What we're about

Humanists of Idaho is a Chapter of the American Humanist Association, reaching out to Humanists and like minded people in Idaho. We are a 501 c3 non-profit, headquartered in Boise, meeting monthly at various locations (events scheduled), sponsoring speakers, engaging in outreach programs, and participating in political and community activities. Idaho Society of Reason is a social and scientifically inquisitive extension, focusing on potlucks and stimulating discussions. If you believe that science is the best tool for solving human problems, doubt that anything supernatural has ever happened, and that people don't need gods to be ethical and moral people/lead good, productive lives, then Humanists of Idaho just might be what you are looking for. Humanism - Informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Natural answers to natural questions. Human answers to human problems.

Upcoming events (5)

COVID Composers: Amateur Writing Support Group

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If you have ever thought about writing fiction or non-fiction, and now that your are stuck at home more than ever you think... now or never... we are a few people with the same idea! During the present events it could provide a healthy distraction with a little intellectual challenge.We are all amateurs, but have a structure in mind that could make the events go smoothly and help everyone. Come join us if it sounds fun! We plan to meet online monthly on the first Wednesday night at 7 pm. If you think you might be interested, come hope on the server Wednesday. We will discuss the format we are planning on proceeding with for the first few months! This will take place on our "House of Humanists" Discord Server. For those unfamiliar with Discord, here’s a brief overview. What is Discord? Discord is a powerful program that allows users to create a server that allows text and voice communication. You can think of a server much like a house – a server has rooms (called channels) dedicated to different topics. In each room, you can post media (text chat, links, articles, etc.) or you can connect over voice. In a voice channel, you can hear and speak with anyone else who’s currently in that room. How do I get Discord? Either download Discord from their website, https://discordapp.com/, or download the Discord app on your favorite mobile device. Note that you will need to create a username, a password, and associate an email address with your account. To participate in House of Humanists, you will also need to confirm your email address. Okay, I have Discord, so how do I talk with humanists? In Discord, look for the “Add a server” option. Choose “Join a Server” (not “Make a Server”). Discord will ask for a server code, which is the last part of the hyperlink above – K6kDzeu. Alternatively you can click on https://discordapp.com/invite/K6kDzeu – Discord will connect you automatically. Help! I joined the server, but I can’t post any texts and/or talk with anyone! You will not be able to post anything at all in Discord unless you have verified your email address. When you first create a Discord account, they will send you an email to verify your address. This is a security measure to ensure that we don’t have random people joining to troll us (or random bots off the internet). When you first join Discord, you will enter on the Public side of our server. Here you can see announcements and text in the few public channels we have available. If you want to really participate in HOI, please let us know by informing an Administrator or an Ambassador. We will promote you to a Member (no cost required!) and then you will see all the rooms available on our server. This is, again, a security measure to keep out bots and other people who would spoil our fun. How do I call out specific people? You said to contact an Ambassador for help! In any chat, you can call out specific people by texting their name or position preceded by the symbol @. For example, if you type “@ambassador I need help!” all us Ambassadors will get a special flag to check out your request for help. While leadership will make a point of checking the server daily, this is the fastest way to notify someone. Each user has their name colored so you can easily identify their role. Ambassadors’ names are orange, while Administrators’ names are in red. Your fellow members’ names are in blue. Speak to an ambassador to get your name upgraded to blue!

Discuss "Wanderers" by Chuck Wendig

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What we do... we get together and discuss our thoughts on the book over coffee and snacks. The discussions are always interesting. Then we vote on a non-fiction or fiction selection to add to our calendar. Ignore RSVP's because people are notoriously bad in this group. You will not be the only one. For this one we are discussing a science fiction/horror selection, "Wanderers"by Chuck Wendig. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • The Guardian • Kirkus Reviews • Publishers Weekly • Library Journal • Polygon. A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes “a magnum opus . . . a story about survival that’s not just about you and me, but all of us, together” - Kirkus Reviews Want to join us, but Not on Discord yet. Please try these directions first, but if you need help, feel free to send me (Karen Sesek) a message. For those unfamiliar with Discord, here’s a brief overview. What is Discord? Discord is a powerful program that allows users to create a server that allows text and voice communication. You can think of a server much like a house – a server has rooms (called channels) dedicated to different topics. In each room, you can post media (text chat, links, articles, etc.) or you can connect over voice. In a voice channel, you can hear and speak with anyone else who’s currently in that room. How do I get Discord? Either download Discord from their website, https://discordapp.com/, or download the Discord app on your favorite mobile device. Note that you will need to create a username, a password, and associate an email address with your account. To participate in House of Humanists, you will also need to confirm your email address. You can use a computer, phone or tablet... more features like video are available on a computer, but all will work. Okay, I have Discord, so how do I talk with humanists? In Discord, look for the “Add a server” option. Choose “Join a Server” (not “Make a Server”). Discord will ask for a server code, which is the last part of the hyperlink above – K6kDzeu. Alternatively you can click on https://discordapp.com/invite/K6kDzeu – Discord will connect you automatically. Help! I joined the server, but I can’t post any texts and/or talk with anyone! You will not be able to post anything at all in Discord unless you have verified your email address. When you first create a Discord account, they will send you an email to verify your address. This is a security measure to ensure that we don’t have random people joining to troll us (or random bots off the internet). When you first join Discord, you will enter on the Public side of our server. Here you can see announcements and text in the few public channels we have available. If you want to really participate in HOI, please let us know by informing an Administrator or an Ambassador. We will promote you to a Member (no cost required!) and then you will see all the rooms available on our server. This is, again, a security measure to keep out bots and other people who would spoil our fun. How do I call out specific people? You said to contact an Ambassador for help! In any chat, you can call out specific people by texting their name or position preceded by the symbol @. For example, if you type “@ambassador I need help!” all us Ambassadors will get a special flag to check out your request for help. While leadership will make a point of checking the server daily, this is the fastest way to notify someone. Each user has their name colored so you can easily identify their role. Ambassadors’ names are orange, while Administrators’ names are in red. Your fellow members’ names are in blue. Speak to an ambassador to get your name upgraded to blue!

