What is Humanism?



As Humanists we encourage everyone to approach the world with an enquiring mind, and to never be afraid to question our beliefs or worldview. That was the overwhelming message of our What is Humanism event with Humanist children’s author Annemarie Young.

Annemarie is the co-author of What is Humanism? How Do You Live Without a God? And Other Big QuestionsThe book is the first book of its kind aimed at the new curriculum for upper primary and lower secondary school children. Written by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young with contributions from well-known Humanists including Stephen Fry, Philip Pullman, and Shappi Khorsandi; the book examines how Humanists respond to fundamental questions about morals and ethics, the origins of life, celebrating life’s important milestones, religion and the state.

In her position as a writer of fiction for young readers, and a writer and series editor of non-fiction for older children, Annemarie believes in the power of books to open readers minds. During the event Annemarie spoke of her own experience of questioning the beliefs she had held from a young age, and why she works to encourage her young readers to think about these subjects for themselves. The evening concluded with a number of interesting and thought provoking questions from our audience.

Please note that due to conditions at the venue, there is some background noise throughout

The Humanitie Podcast is the monthly audio update from Humanist Society Scotland. If there is anything you’d like us to explore we’d be happy to hear from you, so feel free to get in touch.

Last year we launched a joint campaign with the British Humanist Association to send What is Humanism? To every primary school in the UK. You can donate to the campaign here.



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