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Alternative Facts and Truthiness

Written by Alison Courtice and Published Mon, 23/01/2017 - 13:01
Sean Spicer addressing the press from inside the White House

I made some slight changes to President Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer's first "speech" to make it sound a lot more truthful. Enjoy- 

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Recap: The Future of Organised Humanism in Australia

Written by Scott Sharrad and Published Tue, 10/01/2017 - 12:40

On Friday May 27, 2016 after the Annual General Meeting of the Council of Australian Humanist Societies delegates participated in a discussion workshop about the future of organised Humanism in Australia and its role.

Tags: organised Humanism, future, community, advocacy, education, discussion

Humanism and Artificial Intelligence

Written by Mary-Anne Cosgrove and Published Sat, 05/11/2016 - 11:43

Mary-Anne Cosgrove discusses a recent discussion group held by the ACT Humanist Society on the implications of Artificial Intelligence from a Humanist perspective and shares some of the questions and issues discussed

Tags: AH 124, Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness

The Pride Cup: A Case Study in Tackling Homophobia in Sport

Written by Rosslyn Ives and Published Thu, 03/11/2016 - 17:19

Jason Ball spoke about his journey coming out as a gay AFL player at the recent Australian National Humanist Convention and how it led him to be the activist for secular, gay and mental health rights in Australia.

Tags: AH 124, Young AHoY, Pride, LGBTI+

Freethought Activity in Australia: from margins to mainstream

Written by Rosslyn Ives and Published Wed, 14/09/2016 - 10:39

Rosslyn Ives, editor of Australian Humanist, discusses the history of freethought, secularism, rationalism and Humanism in Australia; Its influences and key movers and shakers. It is an expanded version of a contribution she gave at the 'Secularism in the Modern World' conference held in Melbourne on 31 October, 2015

Tags: Issue 122, Freethought, History, Australia, Rationalism, Secularism, Humanism

The Cost of Armaments

Written by Val Yule and Published Sun, 31/07/2016 - 12:26

A series of before-and-after pictures shows the cost to a city that is bombed. A recent example is the UNESCO-listed sites in the Syrian city of Aleppo – one example is given above. After bombing these sites were all rubble.

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A Humanist life from Shakespeare

Published Fri, 08/07/2016 - 14:12

John Bell was named Australian Humanist of the Year for 2016 joining such people as Lionel Murphy (parliamentarian and jurist who introduced no-fault divorce and civil marriage ceremonies among many other reforms), Fred Hollows (ophthalmologist), Eric Bogle (singer/songwriter) and many others. It is customary for the recipient to give an address on the occasion of their presentation. Unfortunately, John Bell wasn’t able to be present in Brisbane in person but gave his address from Humanist House in Sydney. His address is reproduced here in full where he speaks about his life journey through the works of Shakespeare and how it has led him to a humanist philosophy and outlook on life

Tags: Australian Humanist of the Year, Shakespeare, Life, Journey, John Bell

Victorian Humanists and Homophobia in Australia

Written by Halina Strnad and Published Fri, 20/05/2016 - 00:21

The death penalty for homosexual acts between men was imposed in ancient Jewish sex codes. The rationale for these biblical injunctions was to prohibit sexual acts that did not produce offspring. In ancient tribal groups survival depended on population supply and growth.

The Christian church subsequently adopted these into their Ecclesiastical Law which later formed the basis of the British Common Law and subsequently Australian laws. The often quoted Leviticus 20:13 declares that homosexuals ‘commit an abomination: they should be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.’

Tags: Issue 122, LGBTIQ+, Law reform

John Bell - Australian Humanist of the Year 2016

Written by CAHS Team and Published Sun, 08/05/2016 - 00:44

Bell was raised a Catholic and acknowledges that the theatricality and mythology of church-going had an important influence on his life’s work.  In an interview he said: ‘It’s easy if you were brought up as a Catholic, you believe anything ... heaven and hell, and devils and angels, all those very vast concepts.  The imagination is ready to receive Shakespeare.’

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The Four Pillars of Humanism

Written by Lyndon Storey and Published Sun, 01/05/2016 - 00:00

Humanism is often presented as a reaction against religion. But it is best understood as an answer to a question, the question being: what is the meaning of life?

I have recently had some experiences facilitating humanist-oriented discussion groups. One issue that has often come up is the difficulty of producing a short explanation of Humanism that highlights it as a coherent and systematic viewpoint from which to approach issues, rather than an ad hoc set of policy positions.

Tags: 4 Pillars, Humanism, Philosophy, evidence and Reason, Nature, Meaning, Foundations, Fulfilment, world view, Issue 122

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