Think for Yourself, Act for Everyone

Think for Yourself, Act for Everyone

EDUCATION DAY 2018 WORLDVIEWS: MAPPING MISCONCEPTIONS Luke Donnellan, Head of Education THE ISLAND THE PRICE OF KNOWLEDGE AND FREEDOM No more god No more neighbour No more self

The four families THE ISLAND conservatives THE ISLAND conservatives THE ISLAND

determinists conservatives THE ISLAND determinists individualists conservatives THE ISLAND

humanists determinists individualists WHAT DOES THE HUMANIST DISCOVER? The questions she must answer People have been living here for a long time time enough to come up with answers conservatives THE ISLAND

humanists determinists individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND humanists

determinists individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND fundamentalism humanists

determinists individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND theocracy fundamentalism

humanists determinists individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND totalitarianism theocracy

fundamentalism humanists determinists individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND

totalitarianism theocracy fundamentalism humanists determinists scientism individualists

conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy totalitarianism theocracy fundamentalism

humanists determinists scientism individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND

technocracy totalitarianism theocracy fundamentalism humanists determinists scientism

utopianism individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy totalitarianism

theocracy fundamentalism humanists determinists scientism utopianism trans-humanism

individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy totalitarianism theocracy

fundamentalism humanists determinists scientism utopianism trans-humanism

egoism individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy totalitarianism

theocracy fundamentalism humanists determinists scientism utopianism trans-humanism

egoism hedonism individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND

technocracy totalitarianism theocracy fundamentalism humanists determinists scientism

utopianism trans-humanism relativism egoism hedonism individualists conservatives

authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy totalitarianism theocracy fundamentalism humanists

determinists scientism utopianism trans-humanism hedonism relativism egoism postmodernism individualists

conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy totalitarianism determinists scientism utopianism

trans-humanism theocracy fundamentalism humanists anarchy hedonism relativism egoism

postmodernism individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy totalitarianism determinists scientism

utopianism trans-humanism theocracy fundamentalism humanists libertarianism anarchy

hedonism relativism egoism postmodernism individualists conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy totalitarianism

determinists scientism utopianism trans-humanism theocracy fundamentalism

humanists nihilism libertarianism anarchy hedonism relativism egoism postmodernism individualists THE HUMANIST WAGER

The humanist believes he can live here The humanist wants to have her cake and eat it There is no better place to live The humanist needs to be a juggler Take what is best from the other families conservatives authoritarianism THE ISLAND technocracy

totalitarianism determinists scientism utopianism trans-humanism theocracy fundamentalism

humanists nihilism libertarianism anarchy hedonism relativism egoism postmodernism individualists NON-RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS

1) Which of these are non-religious worldviews? 2) Which of them should be studied in RE? Humanism Buddhism Nihilism Atheism Communism

Hedonism Agnosticism Capitalism Postmodernism Secularism

Nationalism Vegetarianism Existentialism Fascism Spiritual but not religious Confucianism

Liberalism THE COMMISSION ON RE: EXAMPLES OF NON-RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS Can be studied: Not included: Humanism

Communism Atheism Nationalism Agnosticism Capitalism Secularism

Existentialism Confucianism THE COMMISSION ON RE: EXAMPLES OF NON-RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS There has been some discussion about which non-religious worldviews are appropriate for study. The landscape is complex and many of those who identify as non-religious do not adhere to a particular institutional nonreligious worldview. Many non-religious worldviews do not have the same institutional structures as religious worldviews. Having said that, the worldviews to be included should be those which make ontological and epistemological claims (claims about the nature of reality and

how we know things) as well as political and moral ones. Humanism, existentialism and Confucianism are examples of suitable non-religious worldviews for study in an age-appropriate way, while nationalism, global capitalism and Communism are examples of worldviews which would not be included in Religion and Worldviews, although they may be appropriate for study in other curriculum subjects. COULD THIS ATHEIST BE A HUMANIST? COULD THIS ATHEIST BE A HUMANIST? COULD THIS ATHEIST BE A HUMANIST?

