What we're about

The focus of this meetup site is critical philosophy and various forms of secular humanism. It includes articles, discussions, and information on meetings dealing with the subject of humanism as a perspective on reality and life.

The website is loosely associated with the Orange County chapter of American Humanist Association. The Humanist Association of Orange County (HAOC) holds monthly meetings, second Sunday of the month at the Irvine Ranch Water District in Irvine, CA. The monthly programs feature speakers on humanist, scientific, and philosophical topics.

In addition, we hold occasional discussion groups that focus on the ideas and principles underlying the secular, humanist perspective. This will be an opportunity for those interested in humanism to meet other individuals with similar interests, to learn more about humanism, and to share your ideas about humanism as a philosophy of life.

A statement of the Humanist Ethics (from the 1973 Humanist Manifesto)

“. . . we affirm that moral values derive their source from human experience. Ethics is autonomous and

situational, needing no theological or ideological sanction. Ethics stems from human need and interest. . . .

Human life has meaning because we create and develop our futures. Happiness and the creative realization

of human needs and desires, ... , are continuous themes of humanism. . . . Reason and intelligence are the

most effective instruments that humankind possesses. There is no substitute: neither faith nor passion

suffices in itself. The controlled use of scientific methods, ... must be extended further in the solution of

human problems. . . . critical intelligence, infused by a sense of human caring, is the best method that

humanity has for resolving problems. Reason should be balanced with compassion and empathy and the whole person fulfilled."

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Upcoming events (5+)

Monthly Meeting of Humanist Association of Orange County

Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room

Details on the monthly program will be listed when available. As usual our program allows for a Q&A period following the presentation.

Monthly Meeting of Humanist Association of Orange County

Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room

Details on the monthly program will be listed when available. As usual our program allows for a Q&A period following the presentation.

Monthly Meeting of Humanist Association of Orange County

Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room

Details on the monthly program will be listed when available. As usual our program allows for a Q&A period following the presentation.

Monthly Meeting of Humanist Association of Orange County

Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room

Details on the monthly program will be listed when available. As usual our program allows for a Q&A period following the presentation.

Past events (166)

[Partner Event] The New Roberts Supreme Court: A Secular Perspective

Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room

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