-About-

Who we are:

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We are the Humanist Association of San Diego, a community organization that promotes humanist philosophy & values, the separation of church and state, and cilvil rights through discussions, lectures, outings, and community service events. We have been active since 1970, and a proud chartered chapter of the American Humanist Association since 1973.

For the last forty years we have been involved in separation of church and state issues (Soledad Cross case), have hosted regional and national conferences, took to the streets in protest of attacks on civil rights (Proposition 8), marched in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade for 17 years, provided humanist invocations for the San Diego City Council, held lectures and discussions, and done many other things to advocate the humanist life stance.

Our Board of Directors

President: Jason Frye
Vice Presidents: Mike Lewis & Jennifer Brauer
Secretary: Chris Bieser
Treasurer: Mickey Maynard
Board At Large:  Eve Daniels

Humanist Association of San Diego
3350 Sports Arena Blvd, Ste G
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 646-2191
humanistsd@gmail.com

-Humanist Philosophy-

What Humanism is:

“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability to and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity” (preamble to Humanist Manifesto III).

“Humanism is the Joyous Service for the greater good of all humanity in this natural world and advocating the methods of reason, science, and democracy” (Corliss Lamont [1949], The Philosophy of Humanism).

Humanism is a robust life philosophy that ties us to a greater tradition of those who stood stalwart against gods and kings to uplift the human condition and laid the foundation for social expectations of deeper and expanding agency and fairness. Humanism is a philosophy that in the words of humanist philosopher Corliss Lamont, balances head and heart, self and society.

Though in its modern, movement incarnation, humanism is seen as a form of positive-Atheism, Humanism is not Atheist-specific. There are many great Agnostics and Deists who we owe a great debt and respect to (e.g., Thomas Paine, Voltaire, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Robert Green Ingersoll, Felix Adler, John Dewey, etc). Though Humanism is not exclusively Atheist, we put our concern on human affairs and the human ability to ameliorate and improve the more undesirable effects of catastrophe and ignorance on the human condition.

Many of us are Atheist, but as Humanists we define ourselves more in terms of our inspirations and aspirations rather than the parameters of what we are not. In terms of religious literature and art, we see them appropriately filed in the cannon of assembled human experience as sources serving as cautionary tales and sources of inspiration. We see this assembled compendium of thought as an ongoing dialogue of human-commentary on the nature of the human experience. We seek understanding without necessarily endorsing. For ours is not a limited, but a broad legacy that we are compelled to add to. For Humanists, history is not only what happened when we learned that we were the author, but also hold the pen.

As Humanists, we realize that what is substantial about our species is the ability to develop and experience meaning. We find that meaning is ours to indulge in and ours to create. For us, there is but one, ephemeral life, which adds to its preciousness and significance. This, alongside our commitments to free thought and critical inquiry, inform how we see the world.

For more information on the humanist philosophy, here a few good sources to start with:

Humanist Manifesto III (2003)
http://americanhumanist.org/Humanism/Humanist_Manifesto_III

Corliss Lamont: The Philosophy of Humanism
http://www.corliss-lamont.org/philos8.pdf

Fred Edwords: The Humanist Philosophy in Perspective:
http://americanhumanist.org/Humanism/The_Humanist_Philosophy_in_Perspective

Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason
http://www.ushistory.org/paine/reason/

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