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Welcome to Humanism Now, the weekly podcast from Central London Humanists and Humanise Live. Tune in for the latest news, insightful worldwide guest interviews, and lively discussions on the most pressing questions of our time — all from a naturalistic, empathetic, and rationalist world view that marks out humanism. Join us as we explore ethical dilemmas, dissect current events, and engage in thoughtful conversations that matter.

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Welcome to Humanism Now, the weekly podcast from Central London Humanists and Humanise Live. Tune in for the latest news, insightful worldwide guest interviews, and lively discussions on the most pressing questions of our time — all from a naturalistic, empathetic, and rationalist world view that marks out humanism. Join us as we explore ethical dilemmas, dissect current events, and engage in thoughtful conversations that matter.

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22. Ojas Singh Bhanot on Cultivating Student Groups plus Fostering Scientific Literacy in Society

4/28/2024
Send us a Text Message. "Humanism is about human goodness, appreciating reason & potential" - Ojas Singh Bhanot This week on Humanism Now, Mark & Nicole join the panel to discuss how illegal faith schools deny children the right to science, the importance of promoting scientific literacy across society and the impact of scientific fraud. This week's interview is with Ojas Singh Bhanot, Politics and Data Science student at the London School of Economics, where he Founded the Humanist Open Minds Students' Union group. His role involves leading a platform and promoting humanist values within the university community, focusing on open dialogue and inclusivity. References: Religion for AtheistsIllegal schools deny the right to scienceState-funded faith schools & educationEnd Faith Schools CampaignWhy Scientific Literacy Matters Humanist StudentsFraud in curcumin research is a warning to all of scienceAbout Ojas Singh Bhanot LinkedInLSE Students Union Humanist Open Minds LSE Humanist Open Minds on InstagramOjas' References: Oxford Handbook of Digital EthicsUpcoming events: Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:04:23

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21. Valerie Jack on Finding Peace in Grief without God

4/2/2024
Send us a Text Message. “The irony of man's condition is that the deepest need is to be free of the anxiety of death and annihilation; but it is life itself which awakens it, and so we must shrink from being fully alive.” ― Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death Episode References: New extremism definition unveiled by governmentExtremists ‘negate the fundamental rights and freedoms of others’ – humanists analyse new definition‘Resisting extremism means defending a tolerant society’Atheist Bus CampaignRadio 5: Elis James and John Robins ShowAbout Valerie Jack; Living with Life without GodAmazonGoodReadsAbeBooks@ValerieJack@valeriejackwritesValerie's References: How religious and spiritual beliefs explain prolonged grief disorder symptomsThe Denial of DeathWhy Death is Nothing to Fear: Lucretius and EpicureanismSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:00:59:23

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20. Monica Belițoiu, ASUR on Championing Secularism & Science Across Europe

3/17/2024
Send us a Text Message. Welcome back to Humanism Now! This week AJ & Mark from the Central London Humanists join the panel to discuss the latest news, plus our interview with Monica Belițoiu, Chair of The Romanian Secular Humanist Association (ASUR) . Episode References Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes awarded Darwin Day MedalRebecca Wragg Sykes InterviewAssisted Dying CampaignAssisted Dying Inquiry Report | Everything you need to knowGreece legalises same-sex marriageWhy We SleepMonica Belițoiu FacebookInstagramWhy I contribute my experience and time to the Freedom of Thought Report,Romanian humanists launch ScienceCalendar mobile appDownload ScienceCalendar App on Play Store Follow ASUR Homepage@asur.ro@secularuSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:04:43

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19. Celebrating International Women's Day! Conversation on Feminism and Humanism

3/12/2024
Send us a Text Message. Welcome to Humanism Now's International Women's Day Special hosted by Audrey Simmons (Association of Black Humanists & CLH) and featuring Lola Tinubu (Assoc. Black Humanists & CLH), Katia Urquiza (Central London Humanists) & Nicole Shasha (Leicester Humanists and Young Humanists) who discuss; Episode references: All the Light We Cannot SeeHuman rights and equalityWhy Humanism and feminism go hand in hand (2015)The difference between feminism and humanism (2014) Margaret Atwood on feminism, culture wars and speaking her mindThe Handmaid's TaleOmolara Ogundipe-LeslieStiwanismClaudia RodenWomen's Health Fact SheetUpcoming events: Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:00:54:27

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18. Leo Igwe on New Future for Freethought, Atheism and Humanism in Africa

