To help secularists think about what's essential for living a good life they had a contest. People were asked to submit their own ten commandments, one at a time. For each commandment chosen they would give that person $1000, for a total of $10,000 to ten people. Here are the final results:
1) Be open minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.You'll notice (among other things) that if you follow the link three different people submitted the same command, numbers 1, 3, and 9.
2) Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
3) Be open minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
4) Every person has the right to control over their body.
5) God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
6) Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognise that you must take responsibility for them.
7) Treat others as you would want them to treat you and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
8) We have the responsibility to consider others including future generations
9) Be open minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
10) Leave the world a better place than you found it. LINK.
We're told the prize money was already awarded.
Since money is involved and integrity at stake I'm glad I was not one of the judges. A list of the judges can be found here, which includes Adam Savage, Robyn Blumner, Greg Epstein, Hemant Mehta, Greta Christina, Dan Barker, Matt Dillahunty, Dave Silverman, and August E. Brunsman IV. There were many people who submitted 2824 commands in good faith that this wouldn't happen. It needs some explanation don't you think? As it stands it just doesn't seem fair to all of the participants. It looks arbitrary at best. If the results were based on votes, or generated by computer hits, them I'm unsure why the judges were needed. Let's hope it's just a glitch.