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  • Humanists of North Alabama News! 2018-02-06

    Food for thought: “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”

    ― Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man.

    Chapter News!

    At the January meeting, Stan Brockway proposed that our chapter become a supporting organization of Alabama Arise. Alabama Arise advocates for the needs of the poor and under-represented people in Alabama, such as health care, education, and criminal justice. The group approved and named Stan as our representative!

    Social Justice Events: Feb 7, 7:00 8:30 pm. At the Huntsville Madison County Public Library: the Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance and Alabama Youth Justice Coalition present a community Forum on Youth Justice Reform.

    Upcoming chapter events:

    Sunday, February 11: 2:00- 4:00 pm:

    Non-Fiction Readers Book Discussion Group, meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month. New discussion participants always welcomed! Please join us at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). This month is an open discussion on what everyone is reading and recommending

    Sunday, February 18: 2:00-3:30 pm:

    Monthly meeting – we are meeting at the Huntsville Public Library on Monroe Street in Huntsville, room A/B (to the right of the lobby). Topics suggestions welcome!

    Monday, February 26: 6:00-7:30pm:

    Philosophy Café. Open discussion on philosophical topics continues
    on the fourth Monday of each month. This month we are meeting at
    “Sam & Gregs” at 119 Northside Square. An assortment of pizzas,
    gelato, and beverages are available for purchase (and to lubricate
    discussion).  New faces are always welcome!


    “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”

    ― Charles Darwin


    Other Events: The Nashville Nones present the 3rd annual NANOCON on March 17, 2018.  See


    Other Information:

    The Humanists of North Alabama discussion group as a closed FaceBook group to talk about Humanism in Alabama. Let us know if you’d like an invite.

    Our events can be found on our Meetup group:

    <! on our FaceBook page:

    on our web page:

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     Suggestions for events, meeting venues, topics are always welcome!

     Humanists of North
    Alabama is
    an official Chapter of the American Humanist Association.  Membership in the AHA is strongly encouraged!

     Louise Hardin



    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

    Abraham Lincoln

  • AHA Annual Conference May 17-20, 2018

  • December 17 5pm Unity of Nashville, I’ll be telling some jokes for The Sunday Assembly

    (cross-posted from Humanists of North Alabama on Facebook)

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    December 17 5pm Unity of Nashville, I’ll be telling some jokes for The Sunday Assembly as we celebrate s secular holiday! All welcome tickets available at

    Are you a “none”? An atheist or agnostic? A free thinker? A secular humanist? Then Yule Y’all is for you!

    Sing along to songs of the season along with your favorite pop tunes and some of the best from Sunday Assembly’s past, present and future! What holiday singalong would be complete without Bruce and Mariah, the Bangles and the Bee Gees? Don’t be a grinch, there’ll be comedy from Tracy Barkley and lots of laughs along the way!

    Before and after the concert, shop for handmade, unique gifts from secular-friendly artisans. Products available include Dancing Cow soaps and lotions, handmade glass ornaments and frames, wooden trays, signs, and home decor, beaded and gemstone jewelry, and scented candles. We even have a publisher bringing books by some of your favorite secular writers, as well as the perfect stocking stuffer: a secular coloring book. This will be your chance to find that fun, different gift and support a small local businessperson.

    Children welcome! We will have activities for kids three and older, plus the Grinch will be making an appearance.

    Yule Y’all will be held at Unity Church, 5125 Franklin Pk, Nashville, 37220.

    The Yule Market opens at 5:00 for shopping before the music starts, the concert starts at 6:00, and there will be time for shopping afterwards as well.

    Tickets are available here:

  • Secular Saturday Chattanooga, July 22, 2017

    Word of this event came to me from NaNoCon Nashville. Look into it and see if it is for you. It’s July 22nd.
  • The initial newsletter of Indivisible District 5 of North Alabama.


    Kudos to the Madison County Democrats, who have invited Rep. Brooks to a town hall on Saturday, April 8, 2-4 pm at the main library auditorium!

    The room has been reserved, deposits have been paid, the invitation has been submitted, and the invitation graphic is in process.

    Put it on your calendar now.
    There WILL be a town hall, with or without Mo.
  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

  • Steven Austad on Darwin

    An eloquent and educated defender of Darwin living in Alabama. Heavens!  The link was taken down. It was:
    Steven Austad has written more than one article. Here is an example, “The Not-So-Observable Universe”
  • Fundamental Principles of Modern Humanism – Amsterdam Declaration – 2002

    Amsterdam Declaration 2002
    is a statement of the fundamental principles of modern Humanism passed unanimously by the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) at the 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002.

    If you are not familiar with the outlines of humanism, please check out the other humanist manifestos. You can start in Wikipedia.

    The Amsterdam Declaration

  • To Begin the World Over Again — May 14, 21, 28.

  • Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry

    Couples looking for an Alabama wedding officiant — please consult our list on this site.


  • Sir Julian Huxley:

    "Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable...and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief... Once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, [then] we must construct something to take its place."
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    Videos We Like

    —– Live March 30, 2013 —–

    ASU Origins — The Storytelling of Science     1:30

    The Storytelling of Science — part 2 or 2 — audience questions and answers

    The Origins Project at ASU presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusing on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science. The Storytelling of Science features a panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. They demonstrate how to convey the excitement of science and the importance helping promote a public understanding of science.

    Video by Black Chalk Productions

    Get the most recent updates from the Origins Project by following us on Facebook /ASUOriginsProject and Twitter @asuORIGINS. Contact origins.project@asu.eduwith questions.  (from YouTube)