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Humanism is a life philosophy based on compassion and reason.

Morality explained: the new science of right and wrong, Oliver Scott Curry – Darwin Day Lecture 2021…

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Date: February 28, 2021

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“In 1859, Charles Darwin turned humanity’s understanding of our place in the universe on its head. Humans have not existed since the dawn of the universe as we are today, but in fact are among the descendants of an unbroken chain of ancestors stretching back billions of years. The same is true for every living creature on Earth – our extended family tree.

In 1871’s ‘Descent of Man’, Darwin applied his theory to human nature, and to morality. He argued that ‘the so-called moral sense is originally derived from the social instincts’, and that ‘any animal whatever, endowed with well-marked social instincts…would inevitably acquire a moral sense or conscience, as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well, or nearly as well developed, as in man’.

At the Darwin Day Lecture 2021, Dr Oliver Scott Curry presents the latest scientific explanation of morality.

This new science of right and wrong answers such questions as: How do ‘selfish genes’ make selfless people? Are there ‘genes for’ morality? When does morality emerge in children? How many moral values are there? Are there any universal moral rules, found in all cultures? How and why do individuals and societies have different moral values? And what does science tell us about how we ought to behave?

The answers to these questions show that Darwin was on the right track. Morality is deeply rooted in human nature, part of our evolutionary heritage. A hopeful message in a year when we have relied on one another more than usual, to overcome the common challenge of covid.”

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Secularism around the world, with Andrew Copson, Samira Ahmed, Nazila Ghanea, and Tariq Modood…

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Date: January 27, 2021

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“Multi-award winning journalist Samira Ahmed chairs an expert panel, including Humanists UK Chief Executive and author of Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom Andrew Copson, Dr Nazila Ghanea, and Professor Tariq Modood, hearing from a panel of experts about secularism around the world and the challenges it faces.

The speakers evaluate the different forms and varieties of secularism around the world; from the US to France, from Norway to India. They discussed the effects Joe Biden’s presidency might have on freedom of religion or belief around the world over the next four years, and challenges in nations of particular concern, such as China’s human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims.

Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson said:

‘Three years on from the publication of Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom, the world seems a more challenging place. The continued rise of intolerant states should give us all pause for thought about where we’re heading. It is only by fostering a global sense of equality and freedom – of religion, belief, to live our lives as we wish without impinging on the rights of others – that we can create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail.’

‘Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom’, since republished as ‘Secularism: A Very Short Introduction’, is available in all good bookstores.”

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The Humanist Hour #228: Lucien Greaves on the Satanic Temple…

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Date: August 19, 2020

01) The Humanist Hour #228: Lucien Greaves on the Satanic Temple

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“The Satanic Temple (TST) are passionate about fighting religious favoritism and pursuing fair and equal application of the law. For example, they’ve received attention for trying to get statues of the deity Baphomet erected on public grounds in Oklahoma and in Arkansas, alongside monuments depicting the Ten Commandments. They’ve also launched after-school Satan clubs, in response to the Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good News Clubs, which meet in public schools with an unmistakeable and rather aggressive religious agenda.

The Humanist Hour recently had the pleasure of speaking with Lucien Greaves, one of the organization’s cofounders. We discussed the origins of TST, their philosophy, and several of their ongoing projects.”

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The Humanist Hour #74: Bad Religion…

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Date: June 05, 2012

01) The Humanist Hour #74: Bad Religion


“In this month’s Humanist Hour podcast, Todd Stiefel and guest co-host Scott Burdick interview Bad Religion lead vocalist Greg Graffin and bassist Jay Bentley backstage at the Reason Rally. Thanks to Scott Burdick for capturing and providing the Humanist Hour with the audio content for this month!”

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