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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

Mon 17 September

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

Wed 26 September

Book Group Meeting - The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey. 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.

We will probably all use pharmaceuticals at some stage in our life. Following use, pharmaceuticals are excreted into the sewage system and can then pass through sewage treatment plants into surface waters. Pharmaceuticals can also be released during the manufacturing process or as a result of disposal of unused medicines.

As pharmaceuticals are biologically active molecules, in recent years there has been increasing interest from scientists and the general public over the potential impacts of pharmaceuticals on aquatic organisms and on humans that consume drinking water containing pharmaceuticals.

In this talk, Alistair will describe the work he is doing in York to understand the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environments across the globe and the implications for ecological and human health. Solutions to minimise the impacts of pharmaceuticals on the environment will also be presented.

Alistair Boxall is Professor in Environmental Science in the University of York’s Environment and Geography Department. His research focuses on understanding emerging and future ecological and health risks posed by chemical contaminants in the natural environment.

Alistair is a past member of the Defra Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances and past Chair of the Pharmaceutical Advisory Group of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He regularly advises national and international organisations on issues relating to chemical impacts on the environment and has published extensively on his field.

Alistair has coordinated major European projects and is Director of the York City Environment Observatory Initiative. He received the 2016 Recipharm International Environmental Award for his work on the impacts of chemical contaminants on the environment.

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.

Thurs 15 NovemberKate Smurthwaite

Our 6th Annual Event: Clit Stirrer, with Kate Smurthwaite.

The award-winning feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian and writer puts away all those years of coquettishness and gets off the fence.

Kate has sworn, flashed her hairy armpits at Eamonn Holmes, shown up in pyjamas, called a Daily Mail columnist "Dad" and shouted at a nun all on live TV. That’s when she’s not insulting organised religion or the monarchy.

But is she the one with the problem? Lots of angry men with very poor grammar on the internet think so. She’s actually a nice quiet homely sort. In her new one-woman show, Kate lifts the lid on her reputation as a provocatrice extraordinaire and asks: Where did it all go wrong?

Kate Smurthwaite, a patron of Humanists UK, is currently touring her 13th solo show and performs at major clubs around the UK and festivals across the world. She is often a guest on news and debate shows and is well known for her forthright opinions and campaigning work.

Kate’s TV appearances include the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time, BBC 1’s The Big Questions, as well as news items on BBC, ITV, Sky and other channels.

Her radio contributions include BBC’s Jeremy Vine Show, Woman’s Hour, The Moral Maze and a 15-minute programme in the Four Thought series written and performed entirely by Kate about sexist humour and sexism in comedy.

Kate also writes for publications from Cosmopolitan to The Guardian and The Independent and she has a regular column in New Internationalist.

Kate is a writer for the BBC political comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised and the UK’s leading political satire show Have I Got News for You?

In 2014 Kate was nominated for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for campaigning against violence against women.

Tickets are £7 each (£5 for NYH members). You can get tickets in person at any of our regular events or on request from tickets@nyhg.org.uk, or online at Eventbrite.co.uk.

7.30pm, at The Crescent Community Venue, 8 The Crescent, York, YO24 1AW.

Mon 26 November

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

Tues 4 December

The Crisis of Islam, with Colin Taylor.

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

Tues 1 January 2019

No meeting.

Tues 5 February 2019

TBA.

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

Tues 5 March 2019

Effective Altruism with Sally Bridgewater and Jamie Gittins.

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

Tues 2 April 2019

Providing Emotional Support for People in Distress, from York Samaritans.

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

Tues 7 May 2019

Fantastic planets, and how to find them with Dr Emily Brunsden, University of York.

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

Tues 4 June 2019

TBA.

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

Tues 2 July 2019

Universal Basic Income with Dr Louise Haagh, University of York.

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

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