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On the ground

Sometimes, humanists will devote their time and attention to helping individuals in need in their local community. Often, this will not be carried out under the banner of ‘humanism’. Below, …

The environment

Gaia Vince is an environmental journalist, broadcaster, and author. Her book Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made was published in 2015. ‘Although …

Animal Welfare

How do we treat animals? We keep animals for a range of reasons – as pets, for food, for entertainment or education, and to experiment upon. These animals experience a …

Charity

Naomi Phillips has worked in the non-profit sector for fifteen years. She has worked in policy, research, and campaigns for Mind, and Breast Cancer Now, and is currently Director of …

The humanist contribution

‘Faith without works is not Christianity, and unbelief without any effort to help shoulder the consequences for mankind is not humanism.’ Harold Blackham, founder of the British Humanist Association Often, …

The best time to live

‘If you had to choose one moment in history in which to be born, and you didn’t know in advance whether you were going to be male or female, which …

Making things better: Introduction

This week we’ll explore the contribution humanism has made to human development and we’ll investigate some of the humanist goals for the future. We’ll meet humanists working in diverse ways …

More to life: Summary

This week This week we met humanists who had something to share about where they find joy in being human. For some, this hunger to make the most of life …

Humanism and community

Not all humanists will gather with other humanists in any organised sense, and there is certainly no obligation to do so. Many will get all the community they need from …

Connections

‘Only connect!’ EM Forster, author and humanist The one inescapable fact about human life is that it ends. Humanists recognise our mortality. They do not engage in wishful thinking about …

Humanism and music

Frank Turner is a punk and folk singer-songwriter. In 2018 he released his seventh studio album, Be More Kind. He is a Patron of Humanists UK. Question: How can the …

Humanism and art

Briony Kapoor is the Creative Director of the IMOS Foundation, a charity that commissions gifted and undiscovered artists to make works of art, and then displays them in the public …

The role of stories

Suppose you set out to give a minute-by-minute account of your life – got up today, went to the bathroom, got dressed, put the kettle on… Even if it could …

Stories and myths

Natalie Haynes is a classicist, comedian, and writer. She is the author of several books including The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.