November meeting: The little book of Humanism

When: Thursday 5th November 2020, 7.30pm
Where: Online via Zoom. Link:

A timely new book by Humanists UK President Alice Roberts and Chief Executive Andrew Copson offers universal lessons on finding meaning, purpose, and joy in our ever more uncertain world.

The little book of Humanism, published at the end of August, shares over two thousand years of humanist wisdom through an uplifting collection of illustrations, stories, quotes, and meditations on how to live an ethical and fulfilling life, grounded in reason and humanity. 

It examines how humanity came to be, our unique place in the world, and why humanists reject religious explanations, before offering reflections on how to be good, how to live well, and how to think clearly. It emphasises the need to celebrate diversity and promote equality and why we should rely on science for the answers to many of life’s most important questions. Finally, it offers some particularly timely reflections on death and dealing with loss. It does all of this whilst drawing upon a cornucopia of humanist thought from many of the world’s greatest thinkers, accompanied by beautiful original illustrations.

In this meeting, SELHuG committee member (and bibliophile!) Samuel Becker will introduce the book and background of the authors, read some selections and invite discussion from attendees. Texts have always taken a pivotal role in forming and sustaining world-views and systems of belief and we may have much to reflect on.

The book can be purchased from all good bookshops, with both hardback and eBook available at £7.99 RRP. Author royalties from the book go towards supporting the work of Humanists UK.