July 31, 2003

Got Your Brights On?

I've described myself as a "skeptic" in the past. This description always left me feeling like I had been forced into using a word that didn't mean what I really felt it should mean. "A skeptic" is often simply a naysayer, a curmudgeon, or someone who just has a negative attitude. "Skeptic" defines oneself as something negative. I'm skeptical of... something. I don't like such a negative definition.

That's why I was happy to hear (from Ed) about a new term that is gaining acceptance. That term is "Bright" used as a noun. What is "a Bright"?

Bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview. A Bright's worldview is free of
supernatural and mystical elements. The ethics and actions of a Bright are based on a naturalistic worldview.
That's according to the Brights' Network website.

Brights, in general, tend not to be very evangelistic folks. Because of that, they disappear into the background of opinions. They also are of varied beliefs. But they have their lack of supernatural belief as a common factor. They are drawn together by their common naturalistic worldview. The Brights Movement seeks to make acceptance of a naturalistic worldview more commonplace, allowing those who share our naturalistic worldview to be open when they participate in society. "Godless," "atheist," and "agnostic" are all negative-definitions and have negative connotations as well. The Brights hope to put "Bright" into the vocabulary (as a noun) and give those with the same beliefs a focal point.

It's no secret. I'm a Bright. No point in "outing" myself -- everyone who knows me knows about my naturalistic worldview.

Meet some other brights, all organically grown according to the website.

[Edited for spelling]

Posted by James at July 31, 2003 5:05 PM
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The Skeptics Dictionary talks about Brights also.


Posted by: Julie at August 1, 2003 1:06 PM

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