Second Life Humanism
Sometimes described as the next step beyond the World Wide Web, virtual worlds promise to be the wave of the future.... Think of a real time video game with chat, instant messaging, written documents, music channels, and the ability to build objects and make them do things... Then add the ability to create one's one's own avatar capable of flying and instantaneous teleportation around the virtual world.... You have Second Life! And there is already a very active Humanist group active in Second Life.... with folks from Houston as well as people from nations all around the world represented at weekly meetings.
A recent meeting of Second Life Humanism in Roma Garden
Only a few months ago, between 10,000 and 15,000 folks were online in Second Life at any given time. Now one commonly finds 25,000 folks online in Second Life. Most of the growth has been OUTSIDE the United States, and l Second Life is becoming a place where folks join in a world culture.
About half of the residents of Second Life now are NOT Americans. And language diversity is growing. It is drawing in people from all over the planet -- and Humanism is represented 'in-world.
SL Humanism is a discussion and service oriented group within Second Life. It was founded in 2005 by SL avatar Torin Golding, and has grown to over 180 members, many of which convene in-game social and business meetings every weekend. The group provides education, outreach, support, and networking for Humanists and their allies. Centered in the ROMA sim, the Humanism Garden provides the group with a meeting place and library housing many published and original works on Humanism and living a humanistic life. The group aims to also be proactive in both progressive activism and freethought issues, and has sponsored and organized several events within Second Life. These include an official online conference celebrating the National Day of Reason, a live concert, and fundraising for secular charities during the holiday season.
[Note: Here's an announcement describing the results of the 2006 Holiday Season fund drive: "Many thanks to all who contributed to the Secular charity holiday drive. We raised $160 real dollars that I've just changed and donated in our group name to Oxfam International. To get an idea of the difference we made, $160 was enough to give a student in Mali job training to start her own weaving business and also enough to feed three families in Ethiopia for six months."]
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