People of the South Pacific through a Humanistic Lens

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Come get together for a chat with us on our Discord Server. Paul Rolig will recount what he learned about the people and cultures of the South Pacific on an early 2020 cruise with his wife. Polynesians, now known to have descended from people from Taiwan, had amazing navigation skills as seafarers. Some other aspects of their cultures were humanistic; other aspects definitely not. Similarly, the (Polynesian) Maori society in New Zealand and the (Indian/Asian) Aborigines in Australia had humanistic and rather non-humanistic aspects. Very recently, the Eurocentric governing cultures in New Zealand and Australia have begun facing the grave injustices inflicted on the natives. They are beginning to acknowledge the wrongs, and make amends -- perhaps there are lessons for the United States to consider reparations to Native American First Peoples and to descendants of African slaves. This will take place on our "House of Humanists" Discord Server. For those unfamiliar with Discord, here’s a brief overview. What is Discord? Discord is a powerful program that allows users to create a server that allows text and voice communication. You can think of a server much like a house – a server has rooms (called channels) dedicated to different topics. In each room, you can post media (text chat, links, articles, etc.) or you can connect over voice. In a voice channel, you can hear and speak with anyone else who’s currently in that room. How do I get Discord? Either download Discord from their website, https://discordapp.com/, or download the Discord app on your favorite mobile device. Note that you will need to create a username, a password, and associate an email address with your account. To participate in House of Humanists, you will also need to confirm your email address. Okay, I have Discord, so how do I talk with humanists? In Discord, look for the “Add a server” option. Choose “Join a Server” (not “Make a Server”). Discord will ask for a server code, which is the last part of the hyperlink above – K6kDzeu. Alternatively you can click on https://discordapp.com/invite/K6kDzeu – Discord will connect you automatically. Help! I joined the server, but I can’t post any texts and/or talk with anyone! You will not be able to post anything at all in Discord unless you have verified your email address. When you first create a Discord account, they will send you an email to verify your address. This is a security measure to ensure that we don’t have random people joining to troll us (or random bots off the internet). When you first join Discord, you will enter on the Public side of our server. Here you can see announcements and text in the few public channels we have available. If you want to really participate in HOI, please let us know by informing an Administrator or an Ambassador. We will promote you to a Member (no cost required!) and then you will see all the rooms available on our server. This is, again, a security measure to keep out bots and other people who would spoil our fun. How do I call out specific people? You said to contact an Ambassador for help! In any chat, you can call out specific people by texting their name or position preceded by the symbol @. For example, if you type “@ambassador I need help!” all us Ambassadors will get a special flag to check out your request for help. While leadership will make a point of checking the server daily, this is the fastest way to notify someone. Each user has their name colored so you can easily identify their role. Ambassadors’ names are orange, while Administrators’ names are in red. Your fellow members’ names are in blue. Speak to an ambassador to get your name upgraded to blue!

"Christian Nationalism"? A Founding Myth

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Come get together for a chat with us on our Discord Server. Patricia Acks is going to discuss "The Founding Myth," a book by Andrew Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation which outlines in detail the lies that we hear about America being founded on God and Christianity. We are timing this talk just in time so that you can be prepared to engage in an educated discussion just before the July 4th Hobby Lobby ads promoting these lies. This will take place on our "House of Humanists" Discord Server. For those unfamiliar with Discord, here’s a brief overview. What is Discord? Discord is a powerful program that allows users to create a server that allows text and voice communication. You can think of a server much like a house – a server has rooms (called channels) dedicated to different topics. In each room, you can post media (text chat, links, articles, etc.) or you can connect over voice. In a voice channel, you can hear and speak with anyone else who’s currently in that room. How do I get Discord? Either download Discord from their website, https://discordapp.com/, or download the Discord app on your favorite mobile device. Note that you will need to create a username, a password, and associate an email address with your account. To participate in House of Humanists, you will also need to confirm your email address. Okay, I have Discord, so how do I talk with humanists? In Discord, look for the “Add a server” option. Choose “Join a Server” (not “Make a Server”). Discord will ask for a server code, which is the last part of the hyperlink above – K6kDzeu. Alternatively you can click on https://discordapp.com/invite/K6kDzeu – Discord will connect you automatically. Help! I joined the server, but I can’t post any texts and/or talk with anyone! You will not be able to post anything at all in Discord unless you have verified your email address. When you first create a Discord account, they will send you an email to verify your address. This is a security measure to ensure that we don’t have random people joining to troll us (or random bots off the internet). When you first join Discord, you will enter on the Public side of our server. Here you can see announcements and text in the few public channels we have available. If you want to really participate in HOI, please let us know by informing an Administrator or an Ambassador. We will promote you to a Member (no cost required!) and then you will see all the rooms available on our server. This is, again, a security measure to keep out bots and other people who would spoil our fun. How do I call out specific people? You said to contact an Ambassador for help! In any chat, you can call out specific people by texting their name or position preceded by the symbol @. For example, if you type “@ambassador I need help!” all us Ambassadors will get a special flag to check out your request for help. While leadership will make a point of checking the server daily, this is the fastest way to notify someone. Each user has their name colored so you can easily identify their role. Ambassadors’ names are orange, while Administrators’ names are in red. Your fellow members’ names are in blue. Speak to an ambassador to get your name upgraded to blue!

Past events (437)

Trivia Fun on our New Discord Server

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