Richard J.

Location:

Liverpool
Hometown: Liverpool

Member since:

July 9, 2012

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Please describe yourself: humanist secularist, atheist, agnostic, freethinker etc

I am an Atheist because I do not believe in any God or gods or in any kind of Deity or supernatural entity. I am an Agnostic because I accept that there can never be any final proof of the non-existence of a Deity. I am a Rationalist because I believe in reason, science and critical thinking. I believe that true knowledge is gained by our collective use of these tools over time. I am a Skeptic because I think it wrong to accept any belief without sufficient evidence. I am a Freethinker because I do not accept any dogmas, and because I believe everyone can and should question all beliefs. I am a Humanist because I believe in committed, values based living; because I believe that I am OK, and that you are OK (and that we are OK and that they are OK); because I believe that Ethics and Morality are important, and that Ethics and Morality are rightly concerned with the wellbeing, health, happiness, growth and development of each and every real human being in this world here and now.

Please tell us a little about your self as a person, your work and family

I worked for many years as a Computer Software Engineer, in particular building large complex systems for Banks and Telecommunications companies. I enjoy swimming, dancing, singing and walking. I practice Mindful Meditation. As well as my involvement with Liverpool Humanist Group, I regularly attend the events of Merseyside Skeptics Society, Liverpool Cafe Scientifique and Liverpool SciBar. I mourn the passing of CuturePool in Liverpool. I want to get more involved with Philosophy in Pubs. I was a Samaritans Listening Volunteer for over four years. I read voraciously about many subjects, and enjoy serious literature. I have to admit that I still enjoy driving my 20+ year old 3.5L BMW, and follow Formula 1 Motor Racing. I have been known to translate German poetry, particularly when it helps me appreciate and sing Schubert Lieder. I love what Vasily Petrenko is doing with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and wish I could afford to attend more performances.

What are you passionate about? What are your priorities?

My priorities are:- 1. Love, sex and marriage. I still believe in and hope for a committed, loving relationship. 2. Friendship. 3. Parenting (although I have no children of my own). 4. Humanism. Humanism means a lot more to me than there is room to say here. I sometimes think "Humanism is my life-work". At other times I go through periods of agony and self-doubt where it means nothing at all.

What do you seek in the group?

1. Friendship. It is good to have friends, and it is amazing how quickly new friends can become old friends. 2. Support. We all need support at times, and the support of like-minded people can be particularly important. 3. Open and honest encounter. A frank exchange of opinion, reflection, belief and experience, with mutual recognition and respect. 4. Working together in the common cause of promoting Humanism and Free-thought, and representing the views and interests of those with no religion or membership in any "faith community".

Please place a photograph of yourself on your profile

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Introduction

Hello. I am Chair of Liverpool Humanist Group. I have thought of myself as a Humanist since the age of seventeen, which is when I first made contact with the British Humanist Association. I am one of the founders of North-West Humanists.


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