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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?

During her near-six hour cross examination, Hewitt-Clarkson said she believed that 85% of the parents were supportive of equality teaching, but that the situation has been stoked by 'individuals seeking to foster division.' https://t.co/4y5bFdzvkZ

"For any task, change the formal process at least annually -- ideally making it more time consuming. If your underlings are allowed to get used to a process, they will soon have the time and institutional understanding to recognize your mistakes and challenge your position."

These “anti-imperialists” vociferously opposed *every single* attempt to protect the people of Syria from both Assad and ISIS.

This form of politics is *defined* by its abdication of any sense of responsibility.

‘I behaved this way because I must have known on some unconscious level that, at 25, I had more of a certain kind of power than I was ever going to have in my life..’

Which supports an observation by ⁦@DouglasKMurray⁩ in The Madness of Crowds. https://t.co/rLNXoFwWyK

In February I exposed how IARC is tied to US tort lawyers.
In September I showed 30 corruptions in IARC.
I provided evidence for each scandal.
No media interest.


-Bambi perception of cancer scientists?
-Closed echo chambers?
-Media incapacity?


One thing the Booker Prize split decision perhaps shows is how impossible and ridiculous judging the "best" literary novel in a yearly competition actually is. And I speak as a former judge...

According to @Ofstednews, up to 6,000 children are at risk in #illegalschools across England. Evidence shows that children are exposed to homophobic, misogynistic and #extremist literature. Join us, Nov 5th @ConwayHall. #apostasy #faithschools #education


‘Humanists feel it is their responsibility to challenge discrimination and injustice and to try to build a more fair and equal society.’ Join @theAliceRoberts and sign up to 'Humanist Lives' today! https://t.co/e1SW4JzxXw

My kingdom for a live word count in Google Docs that...

(1) Updates live as I type or delete

(2) specifically counts the words in one zone only within the document (e.g. not including abstract and references).

Superb Barnstormers #Comedy night in prospect @ArtrixArts Sat 26th Oct @nikcoppin MCs @JonNewtonComedy @M_Stellingwerf @RichMortonSound Details: https://t.co/kH9NcnFK2Q @AndromedaTalent @gag_reflex #Bromsgrove #Worcestershire #standup #standupcomedy

I’d rather have a burgundy coloured EU passport than a blue coloured UK-only passport. I’d rather be an internationalist than an isolationist. Please retweet if you agree.

Alistair Williams @awilliamscomedy

“It makes me laugh when comedians lionise Chapelle in the U.K. If we did those jokes we’d get cancelled ”


@KonstantinKisin @failinghuman

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