A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
I'm so glad to hear the online/podcast from the IHS. I really enjoyed the entire program from the music to the interviews. It was a pleasure to listen to it. I have been meaning to put IHS as a beneficiary on some of my investments. Listening today has motivated me to follow through on that, including making another online donation.
I enjoyed hearing about Matt Cherry's experience as a Humanist Celebrant, something I am currently applying for. Matt's discussion of Humanism in the world was interesting too. It was also good to hear Larry Jones discuss the impact the IHS is having worldwide.
Congratulations on all the progress. I look forward to listening to more and I've passed this info on to others.
--Richard Cotter, New Paltz, N.Y.
I WANT TO READ THE NEWSLETTER, NOT LISTEN TO IT
I'm disappointed that I will miss the newsletter once a month. As a dial-up customer (still) it takes too long to download audio files. And I'd much rather read the newsletter than listen to it.
--Janet, Malden Bridge, NY
GOOD JOB, BUT TURN THAT BASS DOWN
Hi. I just downloaded your first podcast which I think is great. I am really glad you are doing this. I have been a long-time reader of the old HNN.
One suggestion though, you need to put a bass cut and a pop filter in your recordings to cut out the microphone pops and other deep bass thumps that are making my speakers go nuts. Anybody listening to this with with good headphones or speakers that have good bass response will probably find this annoying as well.
Other than that little quibble, it is great to have this new service. Keep up the good work.
--Jeff Knapp, Poulsbo, Wash.
NOT ALL OLD DOGS WANT 'IPODS'!
I guess you've gone the way of the telephone companies--service the well-to-do only and the heck with the rest of the world, whether they depend on you or not.
For this senior citizen on a limited fixed income, going to an audio format for the Humanist Network News is out of the question -- my used computer has no audio card. Nor can I afford to have one put in right now. Your current issue is out of my league, literally. 'Guess you've defined your target audience to suit yourselves. This 'old dog ' started programming computers in the mid '60's, but these days, I have no use for an iPod, nor the money to upgrade my computer. I'm one very disappointed reader, and I wonder if I'm the only one.
--D. M. Wood, Somerset, N.J.
[Editor's Note: As we mentioned before, you do not need an iPod to listen to the audio HNN.]
LOVED THE PODCAST
I very much enjoyed your first PodCast. I did your homework assignment, and I found 307 GodCasts, 6 under humanism, and 9 under atheist.
I am delighted that you are doing your part to rectify this terrible imbalance. I do have some suggestions for future podcasts. First, more music if you can. Second, a transcript to read along with the audio. Third, you need better acoustic qualities where you record the podcast. Ideally, a small room with carpet or corkboard on the walls. Also, I would love to see you release a weekly podcast, perhaps one per month replacing the e-zine as now, and less critical or even entertainment only material on the other weeks. I realize your resources are limited, but I think this new venue will help secure a wider audience. And I personally would greatly enjoy it. I applaud the work you are doing. Don't stop.
--'Sedro' Ray Wall, Pontiac, Mich. Organization: The Bright's Network
PODCAST... WHATEVER NEXT!
Just listened to the Podcast... Great show... hope it goes well. Nice to put a voice to the face. Sweet Reason would be an interesting and usefull addition as well as a world news round up.
--Andrew Dixon, Isle of Man Organization: http://www.iomfreethinkers.co.uk
ANOTHER HUMANIST SONG
I just enjoyed the audio program for the first time and followed the links to some great Humanist anthems. For free, too!
Please find enclosed a very late addition to the Humanist song collection. We sang it here at a gather-up of the Humanist groups in Ireland, though it is more in the Dylan protest style than Irish folk music.
I hope you can add it to your links.
--Les Reid, Belfast Humanist Group, N Ireland
DON'T ABANDON THE PRINT VERSION
Please don't abandon your print version.
--Barbara Stocker, St. Louis, MO
Organization: Rationalist Society of St. Louis
AN APPRECIATIVE THANK YOU FROM BRITAIN
Dear Editor and staff,
Congratulations to you and your staff of Webmasters and Webmistresses and presenters on an excellent pod-caste performance! A great leap forward for the IHS and a wonderful new service for subscribers.
You are coming over loud and clear in England.
I would be happy to re-publish any of your material [articles and papers etc., on humanist themes in my Athenaeum Library, which is the largest non-commercial on-line library of philosophical source material on the Internet [60,000 to 80,000 visitors per day]
I already have lots of humanist stuff in the huge library, but I am always on the lookout for more well-written quality pieces like the stuff you write here.
Please give the ATHENAEUM LIBRARY a mention if you don't mind?
More power to your elbows guys and gals -- keep up the good fight -- you are doing a wonderful job.
Jud Evans, North West of England
Link URL: http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/study.htm
I like the idea of having your newsletter in podcast form, but the regular newsletter should still be available. Many people, such as myself, have dial-up and it takes a long time to download a podcast. I appreciate the newsletter service, but I thought you should know that many of your regular readers will not be able to listen to your podcast. (I'll be listening to at least this one, because I have the time.)
[Editor's Note: Through its grant fund, The Institute for Humanist Studies is a major financial supporter of the Secular Student Alliance. The SSA works to support the growing secular student movement in high schools and colleges. Through their Web site, anyone can request a group starting packet]
LET THE STUDENTS EXPLAIN
Now might be a good time for the school system to make this a topic for discussion in the classroom.
However, unless handled with tact and aplomb, I fear it could lead to an escalation of hostilities. Blatant visual displays of religion seems to be in vogue these days as conflicts based on religious affiliation dominate the news. The teacher might pose questions as to what each religion stands for, and in what manner its original teachings were intended for the betterment of mankind.
One must go beyond the symbols, dogma and blind adherence to tradition that has characterized organized religion for centuries. If, upon closer scrutiny, the students discover that their respective religions share common values and purpose, then perhaps their differences would seem diminished and everyone would feel more inclusive.
--M. Jones, Courtice, ON