Monday, April 13, 2009

Joss Whedon: Lifetime Humanist

Joss Whedon is responsible for some of my favorite things. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible. The man's a genius and a sexy ginger to boot. Plus, he's an unabashedly godless humanist, which is always a plus. Because of this (and because it's always nice to draw a crowd), Harvard University's undergraduate secular society presented him with their 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. io9 has a summary of the proceedings, which I'll link to at the end, but here are a couple of highlights: Joss raised an interesting point about humanism having an element of faith in that humanist choose to believe in the goodness of humanity despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Also, he seemed "pessimistic" about the chances of his new show, Dollhouse, coming back for a second season. I sure hope the thing gets canceled so Joss can go back to making more of my favorite things. More details here.

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