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Introducing Humanism

Humanists UK have teamed up with Sandi Toksvig to launch a new massive open online course (MOOC) about humanism, called Introducing Humanism. Sign up for the course here.

What is Humanism?

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.

Is religion more than superstition?

Our latest Young Humanist Essay Competition was on the topic, Is religion more than superstition?. First prizes were awarded to Samantha Atkinson (under 15) and Corey Eastwood (15 - 19). You can read their winning entries here and here.

What's On

Wed 25 July

Book Group Meeting - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 7 AugustDavid Key

Digital Trust with David Key.

Artificial intelligence and related technologies offer fascinating possibilities but they also, increasingly, raise alarms about the potential for misuse and the capability to replace human work.

As an example of human displacement, David will explore and explain the use of distributed ledger technology – sometimes referred to as the Blockchain – to replace people in any activity involving trust.

David Key started out in industry, where by the age of 27 he had created the world's first sandwich production line and set the foundation for Europe's largest sandwich factory.

Switching to services, in the mid 90's he used computer technology to create an entirely new form of pensions comparison service and later designed the Prudential's new Stakeholder pension scheme.

Around the turn of the millennium he founded a business for commercializing intellectual property from university spin-outs and in 2008 he founded E-Squared to transform the business of corporate transformation.

David recently joined York Science Park to help direct its innovation agenda.

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

Tues 4 SeptemberDr Alison Parkin

Harnessing Chemistry to Re-wire Biology with Dr Alison Parkin, University of York.

All living cells are mini chemical batteries that harness fuel molecules like sugars to release high energy electrons that are used in bio-electrical reactions. Understanding these processes on a molecular level teaches us how to re-wire these reactions in important applications such as solar bio-hydrogen production.

Alison will explain the importance of electrically driven chemistry in life and describe the approaches her research group is taking to understand and control such processes.

Alison Parkin was born and raised down the road in East Yorkshire, growing up in a village called Broomfleet and going to South Cave primary school and South Hunsley secondary school. She then went down South from 2000-2012, doing an undergraduate degree course, a PhD and a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford.

She is now working as a senior lecturer at the University of York in the Department of Chemistry.

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

Mon 17 September

Philosophy Group Meeting - Privacy. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 2 OctoberProfessor Alistair Boxall

The Global Problem of Pharmaceutical Pollution with Professor Alistair Boxall, University of York.

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

Mon 22 October

Philosophy Group Meeting - TBA. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Mon 26 November

Philosophy Group Meeting - Individualism and Collectivism. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

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