What is a bright?
- A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview
- A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements
- The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview
Is Your Worldview Naturalistic?
Think about your own worldview to decide if it is free of supernatural or mystical deities, forces, and entities. If you decide that you fit the description above, then you are, by definition, a bright!
On this website, you can simply say so and, by doing so, join with other brights from all over the world in an extraordinary effort to change the thinking of society—the Brights movement.
The movement's three major aims are:
- Promote the civic understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic worldview, which is free of supernatural and mystical elements.
- Gain public recognition that persons who hold such a worldview can bring principled actions to bear on matters of civic importance.
- Educate society toward accepting the full and equitable civic participation of all such individuals.
Currently the naturalistic worldview is insufficiently expressed within most cultures, even politically/socially repressed. To be a Bright is to participate in a movement to address the situation. (Note: the upper case Bright signifies someone who fits the definition and registers on this Web site.)
There is a great diversity of persons who have a naturalistic worldview (free of supernatural and mystical elements). Some are members of existing organizations that foster a supernatural-free perspective. Far more individuals are not associated with any formal group or label. Under the broad umbrella of the naturalistic worldview, the constituency of Brights can undertake social and civic actions designed to influence a society otherwise permeated with supernaturalism.
This website of The Brights’ Network registers brights into an Internet constituency of Brights and serves as a communications hub for actions that align with the aims and principles of the Brights movement.
Can Brights impact society's outlook regarding the naturalistic worldview and the people who hold it? That remains to be seen, but if you are intrigued by the possibilities, you are invited to explore this Web site, learn more about the Brights movement and, if your worldview fits the definition, then register as a Bright.
Click banner for a synopsisBrights’ Principles succinctly characterize the movement:
- We are a constituency of individuals (the registered Brights);
- We conserve original definitions (of a bright);
- The Brights' Net offers a pragmatic action connection for Brights;
- The Brights' Net functions as an Internet entity (not as a membership organization);
- The movement is inclusive of the varied Brights who support its aims;
- The movement is carried forward by these individuals (the Brights) and is not describable by other labels;
- The Brights, and not others, are to define their movement;
- The movement is to be a positive force toward full civic participation (fairness for all);
- The Brights seek acknowledgement and influence in society.
Click banner for the full statement of principles
Daniel Dennett and others: The Appeal of the Brights Movement (and more)
Would you like to be counted?
When you self-identify as a Bright by registering on this Web site, your name, e-mail, address, etc. will never be provided to anyone or to any other organization.
With the information you provide, we count you a Bright in your locale (by nation and/or postal code), but we will never release your name, e-mail, or address to anyone without your express written permission. After enrollment, you may manage your subscription settings from the link on this page to receive or not receive the monthly bulletins.