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BRIGHTS' BULLETIN #45, HIGHLIGHTS

BRIGHTS' BULLETIN #45, HIGHLIGHTS
FEBRUARY 2007
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NEW APPROACHES BEING TRIED
This email summarizes topics in the February Bulletin. See the full posted Bulletin with all relevant links at:

http://www.the-brights.net/movement/bulletin/bulletin.html?b=latest

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HIGHLIGHTS OF BULLETIN #45 (Browse Below)
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FIRST EVER BRIGHTS CALENDAR!!

Stunning wall calendar by Brights, at slightly over cost of printing. (Daniel Dennett deems the cover "gorgeous." See it all for yourself.)

http://www.lulu.com/content/647785

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BACKGROUND ON BRIGHTS CALENDAR #1 (2007)
A Forum project begun in December shows what volunteers from disparate places collaborating can do in short order!

NOTE: 2008 version to appear at proper time of year, but for any "collector's collection" Edition #1 is here now! Preview whole calendar/purchase at:

http://www.lulu.com/content/647785

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27,000TH BRIGHT REGISTERS
A Swedish Bright. You can help make 30,000 happen.

http://www.the-brights.net/action/activities/individual/

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TRANSLATE THE ENTIRE BRIGHTS WEBSITE
Now more visitors can access complete site (machine translation; seven languages)

http://www.the-brights.net/community/#translation

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BRIGHTS CENTRAL STAFF UPGRADES IN JANUARY
Kevin Schultz continues as webmaster; Bill Betz takes on the title of "BLC Coordinator". Both to get real (although nominal) pay for important tasks.

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CHANGE IN MORALITY PROJECT LEADER
Researcher Ruban Bala to lead smaller team in compiling empirical studies for Phase 1.

http://the-brights.net/action/activities/organized/arenas/1/

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TWO MORE BOOKS BY BRIGHTS
PARENTING BEYOND BELIEF: ON RAISING ETHICAL, CARING KIDS WITHOUT RELIGION
(An anthology to empower parents. Some contributors are notable Brights.)

CHURCHES AD HOC: A DIVINE COMEDY (offbeat photo essay)
Purchase items through Brights' Net link to support the movement.

http://the-brights.net/people/books/index.html

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SUMMER CAMPS FOR BUDDING NATURALISTS
In 2007, Camp Quest residential camps are operating in six locations (U.S. and Canada). They are open to English-speaking youngsters from elsewhere, too.

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RECENT FORUM UPGRADE
Webmaster upgraded Forum to latest stable release. Report any "bugs": Link: http://tinyurl.com/3djlss

Lots of new forum functionality! A complete list at:

http://tinyurl.com/29hx3h

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BRIGHTS WEBSITE GETTING READY TO MOVE
Plans to "migrate" Brights' site to a different commercial service. Short downtime predicted.

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BRIGHTS ACKNOWLEDGED AS STIMULUS TO ART EXHIBIT
Motivated in part by Brights concept, artist Christian Globensky has mounted "Humanitarian Art" exhibition in Metz (France); 64-page catalog.

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FREE SITES FOR BRIGHTS BY BRIGHTS
"Unofficial sites" provide valuable services to Brights.

"CivilBrights" (BY WILL AND DAVID) - a free place for BLC communications. People can work together to plan meetings/events, post blogs, or simply monitor the circumstances of all other BLCs.

http://CivilBrights.net

"BrightsOnline" (BY BOB) - more dynamism than is provided on the main site: blogs, essays, links to selected sites, Brights UK activities, Frapper map, etc.

http://www.brightsonline.net/index.htm

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AMAZON ADVANTAGE NO LONGER JUST USA
Brights Central has set up a new Amazon link to include U.K.

http://www.the-brights.net/action/support/

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CAFÉPRESS HAS SPECIAL BARGAIN
FREE SHIPPING on all sales over $50 through February 14. Shop the Brights' Shop!

http://www.cafepress.com/brightsshop

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CONTRIBUTION ACKNOWLDGEMENTS DONE (USA)
Co-Directors have provided all donors evidence for 2006 tax deductions. (Whew!)

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REGISTRATION IN-BOX
Eric, Netherlands: Great site! After straining myself to be polite and calling myself both a 'cultural christian' and agnostic humanist, I now am (a) Bright

Susan, Texas U.S.: I am only replying for myself, but my entire household -- my husband and my two teenaged children -- meet the definition of brights as well.

Brian, South Africa: I just knew that I'm not really an atheist! Now I know that I'm a bright.

Payne, Texas U.S.: Living in the midst of the bible-belt can be frustrating at times, but through a movement such as the brights, I finally feel that I may be able to express myself in a real and rational manner.

Jan, Denmark: Fantastically positive initiative.

(Co-Directors add comments distinguishing their own self-identities.)

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NOTEWORTHY TESTIMONIALS
Interesting remarks from PAT (a member of U.S. military) and from ADAM (a classroom teacher)

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REFERENCE GUIDE TO PERSONNEL AND OTHER BRIGHTS INFORMATION
http://www.the-brights.net/reference_guide.html



Bright Regards

Paul Geisert and Mynga Futrell

Co-Directors of www.The-Brights.Net

A bright is a person with a naturalistic worldview
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