3/3/2024
Send us a Text Message. "We should acknowledge that humanism is something that beats in the heart of every human being" Dr Leo Igwe This week James, Lola & AJ are joined by legendary human rights activist, Leo Igwe. We discuss the merits of Darwin Day, Leo's decades of campaigning for freethought and against superstition and Leo's vision for a new future for atheism and humanism in Africa. Episode references How should we address Charles Darwin's complicated legacy?Tai Solarin DayHumanists highlight Rwanda bill flaws MPs raise Mubarak Bala case Free Mubarak Bala CampaignLeo Igwe @LeoIgweHumanist Association of NigeriaAdvocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW)critTHINK.africaWhy I Choose Humanism Over FaithFOTR: NigeriaUpcoming events: Association of Black HumanistsCentral London HumanistsHumanists InternatSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:31:17

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17. Jeremy Rodell on the Art of Interfaith Dialogue

2/18/2024
Send us a Text Message. Welcome back to Humanism Now. This we learn practical tips for engaging in good faith dialogues with people of different beliefs with expert insight from Jeremy Rodell, Director of Humanist UK's Dialogue Network and our regular panellists Lola & Nicole. Episode references: Humanists UK: Exploring Common Ground, Dialogue with others Humanists UK: Dialogue Training Application About Jeremy Rodell: 🎤 Humanists UK Interview 🐦 @jeremyr1 📌 South West London Humanists Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:06:40

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16. Anya Overman on Humanism's Social Justice Impact

2/4/2024
Send us a Text Message. This week on Humanism Now, Audrey & AJ join the panel to discuss personal and group activism and support for Social Justice campaigns. The panel discuss; How do humanist vales align with these causes? How do we prioritise issues to best influence changes? and what role should Humanist groups play in leading or supporting campaigns? We delve deeper into these topics with this week's guest Anya Overmann. Anya is a writer, consultant, speaker and digital nomad driven by her values as a progressive humanist activist. As former President of Young Humanists International, Anya shared her evolving views on the movement, frustrations with organised non-profits and optimism for the next generation of activists. About Anya Overmann: 🔗 anyaovermann.com Ⓜ️ Follow Anya on Medium 📷 @Anyaovermann 🐦@AnyaLOvermann 🎙️ The Nomadic Humanist Podcast Anya's References: The Revolution Will Not Be Funded, Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial ComplexIntersectional feminism: what it means and why it matters right nowParty for Socialism and LiberationUpcoming events: Central London Humanists EventsAssociation of Black Humanists EventsSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:18:43

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15. Scott Jacobsen on the Importance of Journalism plus Navigating Global Conflicts with Humanistic Values

1/20/2024
Send us a Text Message. "Peace is more than just the absence of war. Peace requires respect for the worth and dignity of our fellow human beings, tolerance among individuals, and harmony within each person." Humanist International's Oslo Declaration on Peace This week, AJ and Mark tackle Humanist perspectives on global conflicts such as the current Israel-Palestine crisis and the role of religion in exacerbating or potentially resolving this deep-seated conflict. Our interview with journalist Scott Jacobson, whose boots on the ground in Ukraine bring a raw, provided an evidence-based angle to our discourse and demonstrates the critical role of informed journalism in shaping societal discourse. Join us on this exploration, amplify the conversation, and help shape a more humane approach to the global stage. Episode References: Statement on the Middle EastStatement on Russian Invasion of UkraineAbout Scott Douglas Jacobsen: 🔗In-Sight Publishing Ⓜ️Follow Scott on Medium 📖Interview Series at Good Men Project 📧 scott.douglas.jacobsen@gmail.com Scott's references: Monty Python Live at the Hollywood BowlModel UNScott Jacobsen in Mykolaiv, Ukraine @remuscerneaofficialSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:24:39

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14. 2023 Review & 2024 Preview; Hope, Awe & Collective Human Achievement

1/7/2024
Send us a Text Message. Join us as we review the 2023 year in Humanism and preview the events for 2024 with our regular panellists, Mark, Nicole & Katia. Together with host James, they discuss; insights from 2023 meetups and conventions, inspiring personal experiences, a varied events calendar and the important role of humanist voices in 2024's major democratic elections. Finally we pay a special thanks to our Producer Rob, who is moving on to bigger things in 2024! This week's panel only discussion is themed around the values of hope, wonder and collaborative achievement - thank you for joining us the debut year of Humanism Now. Episode References: Humanists UK 2023 ConventionLeicester Humanists Launch EventA memorable humanist trip to the Large Hadron ColliderWonder: A Humanist Perspective ‘Democracy is a humanist value’, affirms 2023 World Humanist Congress40 elections that will shape global politics in 2024Bishops in the House of Lords CampaignAssisted Dying CampaignSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:01:53

