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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?

"Through open source material, repeated travel to the country and first-hand interviews with exiles, @annafifield covers what can be known about Kim Jong-un," writes @DouglasKMurray


If you advocate punching people who are fascists, you open yourself up to being punched because those who advocate punching other people for what they believe can be considered fascists.

. @IonaItalia weighs in on my conversation with @mboudry on @LetterWiki re whether or not one can choose their beliefs.



In at least one way, the Romans were more technologically advanced than we are. Means that civilization truly can regress for 1000+ years.

New book: Concepts in the Brain: The View From Cross-linguistic Diversity by David Kemmerer.. https://t.co/3nrY2RnIV3 via @amazon

England’s association with Muslims heightened during the reign of Elizabeth the I. The King of Morocco regularly charged his emissary to the court of Queen Elizabeth with ways to undermine the King of Spain who they collectively feared. In the end, the Spanish Armada was defeated

Maybe I'm being naive, but hard for me to see what China could do to stop this. Hong Kongers are not going to back down, and the world's eyes are on the situation.


They literally have no other plan beyond “Stop Immigrants”.
There’s the Brexit campaign in a nutshell: “No plan, just stop immigrants”. That’s what they should have put on their bus.

These are our nurses, doctors, midwives, care-workers, teachers, farm-workers, scientists, academics.
They’re our friends, colleagues, neighbours, parents, grandparents.
And we’re saying: fuck right off and if you're out of the country on 1st Nov, tough. https://t.co/jQ2CIt7JLg

Never forget: there is no reason for Brexit. None. It is self-inflicted lunacy. “The Businesses Stockpiling For A 'Disastrous' No-Deal Brexit” | HuffPost UK https://t.co/B3h0PaRPi7

MPs must now do the right thing. Given the spectacular lack of preparedness and immediate damage of No Deal in leaked Operation Yellowhammer docs + long term disastrous consequences there must be a bridge government, deadline extension + general election https://t.co/qgCfMgBkiC

If Harriet Harman is acceptable to Tories like Dominic Grieve, as interim PM, she should be supported by Labour & voted in to lead a GNU. Party politics must give way to unity for a while, to steer UK out of a mess largely created by unelected PM BJ.

Pleased to join MPs from across the House in signing this letter to demand PM recalls Parliament

This a national emergency. There is no mandate for a reckless No Deal #Brexit. Johnson & Cummings want to gag our democracy

RT if you believe @BorisJohnson should #RecallNow


At the Guardian we deplore the outrageous attack on Owen Jones that took place late last night. Violent assaults on journalists or activists have no place in a democratic society https://t.co/CuXEZ13hhh

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