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The Brights and Mundanity
« on: April 12, 2011, 12:22:55 pm »
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The Brights movement is a social movement that aims to promote public understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic worldview, including equal civil rights and acceptance for people who hold a naturalistic worldview. It was co-founded by Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell in 2003. The movement aims to create an Internet constituency that will pursue the following aims:
Promote public understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic worldview, which is free of supernatural and mystical elements.
Gain public recognition that persons who hold such a worldview can bring principled actions to bear on matters of civic importance.
Educate society toward accepting the full and equitable civic participation of all such people.

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Dawkins' analogy in the aforementioned Guardian article is instructive, comparing the coining of bright to the "triumph of consciousness-raising" from the term gay:
Gay is succinct, uplifting, positive: an "up" word, where homosexual is a down word, and queer, faggot and pooftah are insults. Those of us who subscribe to no religion; those of us whose view of the universe is natural rather than supernatural; those of us who rejoice in the real and scorn the false comfort of the unreal, we need a word of our own, a word like "gay". ... Like gay, it should be a noun hijacked from an adjective, with its original meaning changed but not too much. Like gay, it should be catchy: a potentially prolific meme. Like gay, it should be positive, warm, cheerful, bright.

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The movement has been criticised by some (both religious and non-religious) who have objected to the adoption of the title "bright" because they believe it suggests that the individuals with a naturalistic worldview are more intelligent ("brighter") than the religious.

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In subcultural and fictional uses, a mundane is a person who does not belong to a particular group, according to the members of that group; the implication is that such persons, lacking imagination, are concerned solely with the mundane: the quotidian and ordinary.[1] In science fiction fandom and related fandoms the term is used to refer, sometimes deprecatingly, to non-fans; this use of the term antedates 1955.[2]

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In Asperger's Syndrome internet and verbal communication pop culture to show others, Aspies, use the term in the context derived from the term in Babylon 5 as a term for Psi Corps Telepath and is used derogatory to infer dullness of persons NOT with Autism or within the Autistic Spectrum other then Aspies; persons without a diagnosis are generally called Neurotypical.

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In 'The Enemies of Reason' Richard Dawkins says that "The word 'mundane' has come to mean boring and dull, and it really shouldn't. It should mean the opposite because it comes from the latin 'mundus', meaning the world, and the world is anything but dull...."

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In sanguinarian circles the word "mundane" means "non sanguinarian", although some consider it derogatory.

"the Mundanes" should be taken up by the dudes in Skepto-Atheisto-Naturalist circles who value humility. It's a negative adjective, a straight insult, and so apt for "reclamation of stereotypes" purposes, like "Queer" too. It sounds explicitly non-new-agey. "Mundane", "Straightforward". Get it? Mundane.

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Re: The Brights and Mundanity
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 08:25:32 pm »
They could call themselves 'danes for brevity.  It would be great, their motto could be "watch out or the 'danes will freak YOU!"


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Re: The Brights and Mundanity
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 08:28:02 pm »
They could call themselves 'danes for brevity.  It would be great, their motto could be "watch out or the 'danes will freak YOU!"



 :lulz:

Aw, dammit, now I've got "Freaking the Mundanes" stuck in my head...
Death-dealing hormone freak of deliciousness
Pagan-Stomping Valkyrie of the Interbutts™
Rampaging Slayer of Shit-Fountain Habitues

"My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know, everybody you see, everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake, and they live in a state of constant, total amazement."

If Luna was a furry, she'd sex humans and scream "BEASTIALITY!" at the top of her lungs at inopportune times.

I like the Luna one. She is a good one.

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