Welcome to OughtThoughts.com - where theological humanist, writer and speaker* Duane Aubin hangs his hat. 

About the bird

The story of how the penguin became my mascot provides a good feel for where I'm coming from, and where I'm going.

About the books and papers

The tabs across the top of the site connect to descriptions for and samples of each of my books, manuscripts and papers.

About the blog

William Lloyd Garrison, on announcing his new newspaper The Liberator in 1831, declared 
I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave population...I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.”
Back then, the media for disseminating ideas included pamphlets, newsletters and newspapers, distributed in print; today, media includes blogs, websites and social media  outlets distributed on the internet.

OughtThoughts.com is my primary platform from which to contribute to social discourse as a theological humanist and humanities generalist, recognizing that quality of life benefits from a balanced appreciation of sciences and humanities. While the humanities are less fashionable than sciences and technology these days, they are no less important, and Ought Thoughts will lend its voice to balance, joining those who champion the enduring importance and relevance of the humanities in step with the sciences.

About the focused blogs

Additionally, the below five focused blogs support touch points to other areas of society. Several of these blogs are collaborative, providing an opportunity for my colleagues to also develop their own style, present their own voice, and cultivate community.

I find spots such as this one to be great places to chat.

* Writing has a very solitary component to it, both in terms of doing research (much by reading), as well as in getting ideas written down in an organized manner. Dynamic social interaction is also required to be a good writer since the purpose is to communicate ideas to others, and good ideas are made better with social interaction at the ingredient stage. Speaking extends beyond to involve even more dynamic social interaction in delivery and dialog. Of the two, I enjoy speaking a little more, because of the social component, the interaction, the conversation. Contact me to discuss doing a talk or seminar series for you, based on the material I cover.

About the card and logo

I regularly get rave compliments on my business cards. I am very thankful to Dean Lloyd at Verb Strategy & Creative for his gifted creativity in the design of my logo and cards.

To connect
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  • email aubin (at symbol) oughtthoughts (dot) com
  • follow @oughtthoughts on Twitter
  • check out OughtThoughtsTV (Youtube channel)


kyle johnston said...

I was very glad to attend your session at Durham College. I wanted to tell you something interesting that is a big factor in how our culture has changed, Technology! Today one smart phone has more computer power than all of NASA when they put 2 men on the moon in 1960. This fact tells us how quickly our technology has changed which affects how quickly our culture is changing. Our technology is evolving much quicker than our cultures and is forcing a change that is making it harder for us to adapt. This makes diversity a bigger challenge, to get us one step closer to equality we need to be using these technologies to evolve ourselves bringing us closer to equality!

DA said...

Hey Kyle,

Thanks for being a part of it, mate.

Yes indeed, from the reed stylus for cuneiform evolving abstract written communication, to the Gutenberg press recognized as the critical accelerator of the Reformation, technology - especially info/communications technology - has always had a profound impact upon society.

It's true, the changes are coming so fast that it's very difficult to keep up, let alone adapt (I haven't figured out the value/purpose for Pinterest...and then along comes Instagram!)

I agree with you, both that today's technology presents many new societal challenges; but also, more importantly, that technology can facilitate the leveraging of diversity's value for benefit to all.

When we speak of culture, too often the effort is expended to preserve what was, the past, our heritage, our history... insofar as we agree that culture evolves, we need to be intentional about how we navigate the path forwards towards tomorrow's Canadian culture that will be a mix of the various cultures that make up our demographic landscape.

I hope you'll keep me posted with thoughts you have, so that Ought Thoughts can continue to constructively contribute to the conversation :-)