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13. Bart Campolo on Choosing Human Experience, Relationships & Belonging

12/24/2023
Send us a Text Message. "I know so many people whose lives got better when they learned how to use a crock pot and make a decent chili" Welcome back to Humanism Now. This week we are delighted to share an extended interview with Bart Campolo, host of the inspirational podcast, Humanize Me! After decades as a Christian evangelist, Bart embraced humanism and now uses his platform to advocate for a more compassionate, curious and connected society. Together, we dissect the intricacies of growing a humanist community in a digital era, the place of AI in our emotional lives, and the transformative power of authentic, in-person connections. AJ also joins the panel to share his reflections on 2023 and some exciting news for 2024! About Bart Campolo: 🏠 bartcampolo.org/about 🎙️ Humanize Me! Podcast 📷 @humanizemepodcast 🐦 @bartcampolo Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:09:31

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12. Emma Wadsworth-Jones on Humanists International's Freedom of Thought Report 2023

12/17/2023
Send us a Text Message. "When we're upholding secularism, we're making sure that that is freedom of religion or belief for all, and not just for the non-religious to be safe" - Emma Wadsworth-Jones On this week's Humanism Now we are delighted to be joined by Emma Wadsworth-Jones, Casework & Campaigns Manager Of Humanists International and principle editor of the Freedom of Thought Report. The FOTR assesses every country in the world on the basis of human rights and the legal status with regard to humanists, atheists, and the non-religious. Emma shares the key findings for 2023, reasons why protecting freethought matters and positive examples of promoting secularism globally. In addition, Lola & Nicole join the panel this week to discuss the further proposed changes to UK visa requirements and it's impact on families and whether the UK is a secular country. Plus we share our favourite xmas songs for your playlist! Episode references: Changes to UK visa requirements: Key points at-a-glanceFreedom of Thought ReportSecularism in the UKAbout Emma Wadsworth Jones 🔗 Humanists International - People 📧 Contact HI 🐦 @humanistsint #️⃣ #FOTR2023 Emma's references: Freedom of thought ReportHow the Freedom of Thought Report helps protect humanists at riskHow to get involved and supportUpcoming events: AGM 2024 with Madeleine Goodall, Humanist HeritageSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:07:29

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11. Madeleine Goodall on Britain's Humanist Heritage

12/10/2023
Send us a Text Message. "Conscious morality cannot exist in any being except so far as it can look behind, before, and around; and can remember, compare, and reason about right and wrong so as to choose for itself, and for those it can influence, a given course." - Zona Vallance What does it mean to be a humanist in the modern world? Join James, Mark and new contributor Katia as we test the definition of humanism and assess how the term has evolved and what additions we'd like to see to reflect changing societal needs. Plus our interview with the brilliant Maddy Goodall, co-ordinator of the Humanist Heritage project, which documents and preserves more than 125 years of rich humanist history. Episode references: Life and FateThe Social InstinctWhat Nature Can Teach Us About Working Together Humanism Now Episode 4René DescartesPeter ThatchellAbout Maddy Goodall 🔗 Heritage humanists 📧 heritage@humanists.uk 🐦 @maddyogoodall Maddy's references: Zona Vallance Lillie BoileauNellie Freeman May Seaton-TiedemanThe Humanist Movement in Modern Britain, Upcom Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:23:21

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10. Comedian Lisa May on Comedy, Freethought & Challenging Authority

12/3/2023
Send us a Text Message. “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.” ― George Bernard Shaw This week on Humanism Now, Nicole and AJ join James to discuss the relationship between comedy, freethought and humanism. We discuss the role of comedy in challenging authority and changing social norms, our personal comedy heroes and what should be off-limits to joke about? Plus we're fortunate to present our interview with the incredibly talented London-based comedian, Lisa May. Lisa shares her personal transformation from entrepreneur to comedian and how curiosity, discomfort and connection, have shaped her outlook on life and laughter. See Lisa May live alongside more top London standups at CLH's Xmas Party Comedy Night on 13 Dec 2023 - in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. Episode References: George Carlin - The Ten CommandmentsEddie Izzard - GloriousLife Of Brian 1979 DebateComedians in cars getting coffeeAbout Lisa May: 🔗 Lisa's Homepage 🎤 Standup Lols 📷 @standuplisamay 🐦 @standuplisamay Lisa's references: KintsugiJung and the value of humourThe best of Mitch Hedberg“Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.” - Groucho Marx Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:24:54

