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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?

"I’m glad that serious literary types are starting to embrace lurid subject matter as enthusiastically as pop-fiction writers always have. But they shouldn’t be celebrated as groundbreakers" https://t.co/bStbEfhaFW

Curious as to why many people seem to be drifting further towards political extremes? The new book by @CassSunstein explains why extremism is often the natural result of group deliberation https://t.co/UIr6jls9Si

IRONY: Journalism watchdog @CJR publishes a piece riddled with errors & unfounded smears in an attempt to tarnish @Quillette with the sin of publishing errors & unfounded smears.

A must read from @jonkay: https://t.co/6laOjWM7cd

I’m really really really really trying to take the high road this week In light of my interview with Eckhart Tolle tomorrow.

That said, @ChrisCuomo not only doesn’t know what he’s talking about, his big head (compared to guests) explains it all.

I’m really really really trying.

Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸@JackPosobiec

Chris Cuomo says the phrase “concentration camps” has no Nazi connotations but “America First” does

This is CNN

I see the United States is currently having a debate about whether it's accurate to describe concentrating innocent civilians in camps as concentration camps. (Spoiler: it is!)

Ants! All over a United flight. Spilled out of some guys carry-on bag. Forced plane out of service. Why would he pack them?


"The most open forms of discrimination I saw against transgender prisoners were typically committed by neophyte Muslims—recent converts who felt they had to follow the Koran literally." https://t.co/THdbwzXmZV

If I had to guess I would say yes, we are the only technologically advanced civilisation in the Milky Way at the present time. That’s of course a hell of a guess (!) based mainly on the fact that it took 3.8 billion years to go from the origin of life to a civilisation on Earth.

Mark Thompson DSc@PeoplesAstro

What do you think? Are we alone? https://t.co/TSOv1q4IDK

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