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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

A social group for humanists, atheists, secularists, sceptics and agnostics


Welcome to the 2019 website of the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group. Our group provides an opportunity for like-minded people to meet and discuss humanist values, principles and related subjects and to promote an awareness of the philosophy of humanism to the wider public. The past two decades has seen a significant increase in the number of local groups springing up around the country and although the Hull and East Riding group is small in size (about a dozen regular attendees) we think that there is every reason to hope that the number of people adopting a humanist world-view will continue to increase with time. If you are interested in science, philosophy and debating secular ethics, our meetings are definitely for you, it’s free with a voluntary donation of £1 per meeting, why not give it a try? If you would like to ask any questions about humanism or the activities of our group, please email Tim Stephenson, the group secretary (tim.stephenson@herhg.org.uk).

We had our first meeting on 15th September 2008, originally meeting in The Olde White Harte in Hull City Centre, moving to the Friends Meeting House in Bean Street in January 2009, then back to the Olde White Harte in April 2010, then moving to the Tiger Inn in Lairgate Beverley in January 2012 and then moving to the Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute in January 2019.  We have regular meetings advertised on this website. Between 2010-2012 we also ran a succesfull campaign to have the well-known Scientist, Humanist and Broadcaster Jacob Bronowski recognised with a commemorative blue heritage plaque at his former home in Cottingham. Jacob Bronowski lived and taught in Hull in 1940 and made the TV documentary the Ascent of Man in 1973.

Donations made to the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group using the link above are gratefully received.

What is Humanism?

Humanism is the belief that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. We take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good.Humanism encompasses atheism and agnosticism but is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than these negative responses to religion. The 2011 Census showed a large increase in the number of people in our region stating explicitly that they had no religion (25% of the population).

How do we know what is true?

What should we think about death?

What makes something right or wrong?

How can I be happy?

This is the most important lecture I’ve watched in the last year. By @WinchesterProf

“Beyond belief: gender, science and ideology”


Here was a quango acting as judge, jury and executioner, deterring young people from politics, and with expensive lawyers at its beck and call – paid for by you, the taxpayer: https://t.co/hWPMpohO9Q

"In today’s wars, communities around the world have found ways to protect themselves." Chitra Nagarajan reports from northern Nigeria https://t.co/ZHFDZcBhPX

Now every other major party, however briefly, has had a female leader, save Labour:

Tories: Margaret Thatcher, 1975
Plaid: Leanne Wood, 2012
SNP: Nicola Sturgeon, 2014
DUP: Arlene Foster, 2015
UKIP: Diane James, 2016
SF: Michelle O’Neill, 2017
Libs: Jo Swinson, 2019

Lab: N/A

3 media interviews. Same question every time: "Why are *so many* comedians doing shows about free speech and wokeness at Edinburgh festival?"

It's like 4 of us. That's considered "so many" when there's 100s wanging on about how oppressed they are by their lactose intolerance.

ScreenJunkies’ Andy Signore was falsely accused of sexual assault at the height of the #metoo movement and he can prove his innocence. He flirted, he cheated, but he never assaulted anyone. The outrage mob took him down based on hearsay

He’s speaking out. https://t.co/G2YUM9EIYg

Many people have said I can't complain about people buying from Amazon if my books are sold by them.
They're in fantasy land if they think an author can stop Amazon selling their books.
Consumers have a choice about where to buy, authors don't have a choice about who sells.

Julian Baggini@microphilosophy

Amazon is 25 – let’s burst its birthday balloon https://t.co/9R9qLVTwho

Heartening to see such a positive response, but sad to see homophobic anti-RSE protests spreading. Any school targeted by these protesters needs our support.

The NSS is and has been doing great work on this including exposing the misinformation campaign: https://t.co/RkZ2mkWZSB https://t.co/jBDxpBbS7W

Punky Reggae Party' tonight Mon 22nd July @HullKRFM 8pm Vintage #Punk and #Reggae tunes #newwave #ska #postpunk #rocksteady Online: https://t.co/5HQ5xBaMef @RichCundill @RichMortonSound @DaveyHull #punkrock #reggaemusic @AndromedaTalent

Congratulations to @joswinson on her election as @LibDems leader! She's just become the first party leader to have had a humanist marriage. Here's what she told @HSLibDems recently about her support for legal recognition in England and Wales

"We perceive mostly during periods when our eyes are fixed upon something. Our brains construct the rest of our visual world, filling in the gaps." https://t.co/0IJamyJq4Q

“One is a lion and the other a fox, but a successful leader must be both,” Dr @CRJFear writes. #BorisJohnson #JeremyHunt #ToryLeadershipContest #Brexit https://t.co/9XX1qk101r via @PMPmagToday

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