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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?

So sad to learn that John Prine died today due to complications from coronavirus. His music moved so many of us over the years. I cherish a memory of standing beside him offstage when I worked at Mariposa folk festival in the 70's, singing along with whoever was playing onstage.

Someone suggested to me the 5 min physics videos should have a hashtag, which I usually don't use for some reason..maybe to save space...anyway here goes. #5minphysics https://t.co/8yT7t5pTqF

My Google Maps timelines

January: I went to Bali, Gili Trawangan, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Singapore, & San Francisco on honeymoon with @sentientist

March: I went to 11 places in Albuquerque within 4 miles of my house.

It is an open secret among international diplomats and public health experts that WHO is “not fit for mission” (as one of them put it to me), riddled with politics and bureaucracy: https://t.co/WTUPmPGpWx

Into the garden to prepare for the arrival of the first guests

The birds and the bees (and the flowers and the trees, and the Moon up above (later) )


#gardenwatch = #naturewatch = ....

Thank you so much to the @Crisis_UK frontline staff working tirelessly to help homeless people cope with the threat of coronavirus. For anyone looking for a way to help, you can support Crisis' work here: https://t.co/wovba6VULF. Thank you everyone and please stay safe. https://t.co/aWShvIJfJg

Very dull tech tweet. It is mad that @finaldraftinc 9 doesn’t work on Mac OS Catalina and the only way round is to buy a new version. There, I’ve said it.

"Fake news" is a bit like "implicit bias", "stereotype threat" and "microaggression" -- tremendous academic interest in things for which the evidence bases for their importance in the real world is poor. https://t.co/F13unnXDDp

If you hadn’t noticed, my #Covid19 curiosity is slowly but surely moving from epidemiological models to economic consequences. Though, on the latter, I’m on a slightly surer amateur footing. There will be more from me on this in the coming weeks.

The 5th DarkHorse Podcast Live-Stream with @HeatherEHeying begins at 3:30pm Pacific: Why Covid-19 kills, and how to stay alive.

Join us!


Ok all, thanks for that speedy macro economics course -I think I’ll do some further reading now. Basic conclusion: money rests on our confidence that it has value. We could all shift our expectations around that confidence in theory, but practically,it would be nigh on impossible

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