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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?

When government initially pushed the polio vaccine, it actually caused new polio cases. This doesn't mean vaccinations are bad, but merely that we need to be cautious not to rush the scientific process for the sake of politics.
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“Churches and other places of worship should be free to open as soon as it is safe to do so.” Our chief exec is quoted in this piece about church leaders claiming the closure of churches is an 'extreme interference' with human rights.

Escape this planet and let your mind wander to another 🌎
It's your last chance to watch our performance of Holst's The Planets with @ProfBrianCox - available on @BBCiPlayer until Sunday 10.30pm! https://t.co/V3vRUQ0Glt

I can confirm that if you write about Michael Jackson you get dozens of angry fans demanding you watch a YouTube documentary and if you write about Yeats you get one guy politely suggesting that you could have said more about the Irish political context in 1919.

UK Parliament: Public Vote of No Confidence in PM Johnson - Well, it is worth showing what many of us think. If you agree, please sign the Petition and urge others to do so. https://t.co/v5UM2BiJT0 via @UKChange

New analysis of SARS-CoV-2 shows "the simple story of an animal in a market infected by a bat that then infected several human beings no longer looks credible." Looks like 1 person brought a virus that was already adept at human transmission to the market:

"There is simply no single inventor or thinker to whom we may credit the birth of the computer, nor are its origins fixed at a single point in time." https://t.co/C3BQpOIVTZ

The first case could have been a rural farmer or possibly a bat researcher collecting samples for virologists: https://t.co/mZs0yZnqH4

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In case you missed it, here are two chats that I held this week with truly outstanding thinkers and gentlemen:

@mattwridley: https://t.co/Y68rju4Vua
@EricTopol: https://t.co/HB4HExB8Lm

My chat with the equally wonderful @michaelshermer will soon be up.

Your copy of the UK edition isn't out of stock or spending a long time in shipping.

It was delayed to 25th June (but has an epilogue about the pandemic), and Amazon's system hasn't reflected that: https://t.co/SLB7YRpP7H

Apologies for the confusion!

Hard to know now which policies against COVID work best, but 1 index is deaths/capita/day, aligned w outbreak. OWID graph shows US doing poorly; Sweden far worse than Norway (& is 1 of the worst rich countries). https://t.co/HdZ7t5NqHa

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