Humanist Society of Santa Barbara
We at the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara share the conviction that rational inquiry can provide the best foundation for human progress.
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What is Humanism?
Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion.
Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility.
It advocates the extension of democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice.
Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values -- be they religious, ethical, social, or political -- have their source in human nature, experience, and culture.
Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human needs and interests rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.
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Papers of Interest
I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.Charles Darwin