Humanists in the News: Toledo Secular Humanists Aspire to Create Community

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Source: The Blade  Shawn Meagley and Douglas Berger have co-organized an organization called Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie, or SHoWLE. Berger brings years of experience in leadership within the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. Though there are currently organized groups for atheists and skeptics in the area, the region has yet to see a secular humanist organization.     […]

Humanism in the News: Humanism as a Source of Values in 21st Century Wales

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Source: WalesOnline June 21st marked World Humanism Day. In Wales, former Counsel General Mick Antoniw argued that the ideology is an important, even necessary source of values for Wales, which is becoming increasingly secular. In his essay, published by WalesOnline, he envisions Humanism as the ideology that will unite the country. According to Antoniw, the […]

When the Media Gets it Wrong: Misunderstanding Humanism

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Every once in a while, I do a Google News search for the terms “Humanism” and “New Humanism.” I am almost always disappointed—not because humanists around the world are behaving poorly (we’re not, I promise), but because of the misuse of the word itself. Journalists and columnists use the term “Humanism” to describe the phenomenon […]

Humanists in the News: U.S. Navy Rejects Secular Humanist Chaplain’s Application

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Jason Heap has been denied the opportunity to join the Chaplain Corps. Despite receiving a recommendation from the Navy Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory Board, the Navy rejected the application amid strong pushback from congressional Republicans. In early March, the United States Navy received a letter written by Senator Roger Wicker (RMS) and 22 […]

Humanists in the News: Steven Pinker Receives Humanist Award

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Steven A. Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard University, has received the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. He accepted the prestigious award at a ceremony produced by the Humanist Hub at the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics earlier in March. Pinker has worked with HCHAA and the Humanist Hub for several […]

The World Through a Humanist’s Eyes

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Because Humanism emphasizes the importance of human agency and critical thought, proponents of the outlook believe that humans must claim responsibility for ongoing global conflict, be it physical or political. Nothing is left to chance; everything that has happened—from political election results to the outcome of wars and battles—is the result of human action, not […]

What Do Humanists Believe In?

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Still not totally sure what it means to be a Humanist? Here is a quick list of things we believe in:   Civil liberties Human rights Church-state separation (secularism) Participatory democracy in government, the workplace, and education Global consciousness International exchange of thoughts and products Open discussion of social problems   The International Humanist and […]

What’s the Deal with New Humanism?

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If you’re visiting this blog, you probably have some interest in Humanism in one of its forms. Therefore, I should first delineate how New Humanism is different from your standard, run-of-the-mill Humanism. The latter is simple; it is the outlook or thought that importance should be placed on physical, tangible human existence rather than the […]

The New Humanist Logo and Vision

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 We designed the old logo for the New Humanist, in part, as an homage to William Carlos Williams’ poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow.”   so much depends upon   a red wheel barrow   glazed with rain water   beside the white chickens.     To me, this short poem captures what’s best about New Humanism. […]

Welcome to the Blog!

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Hi there! My name is Alice, and I’m a (New) Humanist. If you’ve landed on my blog, I can only assume that you are interested in Humanism for personal, academic, or conversational reasons. This blog is devoted to helping others understand Humanism and its various forms and applications. I discovered Humanism and New Humanism as […]