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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.




Humanist groups need to do more PDF Print E-mail

Must read for Humanist groups

Why Humanist groups must be about more than just philosophy.

Humanists must build communities

There is a great essay – 10 ways to make sure the atheist movement is not just for the wealthy by Alex Gabriel. The tag on this article is Living without god should not be a luxury. (see: http://www.alternet.org/belief/10-ways-make-sure-atheist-movement-not-just-wealthy?page=0%2C4&paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark)

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Humanism, the Problem of Evil, and other Religious Baggage PDF Print E-mail

Humanism, the Problem of Evil, and other Religious Baggage

One of the recurring questions I get asked is about how Humanism handles the problem of evil. The fact that Humanism doesn’t have an “evil” problem doesn’t stop people from asking this question. Anyway – here are my thoughts to help newbies understand why Humanists don’t worry about evil much.

Every Kreacher deserves compassion: Humanism and Harry Potter

Question1) Why do evil things happen?

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Humanism vs. Determinism PDF Print E-mail

Humanism vs. Determinism

What is Humanism and what is the opposite of Humanism.

Sociologist Frank Furedi was interviewed about Humanism and determinism.  It’s a great interview – view it here.

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How off course has the Humanist movement gotten? PDF Print E-mail

How off course has the Humanist movement gotten?

What is Humanism and why does it matter what the Humanist movement talks about?

Humanism: where possibility meets responsibility

I have a 2nd cousin who is a doctor. When I last saw him I mentioned what I do and about my role in encouraging the Humanist movement to focus on, you know, Humanism instead of atheism. He was shocked. He had no idea Humanism, which is a big deal in medical schools, was consumed with a debate about atheism. It never comes up in his realm of Humanist medicine.
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What we say matters PDF Print E-mail

Language’s Slippery Slope

Why the words we choose really do matter. And why harmless teasing is rarely harmless.

No JerksSuddenly, I find that I’m a rabid feminist.  I didn’t mean to be. I’m actually a Humanist and I really like men. Most men anyway. My husband for sure.

Anyway, a fellow Humanist who will remain nameless because this isn’t about him, called a female politician a cunt who should suck his dick because he was mad she had made a racist comment. I have been banned from this man’s page for pointing out how incredibly rude and sexist his comment was. I’m ok with that. I actually normally like his blog so I was a bit shocked when he banned me over this but if he isn’t ethical enough to admit he made a mistake, and apologize and move on, then so be it. That’s his problem.
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I have a dream PDF Print E-mail

I have a dream

What can Humanism be in society, and how can we fund the creation of Humanist communities.

Humanist Learning SystemsI have a dream. My dream is that when people have a problem, they won’t turn to charlatans or woo based self-help for help. They won’t turn to supernatural nonsense and wishing to fix their problems, they will instead take responsibility for their actions, to the extent that they can and fix them!

This dream of rational problem solving extends to not just personal and interpersonal problems but to business and politics as well.

My dream is a dream of a Humanist community where we encourage each other to learn and grow and be better people in all areas of our lives.

To have this dream become a reality, we need physical buildings where we can host these communities and come together to learn whatever skill it is we are hoping to learn.

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Antagonist vs. Accomodationist PDF Print E-mail

Antagonist vs. Accomodationist

Why being accommodating is a good thing. 

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There have been a lot of arguments within the larger Freethought community about whether we should be engaging in antagonistic activism or whether our activism should be of an accommodating nature.  I am a Humanist so I tend towards being accomodating and not antagonistic.

What is the difference and why does this matter so much and why even though it matters we should all just chill the F out!

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What is Education? PDF Print E-mail

What is Education?

Why are the humanities and Humanism so crucial to a good education?

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What is education and why do Humanists care so much about it?  Education is loosely defined as the imparting or acquiring of knowledge. So .... what is knowledge? Knowledge is the state of knowing what is true. So really education is a way to learn what is true and what isn’t. And this matters greatly.

When it comes to problem solving and even moral reasoning, it turns out that knowing what is true and what isn’t is often the difference between successfully solving your problem and failing. This is one of the reasons why Humanists care so much about education.

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