouëffic
Defining the Difference: Slaughter vs. Murder – R.S. Martin
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Exposing Scientology: An Interview with Jamie DeWolf – David McAfee
Abstract: Secular Connexion Séculaire president’s presentation at World Religions Conference
Secular Connexion Séculaire publishes non-theist, non-sexist O Canada
Editor: Doug Thomas
Happy Solstice. I know that various Humanist groups have proposed other names for a holiday in December as an alternative to you-know-what, but I think Winter Solstice is just as good an event to celebrate as any other.
For one thing it is a real solar event. For another the discovery of this event as a measurement point for the year made it possible for our ancestors to transfer from a hunter–gatherer culture to an agricultural one. Using it as a starting point they could calculate not only the time of planting, but also of harvesting. This latter information gave them the clue to rationing their supplies properly.
Ironically, I suppose, this led to settling down and establishing communities which, over the millenia, became cities. Eighty percent of Canadians now live in cities that have turned us in hunter–gatherers again. Sure, we call it shopping, but it amounts to hunting and gathering.