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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?

Fitz cannot comprehend that freedom for both him & Israel Folau means the freedom to hold very wrong beliefs...even to dress up like a superannuated pirate on TV https://t.co/t6JRhu8eaj

Typical. You pay $15/hour, but I won’t. You provide Medicare for all, but Vermont won’t. The problem with Socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money. When it comes to paying his own campaign, Bernie doesn’t want to run out of HIS own money. Socialism never works. https://t.co/qKb3ATNRWM

Tarantula Xenesthis immanis keeps small frog Chiasmocleis ventrimaculata as a "pet," to eat insects that eat the spider's eggs. In return the frog receives protection, in a so called relationship of commensalism https://t.co/SV3RVWNo9d

How will political deepfakes shape the 2020 and 2024 elections? In this video @jmrphy and I chat about the social, political, sexual, & cultural implications of deepfakes and augmented reality.

In a fully functioning democracy it's crucial that a body like the @ElectoralCommUK is impartial and competent - in the case of @darrengrimes_ it appears to have been neither https://t.co/yPkztNeXZ5

Finishing up @SteveStuWill’s The Ape That Understood the Universe. A thought-provoking read dealing with evolutionary psychology, cultural evolution and memetics. While a couple of those concepts are considered controversial, Steve lays them out entertainingly and convincingly.

"The FaceApp craze is troubling for many reasons. For one, white people posting photos of their aging faces only serves as a depressing reminder of how long many of them will live," writes Godfrey Elfwick


Different ways of measuring the Hubble constant get different values: 74, 67, or 70. There is no non-contrived cosmological model that accounts for this.

This seems extremely likely to be a systematic error somewhere, not new physics. I hope I’m wrong. https://t.co/mHPtqM9kxj

Let’s be clear, this is the Shadow Chancellor celebrating the actions of an organisation that wants to collapse the economy.

Just think about that.

@Iromg @DavidRoseUK @labourleave

https://t.co/Zl0DomNGMn https://t.co/uutWhPZ7CX

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