Humanism Examined in Berkeley: Essential Principles

Bay Area Humanists
Bay Area Humanists
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Humanism is a word that is often poorly understood. This is partly because it has been used in multiple contexts. In this presentation Jim will share his view on the basic principles of humanism. He will review how the word is generally used and how it is defined by humanist organizations. He will trace the origin of the word and once the essentials of humanism are established, give an overview of the historical development of humanism. He will address questions such as the relationship between humanism and atheism, the difference between religious and secular humanism, and the nature of humanist ethics. There will be a discussion following the lecture so that everyone can express their views.

Jim Barnett, Ph.D. (in biomedical sciences) is a graduate of the Humanist Institute ( and currently a Co-President of Bay Area Humanist.

Everyone is welcome.

BART Access: Less than one block from the downtown Berkeley BART Station.

Parking: All day parking is available for $7 on the weekend at the lot at Allston & Harold Way, a short block from the library.

This Event is not sponsored by the library.

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