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Humanists are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.

Can you be good without God?

Our Young Humanist Essay Competition this year was on the topic, Can you be good without God?. First prize was awarded to Nathan Jeffs. You can read his winning entry here.

Tues 5 July

A Universe from Nothing?, a talk by Andi Ye.

A hundred years ago, humanity had cars, planes and electric trains, but the Universe we knew was but stars in a single galaxy: un-ending in time and space. Now we have counted hundreds of billions of galaxies and peered back to the beginning of creation.

Twenty years ago science felt a Theory of Everything was within its grasp, shortly before discovering 70% of 'everything' which had not even figured in the dreams of cosmologists.

The Universe is full of surprises, beauty, awesome power and unimaginable scale. And now it seems all this and much more could have been plucked from nothing? Discover why the Big Bang wasn't big and didn't bang, and how to build a Universe from nothing while leaving the laws of nature intact!

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Mon 11 July

Philosophy Club Meeting - Karl Popper’s Critical Rationalism. 7.30pm in The Yorkshire Terrier, 10 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS.

Wed 13 July

Book Club Meeting - Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia by John Gray. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 2 August

A talk about Positive Money, with Marie Mccahery.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 6 September

TBA

Thurs 15 September

Book Club Meeting - On being: A scientist’s exploration of the great questions of existence by Peter Atkins. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 27 SeptemberPeter Atkins

Our 4th Annual Lecture: Science as King, with Prof. Peter Atkins.

Prof. Atkins will argue that there is nothing that the scientific method cannot elucidate and that there is no better way of understanding the universe, in all its aspects, from its cradle to its grave.

Peter Atkins was a lecturer in physical chemistry at the University of Oxford until his retirement. He is the author of numerous science textbooks as well as books on science for the general public, including The Periodic Kingdom, The Second Law, Creation Revisited, and Galileo’s Finger: the ten great ideas of science.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the York Suite of the Hilton Hotel, York.

Tickets are £5. For details of buying your tickets, email tickets@nyhg.org.uk, or come to any of our meetings.

Tues 4 October

No meeting (because it's so close to our Annual Lecture).

Tues 1 November

TBA

Tues 6 DecemberAnna Semlyen

Yoga as Medicine/Secular Practice. Plus a skeptical view of the nativity story (comedy/poetry). With Anna Semlyen.

Anna Semlyen has taught yoga since 1996 and is BWY Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic Yoga Research. Author of Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs.

She has 3 poetry collections and was slam winner at WOMAD festival.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 3 January

TBA

Tues 7 FebruarySimon Blackburn

On not being an atheist: Hobbes and Hume.

Each of Thomas Hobbes and David Hume mounted devastating attacks on the credibility of religious doctrines.Each was well-known as an infidedel. But neither of them accepted the label of "atheist". In my talk I discuss why, and commend the wisdom of their respective positions.

Simon Blackburn is an academic philosopher known for his work in metaethics and in the philosophy of language. He is the author of many books, the most recent being "Mirror, Mirror".

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

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To contact us, ring our secretary, Charles Anderson, on 01904 339107, or email secretary@nyhg.org.uk