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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?

People have asked why I’m not in favour of the CONs standing down to give the BXP a clear run in those seats where the BXP is ahead. Answer: There aren’t any. But there are some seats where supporting the BXP wouldn’t hurt the CONs. Chapter and verse here https://t.co/KgQfkJ7U9v

Hey folks,

If you’re interested in the question of how we might fix civilization so that it functions better and lasts indefinitely, have a listen to my recent conversation with my friend and collaborator @jim_rutt

#GameB #EmancipationParty #4thFrontier


We are very excited to speak with @peterboghossian live, about his new book "How to Have Impossible Conversations", and the general stance on dialogue in today's social media driven world. Join us Wednesday 11/13 at 7:00 PM Central: https://t.co/VPX4o4YPkz

Antisemitism is racism. Racism is bad. It is used by fascists to scapegoat a certain group, so that a larger group can be hoodwinked into sleepwalking into tyranny. Antisemitism is the *only* form of racism that unites all fascists: far-left, far-right & theocratic Islamists.

"The failure to engage with groups different to ourselves may increase the probability of seeing them as a threat or as the enemy, and thereby stimulate the conditions for conflict." https://t.co/gOBlpkbRmq

We are delighted to announce our first live interview with @TitaniaMcGrath & her creator @andrewdoyle_com at @billmurraypub

This is going to sell out super quickly. Buy a ticket immediately otherwise the patriarchy wins!

Link is underneath

Joe Biden's work as v.p. to end campus sexual assault was a worthy effort that went badly awry. What does it say about how how he would govern? My latest @Reason.https://t.co/yRFBkHNuMh

New episode coming later today. @peez and @tamler on the famous split brain experiments, what they tell us about consciousness and the self. Plus, physicists may be able to determine whether we're living in a simulation - but is it too risky to find out? https://t.co/NI6nVdtRAN

I think college journalists are adult enough that it’s condescending to say they’ve just made a “mistake” when what they’ve done is officially and with deliberation announce a position antithetical to the concept of journalism.

A video showing Boris Johnson endorsing Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister has just landed online, another shows Corbyn backing Johnson.

Confused? Well they’re deep fakes created by @futureadvocacy & I’ve been behind the scenes for the making of them for @VictoriaLIVE >

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