August 8, 2003
Let There Be Brights?
Two California educators recently came up with the term "bright" to describe people whose worldview is naturalistic, free of supernatural and mystical elements, and whose ethics and actions are based on that worldview. Not incidentally, the word makes them all seem exceptionally smart. As Daniel C. Dennett, a philosopher and self-described bright, puts it, "We brights don't believe in ghosts or elves or the Easter Bunny -- or God." Saying the brights are marginalized, the founders hope