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"Promoting Humanist Values and Critical Thinking on the South Coast"

Humanist Society of Santa Barbara

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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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False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.
Charles Darwin