"I think the idea that it is immoral not to believe in God is perhaps the most insidious one that parents encourage to take root in the minds of young children. It is what makes it so difficult for people to question the existence of God once they have acquired the ability to think and reason for themselves..." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.
It's a very common theist standpoint, pairing off immorality with…Continue
Back in March I attended the exceptional annual Voltaire Lecture, hosted by the British Humanist Association. This particular talk - given by 'Canadian-born experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and popular science author' Steven Pinker (pictured left) and chaired by the wonderful…Continue
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"Nothing that has happened in my life since [I learned of my mother's death], nothing I believe and nothing I know, can provide consolation. This is why I suspect that I am in some way predisposed not to believe in God, because God is the only thing that could have provided solace... If I had felt that there was an afterlife, believe me, I would have killed myself then and there to join her." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's…
I have always been a humanist, really. But it’s only recently that I've made the effort to ‘get involved’ with humanism more actively.
At my secondary school I now run an ‘Asking Questions Club’ – “a space to discuss, with rationality, empiricism, and all-round critical thinking in mind”, reads the poster, “absolutely everyone welcome” – which has been going well.
More and more, I am also making the effort to attend lectures, talks,…Continue
Disclaimer: all quotes from the AHS Convention are para-phrasings, not direct.
I've just been, yesterday, to the National Federation for Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Student Societies' conference in Conway Hall, London. The AHS are a group wholly facilitated and supported by the - perhaps more familiar - British Humanist Association, and the day involved many high-profile…Continue