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Humanism - what is it all about?

An introduction to Humanism

Sara Passmore

on 27 February 2014

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What is it all about?
What is Humanism?
That science and evidence is the starting point for our beliefs

The world has evolved over millions of years and humans have evolved from early life forms
The Meaning of Life
Probably no god or gods
One life – there is no heaven or hell
Be happy – and help others to do the same
"Repay injury with justice, and kindness with kindness." – Confucius, C 500 BCE
Humanists believe:
Some of it is about science...
"The value of life lies not in its length, but in the use we make of it."
– Michel de Montaigne (1533-92), Essays
No book to tell us what is right and wrong
Thinking about things carefully
Human rights
Thinking about others
The most good and the least harm
How to tell right from wrong?
What about when you die?
"Why should we postpone our joy to another world? Let us get all we can of the good between the cradle and the grave, all that we can of the truly dramatic. If, when death comes, that is the end, we have at least made the best of this life."
– Robert G Ingersoll , 1900
This is our only life - there is no afterlife
The world is natural - there is no 'second layer' to reality
Science can help us understand the world we live in
We can work out for ourselves what is right and wrong
We should treat people how we would like to be treated ourselves
We experience the world through our bodies, our senses, and our brains
A funeral is a way to celebrate a life
There is no afterlife - we live on through memories
Agree, disagree, maybe
Everyone should be happy
Everyone is special
Some people should be treated better than others
Stealing is always wrong
Sometimes it is OK to tell lies
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