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Humanists - purple cow or tooth-fairy?

 
 
JPB
 
Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 01:57 pm
Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) recently spoke at Harvard University about his experience as being the only "outed" Humanist in Congress.

The Article explains the nature of purple cow and tooth-fairy type humanists as follows:

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The contrasting attitudes of Stark and his audience, many of them from student Humanist organizations at Harvard, Brandeis, and Tufts, points to an interesting issue in the Humanist movement. For one kind of unbeliever, God is like the Tooth Fairy. Not believing in him is a mark of maturity, something to take pride in. Such people are easy to attract to Humanist events, because unbelief is part of their identity.

But other nontheists take an attitude more like the opening of the Gelett Burgess nonsense rhyme:

I've never seen a purple cow
I never hope to see one.

They harbor no resistance to the notion of a deity, they just don't anticipate running into one. If you ask them, they may admit to being atheists or agnostics, but in their own minds the question hardly ever comes up.

Pete Stark is more of a purple-cow unbeliever than a Tooth-Fairy unbeliever.


For those who think of themselves as Humanists -- are you more a purple cow or tooth-fairy?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 03:02 pm
Cool, I like that distinction.

I'm a purple cow. <moos purply>
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 03:33 pm
Another purple mooer here.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 03:34 pm
I have seen a purple cow!

http://www.worth1000.com/entries/300500/300704NSUr_w.jpg

yet, i would still belong in that category as well.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 03:49 pm
I would say that I have long been a purple cow - my whole life really. Until very recently when the overwhelming surge of theists have gotten me thinking about the stuff. So, I am a purple cow with tooth fairy moments.
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JPB
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 05:26 pm
oops! I just responded to my own poll and then decided I'd miscast my vote. I voted "purple cow" but I really should be an "other" and will explain.

I'm not always a humanist. On the days that I'm not a humanist, I tend to be a pantheist. There are times when I think there is something else... something wonderful and perhaps other-worldly... and in those times I see everything as spiritual (no, I don't do drugs). However, when I get up on the regular side of the bed, I'm pretty much a humanist with a purple cow mentality.

I don't really dwell on it, but sometimes I feel a sense of 'something' in everything. I once sat through a sermon on the advantages of LSD in finding one's spiritual self, but well, never mind -- it's not my thing. It was a Timothy Leary wasn't all bad kind of thing that didn't really grab me.

What I found interesting in the article was the apparent disappointment in the Tooth Fairy Humanists who wanted to dig deeper into the ramifications of a politician being an avowed Humanist. At each question, Stark gave a shrugged response -- it's no big deal.

<purply moooo>
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neologist
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 09:54 pm
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The color is purple.

http://www.co.washington.or.us/cgi/neighbor/graphics/graf1006/domvlnc.gif
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Mame
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 09:59 pm
Violet-Purple Mooer here, too...
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fresco
 
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Reply Mon 8 Oct, 2007 11:38 pm
Those herds of purple cows (farmed by others) are blocking my local airport approach roads and having me drop or pick up family travellers hundreds of yards away.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 9 Oct, 2007 04:46 am
purple tooth cow fairy
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Tue 9 Oct, 2007 05:45 am
bm
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 9 Oct, 2007 05:56 am
I first ckecked "purple cow", but after thinking it over, I think that I am more of a "leprechaun humanist". Leprechauns do not exist, but they are so interwoven in the fabric of our society, that they take on a reality of their own.

Actually, if I never came across a reference to a leprechaun again, my life would not be the worse for it.
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JPB
 
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Reply Tue 9 Oct, 2007 07:42 am
edgarblythe wrote:
purple tooth cow fairy



heheh, I hear you edgar.
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Hamal
 
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Reply Tue 9 Oct, 2007 08:51 am
I'm probably 95% burger, and 5% tooth fairy.

I used to think about it a lot. These days, like others have said, I generally don't think about it until reminded.
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tinygiraffe
 
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Reply Tue 9 Oct, 2007 11:19 am
a yellow cow with a long neck
i'm a theist atheist, personally. i have a purplish shade, a distinguishable cow shape, and spend time now and again critcising people for using the tooth fairy as an excuse to kill and torture people that look like muslims and certain alleged political minorities.

of course, i'm no happier when (some) muslims do the same thing, but i really hate dictatorships under *all* circumstances. i guess that in itself is a tooth fairy sort of belief, but no one's perfect? for this reason, i think there should be a separation of belief in the tooth fairy and state.
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anton bonnier
 
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Reply Tue 9 Oct, 2007 11:58 pm
I picked purple cow cause I like purple... a purple tooth fairy sounds nice to.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 10 Oct, 2007 12:48 pm
I almost chose other, explain and said I was a purple fairy, but feared it would be taken amiss.

And cow tooth sounded just wrong...
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real life
 
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Reply Tue 23 Oct, 2007 04:54 pm
Re: Humanists - purple cow or tooth-fairy?
JPB wrote:
Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) recently spoke at Harvard University about his experience as being the only "outed" Humanist in Congress.

The Article explains the nature of purple cow and tooth-fairy type humanists as follows:

Quote:
The contrasting attitudes of Stark and his audience, many of them from student Humanist organizations at Harvard, Brandeis, and Tufts, points to an interesting issue in the Humanist movement. For one kind of unbeliever, God is like the Tooth Fairy. Not believing in him is a mark of maturity, something to take pride in. Such people are easy to attract to Humanist events, because unbelief is part of their identity.

But other nontheists take an attitude more like the opening of the Gelett Burgess nonsense rhyme:

I've never seen a purple cow
I never hope to see one.

They harbor no resistance to the notion of a deity, they just don't anticipate running into one. If you ask them, they may admit to being atheists or agnostics, but in their own minds the question hardly ever comes up.

Pete Stark is more of a purple-cow unbeliever than a Tooth-Fairy unbeliever.


For those who think of themselves as Humanists -- are you more a purple cow or tooth-fairy?


Pete Stark, fresh from turning purple as he accused the President, decided to drop his beef and face the moosic as he uddered an apology.

from http://www.wnd.com/avantgo/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=58288

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Stark sorry for saying Bush amused by killing

Congressman issues apology to colleagues, president, troops

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., apologized today for stating during debate last week that President Bush derives amusement from sending young Americans to Iraq to kill innocent people and then "get their heads blown off."
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tinygiraffe
 
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Reply Tue 23 Oct, 2007 11:17 pm
for a guy that isn't completely tickled by the events from 9/11/01 to 10/24/07, that bastard certainly does smirk a lot.

oh look, right after typing this, here's the next post i read! http://www.able2know.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2911549#2911549
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