Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, explains Humanism - the non-religious way of living which says we can look to science and reason for answers about our natural world, and which puts human beings at the centre of morality. We don't need religion, deities, or any kind of supernaturalism to be moral.
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Richard Dawkins answers your questions about evolution in honor of Darwin Day 2015. “How does learned behavior evolve into inherited instinct?” Edited by Stephanie Renee Guttormson Copyright 2015 Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
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Richard Dawkins answers your questions about evolution in honor of Darwin Day 2015. “Is every offspring a 'slightly new' species? how does this work?” Edited by Stephanie Renee Guttormson Copyright 2015 Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
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In 2014, the London Oratory School, a Catholic state-funded school in West London, was found to breach the statutory Admissions Code in a whopping 105 different ways through its ridiculously stringent religious admissions criteria. As part of its determination, the schools adjudicator noted that its admissions criteria amounted to selection on racial and socio-economic grounds. In the above video, BHA Campaigns Manager Richy Thompson appears on the BBC London News to discuss this finding, and an appeal from the school, which says that having to rewrite its admissions policy would go against its religious ethos. Richy also makes a broader case against religious selection in schools.
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Richard Dawkins answers your questions about evolution in honor of Darwin Day 2015. “For things such as homosexuality, which people who argue against evolution ceaselessly will insist, there appears to be no linear Darwinian reason to possess this trait” Edited by Stephanie Renee Guttormson Copyright 2015 Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
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Richard Dawkins answers your questions about evolution in honor of Darwin Day 2015. "If dna was infallible, there'd be no diversity. Would it go extinct all together? Thank you" Edited by Stephanie Renee Guttormson Copyright 2015 Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science
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Building humanist communities: Alice Fuller, Catherine Dunphy, Isabel Russo, and James Croft discuss
In this session from August 2014's World Humanist Congress in Oxford, our panellists tackle whether there more that humanists can do as national and local communities to develop its coherence as a movement. Summary: If the humanist movement is to help bring about a new Enlightenment, does it first need to build its own self-confidence and coherence as a collection of people? This session explores various aspects of the humanist movement as a community and how that element of humanist organisations can contribute to these requirements. What is the need (if any) for what are called (depending on country) ‘counsellors’ or ‘pastoral support’ in the humanist movement? Should there be an element of teaching or promoting in their roles or the roles of other humanist professionals? What is the role of ceremony? Can the humanist model of completely personalised ceremonies be sustained as the movement grows? Is it really fully realised even now in every country? If not, is there a risk of descent into meaningless ritual? Is there a need for local humanist community - for local meetings or chapters? What is their role? And is it inward- or outward-looking or both? How do these functions cohere and contribute to an overall movement? Alice Fuller, former BHA trustee and coordinator of Young Humanists as of 2015, chairs the event. Her panellists are Isabel Russo, Head of Ceremonies for the British Humanist Association; James Croft of the Humanist Community at Harvard; and Catherine Dunphy, a former Roman Catholic chaplain who since started the Clergy Project, a peer community for ex-clergy.
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