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This Sunday’s guest is Nick Pease.Nick and George Kane will discuss the humanistic principles that infuse great literature bringing inspiration to the contemporary atheist movement. These values are universal and timeless, and they present an antidote to the political and religious “isms” that divide the nation. In literature as well as in other arts, the most perceptive interpreters of the human condition provide a coherent vision of human life unbound by such academic formalism.
Nick Pease was the featured speaker at one of Minnesota Atheists’ public meetings last year. There he spoke on the related topic of existentialism, which, quoting Jean-Paul Sartre, he defined as a lucid, compelling account of what it means to live a meaningful life in a world devoid of ultimate meaning. Pease will show that this is a major theme running through the great literature of all ages.
Nick Pease, is currently the Principal of Pease Prose Services, providing Design, write marketing and print and electronic communication services to corporate, governmental and nonprofit clients. He earned a Doctorate Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota, teaching critical reading and writing, speechwriting and cross-currents in Literature, Arts and Culture.
George Kane is the Chair of the Minnesota Atheists.
Atheists Talk is produced with funding fom the Minnesota Atheists, the Humanists of Minnesota and the generous support of our members and donors. We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather.
Today's show is produced and hosted by Mike Haubrich.
- Statement On Naturalism -Naturalism is the understanding that there is a single, natural world as shown by science, and that we are completely included in it. Naturalism holds that everything we are and do is connected to the rest of the world and derived from conditions that precede us and surround us. Each of us is an unfolding natural process, and every aspect of that process is caused, and is a cause itself. So we are fully caused creatures, and seeing just how we are caused gives us power and control, while encouraging compassion and humility. By understanding consciousness, choice, and even our highest capacities as materially based, naturalism re-enchants the physical world, allowing us to be at home in the universe. Naturalism shows our full connection to the world and others, it leads to an ethics of compassion, and it gives us far greater control over our circumstances.