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Humanism

The Happy Human for HumanismHumanism

Jennifer Hancock is a Humanist activist. In fact, she worked professionally for a Humanist organization from 2001 until 2007. She joined the Humanist movement back in 1994. So, she has a lot to say on the subject.

Collected here are her writings on the subject of Humanism, religion and morality.




Humanizing Business PDF Print E-mail

Humanize Your Business

How to humanize your business, be more successful at the same time.

That's Humanism  - Madam Curie - British Humanist Association

Many of America’s top business schools are focusing on Humanistic Business Management. (Harvard, Yale, etc). They are doing this for good reason. Humanism works!  It works really well.

The combination of reality based problem solving, compassionate ethics and personal responsibility which are the core principles of the philosophy really do help people not only be better people, but be more effective and constructive in all that they do.

And this is really important in business. Because the possibility for things to not only go wrong, but drastically so increases when instead of an individual acting, you have a corporation or business acting. One person might not be able to destroy a waterway that people rely on for food, water and sustenance, but a large group of people working together for some business cause sure can.

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Is the Humanist Brand Dying? PDF Print E-mail

Is the Humanist Brand Really Dying?

No – we just have a marketing problem.

That's Humanism - British Humanist Association Photo

The Terahertz blog had a very interesting blog post about how the use of the word humanist has decreased even as the use of the word atheist has increased.  (See: http://terahertzatheist.ca/2014/01/24/is-the-humanist-brand-dying/) David Silverman of American Atheists had mentioned the same thing at the Florida Humanist conference back last year.

The point both are making is that if Atheism is well understood by the public that is the word we should be using. Because people know it and are looking for it.  I disagree. I think the problem we have is that Humanists aren’t using the word enough – which is why it isn’t being used or searched for.

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Altruism for the Rich? PDF Print E-mail

Are only the rich allowed to be altruistic?

Why we need to professionalize Humanist Activism

Someone complained to me the other day that I had the audacity to charge for an online bullying course. They said I was making money off of other people’s suffering. It’s apparently ok that I sell a book, and if I wanted to create a business selling t-shirts – that’s ok to. But if you have something that can actually change people’s lives, selling it isn’t ok.  If it’s good and important and available online, it should be free.  And that’s a lovely idea. The problem is that I live in the real world and in the real world, I can’t dedicate my life to helping others if I can’t afford to feed my family and provide shelter and basic necessities.  It would be nice to make money – any money for a change.

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Existentialism and Humanism PDF Print E-mail

Is Existentialism at the Heart of Humanism?

I considered myself an existentialist before I realized I was a Humanist. For me, existentialism is at the heart of my Humanism. It is what makes my Humanism possible. It is only by acknowledging that I exist, as absurd as that reality is, that I can construct a meaningful life for myself.

There is a great article about honest atheism needing to embrace existentialism over at The Week by Damon Linker – see: http://theweek.com/article/index/255508/how-to-be-an-honest-atheist  In this article, he talks about how difficult life is and to pretend that it isn’t difficult is to deny people meaning and purpose.  Life is a struggle. We find meaning when we embrace that struggle. "The individual life," O'Neill believed, "is made significant just by the struggle."

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Humanism vs. Dogma PDF Print E-mail

Why does Humanism have no dogma?

Humanism has no dogma.  We have a set of principles that we try to live by, but even those are in flux and change.  Every few years, a group of prominent Humanists get together and write a Humanist Manifesto – which sounds a lot like it would be dogmatic, but it isn’t. It’s actually a consensus document. It’s not about what we must believe, but rather about, after much debate, several Humanists agree Humanism is at this point in time.

The current manifesto is Humanism and It’s Aspirations at: http://americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Humanist_Manifesto_III

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Will We Grow Out of It? PDF Print E-mail

Will We Grow Out of It?

Brendan O’Neill of the Telegraph, who is an atheist himself, wrote an article about how annoyingly smug atheists are. (see: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100230985/how-atheists-became-the-most-colossally-smug-and-annoying-people-on-the-planet/)   It is about how he as an athiest doesn’t really like the smug obnoxious atheism of activist atheists and how he wishes there were a friendly form, so he could self identify.

Humanism Works
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On Humanism PDF Print E-mail

On Humanism

What is Humanism and why does a decent definition elude us?

What is Humanism? Humanism is ...

Philosopher Stephen Law has a new blog post – What is Humanism (See: http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com/2014/01/what-is-humanism.html) What I ‘ve read of it I like. I didn’t read it all because it’s so long. But the first part is excellent so I am assuming the remainder was just as wonderful.

For those of you who love reading about Humanism, go ahead, and work your way through it. For me, I just want to say that we need to do a better job of explaining the philosophy.

And that’s really hard because Humanism, is full of nuance. Yeah – it’s about being skeptical, but in the service of optimism.  Yeah, it’s about rejecting supernaturalism, but to even describe that requires that we explain why we reject supernaturalism because it turns out woo is sometimes hard to detect.

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Libertarianism and Humanism PDF Print E-mail

Libertarianism and Humanism

Why libertarianism is rarely compatible with Humanism.

Humanism - for a fairer world

There are a lot of libertarians who are godless. Which is fine. However, there aren’t a lot of godless groups for people to belong to and the libertarian movement, for political reasons, had allied itself with evangelical Christianity to create a voting block to elect libertarian minded candidates.  Which is also fine.

The problem is that godless libertarians don’t really seem to enjoy the company of religious libertarians because the religious libertarians, aren’t really libertarians. They seem to prefer a “return” to theocratic government, which is decidedly anti-libertarian.

Anyway – these homeless godless libertarians seek out atheist groups to join to be among like minded people.  The problem is that because there are so few atheist groups, sometimes the only option is a Humanist group.  And ... strict libertarianism isn’t really compatible with Humanism. As a result, these godless libertarians are always in conflict with their humanist brethren over what the group should be working on.
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