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The website is 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.

This meetup focuses on the philosophy of secular humanism. It includes articles, discussions, and information on meetings dealing with the subject of humanism as a perspective on reality and life. Among other things, the site deals in detail with the history of humanism and the philosophies underlying the secular, humanist perspective.

In addition to the monthly meetings, we have discussion groups that meet regularly to explore these topics. 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+)

Glenn Branch: "Why Is It So Hard to Teach Evolution and Climate Change?"

Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room

Glenn Branch, Deputy Director, National Center for Science Education, will talk on the topic of the difficulty of teaching Evolution and Climate Change in public schools. Why is it so hard to teach evolution and climate change? In particular, why is it so difficult to teach these theoretically and practically important topics in the public schools of the United States? Certainly the problem isn't at the scientific end, where the scientific consensus is overwhelming. In his talk, NCSE's Glenn Branch will review the causes and effects of the difficulties, highlighting NCSE's ongoing efforts to support the integrity of science education around the country. --------------------------------------- As usual our program allows for a Q&A period following the presentation.

LogiCal-LA 2019!

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The LogiCal-LA 2019 conference is happening this summer, so mark your calendars for July 21, 2019! (By Bruce Gleason of the Backyard Skeptics) This conference explores what's new in the science world, examines why we think the way we do, and promotes the public education of science. This year we will be having 12 exciting speakers to enlighten and inspire all who attend. We are very proud to be the only annual conference in the Los Angles area and look forward to a well-attended event where everyone will have their fill of the latest that science educators have to offer. Lunch, snack time and an afternoon cookie break will be included. There will be a Saturday night social and Sunday dinner with many of our speakers attending. To RSVP link to https://www.meetup.com/Backyard-Skeptics/events/260440002/

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.

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Irvine Ranch Water District - Community Meeting Room

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