Kick scientific truth forward! Let's produce Bright Simon's first book, posters and t-shirts to promote freethinking, facts, and fun.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look at Bright Simon's Guide to Being Smarter Than God. It's a multi-faceted project that includes a printed book, posters, stickers, and T-shirts, all designed to promote science and rational thinking. It revolves around an atheist character, Simon, who contrasts the dubious claims of beliefs with the verifiable proof of science. His motto is "Aren't You Curious?" and his goal is to promote knowledge and secular-based virtues in a friendly way through popular culture.
It's non-belief like you've never seen it before. We live in an increasingly visual society (Instagram and Pinterest are great examples), so design is essential to spreading important ideas. Bright Simon is a fun design brand that makes it easier to spread the word about scientific truth through today's digital media, including social networks.
Smarter than God? Really? The book reveals the clear distinction between what God "knows" versus what science has proven to be actually true. It's a fun, honest look at scientific fact, and aims to help people understand the difference between beliefs and evidence. If you know the facts, then, yes, you're way smarter than the gods that religious beliefs make up.
What are you raising the funds for? I'm launching this Kickstarter project in an effort to raise funds to publish and distribute Bright Simon's first book, along with a small compilation of posters, T-shirts, and stickers that are worth collecting, giving, and sharing. I also need some funds to build a proper website, pay trademark and other legal fees, as well as fund miscellaneous costs for starting Bright Simon as a legitimate business. My hope is that this project lays the foundation for future Bright Simon projects, including a secular curriculum series on human virtues.
What's your motivation? We live in a time when religious beliefs are holding humanity back from significant scientific advancement. Too many people refuse to accept proven facts about our world, and instead cling to beliefs about things that can't be verified. It's important for me to do everything I can to help people understand what's actually true, to promote the value of science, and to make it socially acceptable to be a non-believer or atheist. If we can embed science and free-thinking into popular culture, especially for young people, we can make the world a smarter, healthier, and safer place for everyone.
I hope that Bright Simon can be a bright beacon of scientific truth in today's belief-dependent society. Thank you for your support!
Here's a peek at the rewards:
STRETCH GOAL #1!
If we can raise $16,000 for Bright Simon's Kickstarter project, I'll include ANOTHER book to everyone who backs the project at the $75 level and up—the first volume in the Bright Simon's Handbook of Virtues for Freethinkers series: Compassion. See the cover below! (Note: If successful, this book may not ship until January. If that happens, I'll ship it separately and make sure you get your other rewards by November.)
PLUS I will be able to print Bright Simon's Guide to Being Smarter Than God in COLOR (all the interior pages)! The book will be a lot better in color, so let's make this stretch goal!
STRETCH GOAL #2!
If we can raise $24,000 for this project, I'll include the Compassion book for everyone at the $25 level and up.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I've already completed writing and designing the book and all the rewards for this project. Aside from finalizing some routine pre-production details, everything's ready to go once the project is fully funded. I've received cost and scheduling estimates from my printing vendors, but in the months between now and the projected delivery dates, sometimes details can change that may delay production. It would be unusual for that to happen, but it's certainly possible. Either way, if you become a backer, you can rest assured you will get your rewards, most likely on the projected date.
While it's not a risk, one challenge about this project is the shipping expense. I would love to keep the reward costs down as much as possible, but shipping costs are very expensive these days, especially internationally. In fact, it costs far more to ship a poster or t-shirt than it costs to make a poster or t-shirt! BUT I hope you'll agree with me that this project is definitely worth it.
I sincerely apologize that the costs for shipping overseas is so expensive, but they're my actual costs for shipping based on the average for three of the farthest countries I have to ship to. The shipping tubes are surprisingly costly, even with the light weight. Plus I have to send two separate packages if the reward includes a poster and a book. I promise you I'm not making any extra money on the international shipping fees.
Nope. Kickstarter exists to help creative & artistic projects get funded. The $8,000 I'm trying to raise for this project will only cover the costs mentioned above: production of the book, posters, stickers, and t-shirts; postage to mail them to the backers, and a few hundred dollars for website development and legal fees. If I could do the project for less, I definitely would. If I had $8,000 in my bank account, I'd fund it myself. (Actually, I am putting a lot of my own money into this project, so in a way I'm a backer, too.)
One of the biggest expenses is for the posters (around $3000). Posters are cheap only in higher volumes, so I'm planning print runs of 1,000 (which costs roughly the same as anything fewer than 1,000). I'm hoping to spread the word about science and rational thinking in as many places as I can, so the posters, t-shirts and stickers will allow me and others to be able to do that.
"Off" is not a TV channel. So, no. Just trying to help people (fence sitters, especially) see beyond their beliefs and learn to accept facts and evidence. That ain't religious.
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