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9. Lucy Potter on Non-Religious Asylum Claims plus Tackling Misconceptions about Humanists

11/26/2023
Send us a Text Message. Welcome to Humanism Now. This week James is joined by Mark from Central London Humanists and Nicole of Leicester & Young Humanists to tackle more common misconceptions about humanism. The panel counter some of the frequent critiques of a humanist worldview; from misleading definitions of Humanism (by prominent thinkers!) to misperceptions of how humanists view religious people and whether we all politically aligned. In an enlightening conversation, Lucy Potter, a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield, shares insights from her research project aimed to improve the handling of non-religious asylum claims in the UK. Lucy's expertise in asylum claims provides a unique perspective on the trials faced by non-religious individuals seeking refuge. We discuss the challenges of credibility assessments that often hinder these asylum seekers and potential solutions. Our mailbag question asked for the best jokes about Humanists and we passed this request back out to our audience! Send in your answers to humanise.live@gmail.com About Lucy Potter 🔗 Lucy's Research Homepage 🐦 @LucyPott_ 📧 lpotter2@sheffield.ac.uk Episode References: Yuval Noah Harari and ‘humanism’Humanists in ParliamentPakistani humanist denied UK asylum after failing to identify PlatoUpcoming Events: Social Challenges & Self Care Following ApostasySupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:04:03

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8. Martin Di Maggio on Humanistic Judaism, Cultivating Communities & Confronting Misconceptions

11/19/2023
Send us a Text Message. This week on Humanism Now as we welcome Lola Tinubu, Co-Founder of the Association of Black Humanists and Nicole Shasha, Founder of Leicester Humanists to discuss their experiences creating and cultivating secular communities and challenging misconceptions. We also discuss the implications of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's recent article Why I am Now a Christian, the critiques of atheism contained within and Hirsi Ali's impact, influence and legacy for global Humanists and freethinkers. In our guest interview, Martin Di Maggio explains Humanistic Judaism, from its intellectual routes to current practices and differences with other denominations of both Judaism and Humanism. Finally, we answer this week's mailbag question; What are the taboos associated with being a humanist? Episode References: Why I am Now a ChristianWhy I Am Not a Christian - A response to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, About Martin Di Maggio: 🔗 The Spinoza Havurah 📷 @spinoza_havurah Martin's References: shj.orgJudaism beyond GodHumanistic Havdalah Kiddush: Humanist Liturgy Upcoming Events: ABH Discussion GroupAyan Hirsi Ali: Muslim to Atheist to ChristianSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:11:39

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7. Terri O'Sullivan, Faith to Faithless on Support for Leaving Religion plus Humanistic Approaches to Free Speech

11/12/2023
Send us a Text Message. This week on Humanism now, Audrey & Mark join the panel to discuss taking a humanistic approach to issues around Free Speech and free expression, drawing on recent international news items. Our guest this week is Terri O'Sullivan from Faith to Faithless. Terri shares her deeply personal journey to humanism and her role as Apostate Services Development Officer, at FTF (part of Humanists UK). She also provides detailed advice for those seeking support when leaving high-control groups or experiencing religious trauma. Finally our mailbag question this week asks if Humanism aligns with and support other social change movements, such as Feminism and Black Lives Matter. Episode references: Sweden's Quran burnings put freedom of expression law to testThe Importance of Freedom of ExpressionDefinition of Hate SpeechContact Terri O'Sullivan: 🔗 Faith to Faithless 🐦 @Terri_OSullivan 📘 @FaithtoFaithless Terri's references; Religious Trauma Syndrome Support Asylum Research: University of Sheffield are conducting research on how UK asylum claims are handled on the grounds of non-religiosity. If you have faced fear of persecution and have gone through the asylum system, please contact Lucy Potter. More info. Upcoming CLH Events: Pub After HUK Voltaire Lecture Trans Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:23:59

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6. Javan Lev Poblador, Young Humanists Special!

