- Reason, evidence, scientific method: The belief that the answers to questions and solutions to problems should be sought through reason, critical thinking, and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith or mysticism.
- Fulfillment, growth, creativity: A concern for fulfillment, growth, and creativity for both the individual and humanity in general.
- Search for truth: A constant search for a universal, objective truth, through the use of reason, evidence, and the scientific method, with the awareness that new discoveries can alter our perception and knowledge of truth.
- This life: A concern for our life on Earth above a hypothetical afterlife, making the most of the time we have and making our lives meaningful through our understanding of each other.
- Ethics: A search for a clear code of ethics, judged on their ability to improve life for humanity through individual responsibility.
- Building a better world: A conviction that reason, understanding, and good will can lead to improvements in the world.
- Morality determined by human need: The scientific concept of morality as an evolved strategy of human beings who needed to band together in groups in order to survive.
- Reason/science demonstrably > faith, when considering humanity as a whole (note that it may not hold true for individuals over a single lifetime, due to political factors. I've never figured out whether the fact that all churchgoers were intellectually weak arose from A- weak reasoning skills, B- involvement in organized religion, or C- both.)
- If you agree with the above reasoning, then "search for truth" also follows.
- "Ethics" — this is less obvious, but hopefully people would generally agree that taking responsibility is a more sound basis for how to act than ignoring or shoving it under the rug.
- "Building a better world:" - self evident (see: science, particularly things like hearing aids, pacemakers)
- "Morality determined by human need:" IMO the "in groups" part is much less self-evident (as something that evolved) than the idea of more generally "humans evolving to best survive".
- "This life:" I argue that living well for it's own sake is strictly better — even if there IS a God/heaven/etc, if such an entity is remotely reasonable, it surely would approve of your efforts to live well within the constraints you seem to possess. It's possible that part of that is axiomatic, though.
- "Fulfillment, growth, creativity:" This follows from any requirement for science and reasoning. But I can't really say it's self evident.
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