AHA News |  

Thanks to humanity!

Nov. 21, 2012
By AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt

This Thanksgiving, before digging in to the holiday feast, many Americans will bow their heads in prayer. They’ll thank their god for providing them and their loved ones with the good fortune received over the year, perhaps specifically showing appreciation for the health of those gathered, the well-being of the nation, and the food before them. At the same time humanists, atheists, and other nontheists will be thanking a different source for the abundance they and their loved ones enjoy.

Just this week there was a big step forward in the search for better treatments and a future cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The gene that triples the risk for Alzheimer’s was identified. It took a collaborative effort between scientists at various academic research institutions to discover this important part of the puzzle about what causes this sadly common disease. Humanists thank these scientists for dedicating their lives to challenging that which is the source of great suffering.

Last year, the leading evolutionary psychologist, Steven Pinker, published an important work that shows something we all can be thankful for: how violence is steadily declining across the span of human history. Pinker, who was the American Humanist Association’s 2008 Humanist of the Year, put together a remarkable presentation and explanation of the facts as we know them regarding violence around the globe in “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” He showed how the media’s hyperbole about violence is misleading, and that over time, as we learn to reason better, get to know each other better, and empathize with others better, we become nicer to each other.

To read the rest of this Washington Post On Faith article by AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt, click here.

American Humanist Association

Yeah, we knew this already. #SuperBowl

3 hours ago

American Humanist Association

What do the AHA and Angelina Jolie have in common? Richard Leakey! Written by...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday Everyone!

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

The International Humanist and Ethical Union in coalition with the European Huma...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

ABC is coming out with a new sitcom based on the life of Dan Savage. Will you wa...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Jase from UnitedCoR will be working with a Boston CoR co-sponsored event. This o...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

ACTION ALERT! Help the AHA fight against legislation that seeks to allow church...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Julianne Moore is an atheist and proud of it!

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Get ready for Darwin Day with a history lesson! Here is the first installment of...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

The 2015 Student Secular Alliance Annual Conference has just been announced! Che...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on the Humanist Hour Podcast, Deputy Editor of Skeptical Inquirer Benj...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

A great question from Ask a Humanist!

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Pope Francis has been both lauded and criticized for his recent statements. What...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

PhillyCoR has helped local governments EVOLVE with this official Darwin Day proc...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

In his latest article for the Huffington Post, AHA Executive Director Roy Speckh...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Let's be honest, we have all had a bad idea, or two, that may not have not been...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Have a question about humanism, religion, atheism, or the AHA? Visit Ask A Human...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Have you ever worked in an overly religious workplace? Tell us about it.

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday Everyone! From theHumanist.com Comics Section: Ideas Are Fair Gam...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

It is almost Super Bowl Time! So, what team does God root for?

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

It's time to stop Saudi Arabia from continuing to carry out cruel punishment aga...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

The nation’s capital honors reason as personified by Charles Darwin on February...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

I like to finish out the day with a little humor, so I thought this was appropri...

10 days ago