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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?

The Labour leadership & Deputy leadership vote is nearly upon us.

My vote will be for Rebecca Long Bailey & Richard Burgon.

No 2nd OR 3rd choice for leader.

2nd choice for Deputy will be Dawn Butler.

If you are from the left don't give a 2nd or 3rd choice for leader!

"The obvious fact that there are very many things that nature will never cure, no matter how many times you swim the lake or climb the tree or hike over the hill, too often gets trampled out of sight" https://t.co/9lCmKVkerc

The modern world not only makes us a tempting target for new diseases.

It also gives us new tools to combat them: https://t.co/lpJGFTW5VK

Watch @Baddiel's brilliant documentary on Holocaust Denial and Facebook’s role in amplifying this dangerous lie. Those who deny the Holocaust aim to encourage another one.

Portugal became a democracy in 1974. And what a democracy it is today. Portugal's progressive laws on various issues - including assisted dying - reflect a broadly liberal and compassionate public whose views are generally acted on by politicians. https://t.co/4FjOl9bYKL

What should you eat this weekend? @Judith_Finlay has some answers from her new book @robertrosebooks
Give it a listen as we talk:
—epigenetics & epidemiology
—determining causality in medicine
—poverty & epigenetics
—fruits & vegetables or meat & fat?

Prime example of biased science.

This is a questionnaire designed to get the answers the researcher wants.

All the monogamous scenarios are described as "fun" and "good". Positively value-laden words that are lacking in the other scenarios.

David had a great time talking to students last night at @CityUniLondon about how to pursue a career in animal law. He was joined by @tjamesmatthews and @CosmicSkeptic 🐑🐟🐾

#animallaw #animalprotection #FridayVibes

There’s no reason to doubt that this would work for humans – it’s technically feasible. You could have a baby that glows in the dark. Perfect for Hallowe’en.


A powerful antibiotic that kills some of the most dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in the world has been discovered using artificial intelligence. The drug works in a different way to existing antibacterials & is the first of its kind to be found by an AI https://t.co/rGi6FwhCBP

Extremely disappointing news. Even though the majority of respondents support a change in the RCGP's stance on assisted dying, RCGP will continue to oppose a change in law. https://t.co/sHh8L2hSly #AssistedDying

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