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What unifying umbrella term should people with a naturalistic worldview use? [89 votes total]

Brights (12)
 13%
Community of Reason (I belong to, I'm a member of) (16)
 18%
Critical Thinkers (2)
 2%
Inquirers (0)
 0%
Freethinkers (27)
 30%
Open Minders (0)
 0%
Philosophical Naturalists (5)
 6%
Skeptics (2)
 2%
Rationalists (10)
 11%
Realists (4)
 4%
Secularists (11)
 12%


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Posted By: Bill Atkinson

Posted On: Mar 19, 2005
Views: 802
"Other"

I vote for the term "Other".

I am an Other. You are AnOther. We are all BrOthers. The Natural World is our MOther.

"Other" is already in use in the Muslim world: I believe it is the English translation of the Arabic word for infidel- meaning not one of "us".

"Other" is non-pejorative, neutral, not cute, not self aggrandizing, unpretentious, and this proposed use is sufficiently unorthodox to command attention.

Bill Atkinson


Posted By: Michel Virard

Posted On: Dec 1, 2004
Views: 868
Reasons for choosing "Bright"



Posted By: Arwyn

Posted On: Feb 5, 2004
Views: 981
Poll choices

I was divided between Freethinkers and Rationalists. I've known religionists who are also freethinkers (they think and judge for themselves, but they still "believe", and I've known non-believers who I would not call rational, convinced of the truth of all kinds of wierd conspiracy theories, alien visitations and other irrational stuff.

So I picked Rationalists, because I've known more religious freethinkers than I've known irrational non-believers.