11/5/2023
Send us a Text Message. On this episode of Humanism Now, we're exploring the inspiring world of young humanists. Our co-host AJ and new panellist Nicole, fellow coordinators of Young Humanist UK share what campaigns and activities motivate Humanists in the 18-35 age range. Nicole also shares her experience of starting a new humanist group in Leicester and the joys of bringing humanist values to life through meaningful Humanists Ceremonies. AJ & Nicole share how they became engaged with Humanism and offer advice for anyone looking to set up a new group or attract more young members. In discussing events and campaign that encourage greater engagement, we explore the alignment of humanism with climate and social justice activism. In this week's guest interview , Javan Lev Poblador, International Coordinator for the Young Humanists International Group, provides insights in to the Global Young Humanist movement, describes the state of humanism in the Philippines and highlights some of the lesser known human impacts of the growing climate crisis. Finally, in our mailbag section we discuss what events and campaign topics appeal most you Young Humanists. Episode references: Leicester Humanists Launch EventYoung Humanists UKYoung Humanists InternationalSetting up a local groupAbout Javan Lev Poblador: Young Humanists International Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:13:28

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5. Emma Park, Editor of The Freethinker plus Humanism in Education & Science Communication

10/22/2023
Send us a Text Message. This week on Humanism now, Mark & AJ join the panel to discuss the role of science communication & humanism in education, with insights gathered from the New Scientist Conference. Dr. Emma Park, Editor of The Freethinker, provides a deep dive into the essence of freethought & the consequences of placing any views on an untouchable pedestal. Emma shares insights into the relationship between freethought & free speech, challenges to these freedoms & reviews the current status of non-religious movements. We end with our listener question: 'Is humanism a religion?' Episode references: Why Humanism is included in ‘Religious Education’ (‘RE’)How Humanist are you Quiz?UnderstandingHumanism.org.ukHumanist UK: Teachers NetworkHumanists UK: School SpeakersAtheist Bus CampaignAbout Dr. Emma Park: 🔗 Emma Park, Homepage 🐦 @DrEmmaPark on Twitter 📖 The Freethinker 📺 Pastafarianism: parody or religion? | Emma Park | CLH Talks Emma's book references; The Battle for Thought - Freethinking in the Twenty-First CenturySimon McCarthy-JonesFreedom to Think - The Long Struggle to Liberate Our MindsSusie AlegreHumanly Possible - Seven Hundred Years of Humanist FrSupport the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:18:24

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4. Jamie Woodhouse on Sentientism plus Humanist Approaches to Asylum Policy

10/11/2023
Send us a Text Message. This week's episode focusses on humanistic approaches to both human and animal rights issues. Following recent proposed changes to the UK's asylum policy, AJ, Audrey (Assoc. Black Humanists) & James explore humanistic perspectives on immigration, climate change and the role of empathy in approaching global political issues. In our guest interview with Jamie Woodhouse of Sentientism.info, we explore how animals rights should be incorporated into Humanism, the goals of the growing Sentientism movement and Jamie's views on AI, lab grown meat and defining 'Sentience'. Our panel also share their views on whether Humanists should go vegan and become Sentientists. Finally our mailbag question poses, whether a humanist can retain religious faith. References: BBC: Anti-gay discrimination not qualification for asylum, says Suella Braverman Humanists UK Seeking sanctuary: research into apostate asylum claims Humanists International: Supporting individuals at risk More on Jamie Woodhouse: Sentientism.info Twitter Facebook Sentientism Youtube Channel Sentientism Podcast Is Sentientism the future of humanism? Watch Jamie's Talk with CLH, April 2023 Upcoming events: Central London Humanists Upcoming Events Association of Black Humanists Upcoming Events Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:01:24:36

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3. Alex Williams on the Poetry of Discovery & What Humanism Means

10/6/2023
Send us a Text Message. Mark Agathangelou, CLH Committee Member and active Event Organiser joins this week's panel to discuss finding Humanism through the One Life Course, hosing discussion groups and our recent 'What Humanism Means to Me' live open mic night. Plus our interview with the multi-talented Alex Williams; a poet, teacher, playwright, and author, who will shed light on the power of community within humanism. With his unique perspective, we'll explore the unique role of arts in creating compelling communities, how Alex defines humanism and what inspires his Secular Verses. Finally, we tackle our mailbag question this week: Why are there still Bishops in the UK's House of Lords, in what is an increasingly secular country. Episode references: CLH Once Life Course Humanists UK Courses on Humanism Video: What Humanism Means to Me Humanists UK Campaign: Bishops in the House of Lords More on Alex Williams; Blog: The Dialup Facebook: Tiger JazzPoetry Collection: Secular VersesBook recommendations from Alex Williams; Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion Support the Show. Support us on Patreon Click here to submit questions, nominate guest & topics or sponsor the show. Follow Humanism Now @HumanismNowPod X (Twitter) YouTube Instagram TikTok Follow Central London Humanists @LondonHumanists Centrallondonhumanists.org.uk Meetup Facebook X (Twitter) YouTube CLH are an official partner group of Humanists UK and an associate member of Humanists International

Duration:00:56:27