Across the globe, societies are teeming with citizens who count as "fact" that morality is something presented to humanity by a deity through scripture (or similar assertions). This populace is convinced that people just cannot be moral without belief in God.
Persons who have a naturalistic worldview are continuously "up against" what their prevailing culture presumes. They are keenly sensitive to the notion that they, because of their supernatural-free worldview, lack certain requisites to be moral persons.
This, in our view, appears to be the single most significant hindrance to public disclosure that one has a naturalistic worldview. As one Bright, Angela, stated these fears: "...they will be seen as bad people, incapable of moral behavior, and shunned by society."
Citizens who have a naturalistic worldview have been discriminated against throughout human history on that assumption. Today, in many places, Brights who acknowledge disbelief are viewed as morally deficient (even insane).
Even in countries generally deemed economically and educationally developed, this cultural presumption (that deity-belief is a necessity for morality) is held by numerous citizens.
What We Do Know
Today there is strong evidence from science that human morality does not come from God or other supernatural sources. The cultural presumption, however extensively it may be held in so many societies, is false.
The science of this topic is increasingly firm and engaging. Given that, the time has definitely arrived for persons in the know about “the actuality” to more seriously set about explaining human morality to ordinary citizens wherever and whenever they can.
Many Brights are well positioned to do just that. The Internet is here, widely used, and information can be shared rapidly.
Of course even the most appealing (to Brights) research evidence from science is complex and not easily made accessible to those who lack scientific background. And even if “what science knows” about human morality is made more comprehensible and available to ordinary citizens, it may not be persuasive to those who firmly “already know” otherwise.
The ongoing Brights’ project (The “Reality about Morality” Project) has had as its goal to address some of the challenges.
What We’ve Done So Far
Over time, teams have been involved in examining and reviewing the research evidence from science and shaping some key conclusions thought likely to be rather readily comprehended if visually illustrated and explained by examples.
For authenticity, the four scientific statements from these ongoing efforts have been endorsed by a panel of researchers in the field. Our compiled bibliography of available peer-reviewed studies is current and extensive.
Having pulled all this material together, we have most recently pursued an infographic mini-project. Throughout that mini-project, our efforts have been to make the material visually appealing. The completed infographic will, we hope, intrigue a viewer and be of interest to be shared further. Although simple, it at least quickly imparts to individuals who see it the main “morality reality” ideas.
Viewers who “get the idea” can then, if interested, also visit the website to learn more. There they will find simple supplemental explanations to help them better “get the idea.”
Now comes the next phase of the project, and the idea of involving Brights themselves in distributing the information widely.
Toward that end, some volunteers will be translating the infographic information into other languages, while others will lend their expertise to planning how best to launch the material to garner attention.
We are ready to pursue those steps.