Humanists are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.
The North Yorkshire Humanist Group began life in January 2005. We meet regularly to discuss issues of interest to humanists, and to support national and local campaigns that are relevant to humanists. Visitors and members come from all over Yorkshire (and beyond). The Group continues to grow and expand its activities.
We are an independent local group, who is a partner of Humanists UK.
“Why playing digital games can be good for you" with Professor Paul Cairns
Digital games are hugely popular, whether measured in terms of number of players or their financial impact. However, despite this, they still have something of a bad press, for example they are often claimed to promote aggressive behaviour or they're considered to be a waste of time. In this talk, Paul Cairns will draw on research done with colleagues at the University of York to discuss what motivates players of digital games, what values they see in playing and therefore the very positive personal and social impact games can have.
Paul is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and head of the department of Computer Science at the University of York. For nearly 20 years, he has been researching the experiences that people have when playing digital games with a particular focus on the experience of being immersed in a game. He has more recently become Scholar in Residence for the AbleGamers Foundation, a US-based charity that helps people with disabilities to play digital games. He has a keen interest in research methods and statistics and gets quite excited about analysing data. Outside of work, Paul likes to crochet and he is learning to play the viola.
“Extinction Rebellion - Community, Chaos and Change” with Victoria Wild
Extinction Rebellion can seem like a disorderly rabble but behind the chaos is an organised, horizontal structure and a theory of change drawn from other successful non-violent movements. The communities within it are its most vital element, providing support, ideas and training, but also by their very nature presenting a challenge to the destructive economic model which is fuelling climate change.
Victoria Wild works in fair trade and has been involved in the local green movement for the last few years, including setting up the XR group in Harrogate.