COULD THIS ATHEIST BE A HUMANIST? WORLDVIEWS Two parts Epistemological and ontological what there is and how we can know Ethical how we should live It is possible to share the humanist approach in one of these and not the other UNDERSTANDING UNBELIEF

Templeton funded Researching the landscape exploring the complexity Confusion between the non-religious and unbelievers The non-religious may have religious beliefs but most dont Unbelievers may still label themselves as religious e.g. atheist Jews Humanism is one of the two, perhaps the most, dominant worldview in the UK. Dr. Lois Lee, University of Kent MISCONCEPTIONS Need to be aware of the misconceptions

Beliefs that if its not this, then it must be that Think carefully about what you say and the possible misconceptions that could be made PROBLEMATIC DEFINITIONS Religious humanism Human-only-centred humanism Yuval Noah Hararis humanism (author of Sapiens and Homo Deus) YUVAL NOAH HARARI

YUVAL NOAH HARARI Involves the belief that Homo sapiens has a unique and sacred nature that is fundamentally different from the nature of all other beings and phenomena. YUVAL NOAH HARARI Involves the belief that Homo sapiens has a unique and sacred nature that is fundamentally different from the nature of all other beings and phenomena. Is a family of religions that worship humanity, or

more correctly, homo sapiens. YUVAL NOAH HARARI Involves the belief that Homo sapiens has a unique and sacred nature that is fundamentally different from the nature of all other beings and phenomena. Is a family of religions that worship humanity, or more correctly, homo sapiens. Seeks to perfect humanity or sees the perfection of humanity as the supreme good.

YUVAL NOAH HARARI Involves the belief that Homo sapiens has a unique and sacred nature that is fundamentally different from the nature of all other beings and phenomena. Is a family of religions that worship humanity, or more correctly, homo sapiens. Seeks to perfect humanity or sees the perfection of humanity as the supreme good. Claims the rest of the world and all other beings exist solely for the benefit of [our] species. Argues that the environment should be controlled and manipulated

for human needs. YUVAL NOAH HARARI Involves the belief that Homo sapiens has a unique and sacred nature that is fundamentally different from the nature of all other beings and phenomena. Is a family of religions that worship humanity, or more correctly, homo sapiens. Seeks to perfect humanity or sees the perfection of humanity as the supreme good. Claims the rest of the world and all other beings exist

solely for the benefit of [our] species. Argues that the environment should be controlled and manipulated for human needs. Is founded on monotheistic beliefs. YUVAL NOAH HARARI Humanism is divided into three groups each with a supreme commandment Liberal humanism (freedom of the individual) Socialist humanism (equality within the species)

Evolutionary humanism (encouragement of our evolution into superhumans) YUVAL NOAH HARARI Liberal humanism Founded on the belief that every individual has a sacred inner nature, indivisible and immutable, which gives meaning to the world and which is the source of all ethical and political authority. This is a reincarnation of the traditional Christian belief in a free and eternal soul that resides within each individual.

Everything justified in terms of human feelings Humanist ethics: what I feel to be good is good Humanist politics: the voter knows best Humanist economics: the customer is always right Humanist aesthetics: beauty is in the eye of the beholder Humanist education: think for yourself YUVAL NOAH HARARI Socialist humanism

Believe liberals over focus on our own feelings instead of other peoples experiences Decisions should be made by the party or the trade unions Includes communism Evolutionary humanism

Some humans are superior to others Need to avoid extinction Bring on the rise of the superhumans Includes Nazism YUVAL NOAH HARARI The humanist wars of religion

The crimes of Nazism, Stalinism, and environmental destruction can all find their origins in the central tenets of humanism. Humanism is responsible for an age of intense religious fervor, unparalleled missionary efforts, and the bloodiest wars of religion in history (the conflicts of the 20th century). YUVAL NOAH HARARI Hararis definition of humanism therefore includes: Communism Capitalism

Nationalism Nazism Utopianism Human-sanctification Transhumanism FUTURE THREATS TO HUMANISM Liberal humanism is built on a dogmatic belief in the unique worth and rights of human beings - a doctrine which has embarrassingly little in common with the scientific study of Homo Sapiens. No free will

Not individuals We are a collection of algorithms Humanists argued that God is the product of our human imagination. Dataism now gives humanists a taste of their own medicine and tells them, Yes, god is a product of the human imagination, but human imagination in turn is just the product of biochemical algorithms. FUTURE THREATS TO HUMANISM Are we focussing our attention in the right place? Developments in our understanding of human nature Changes to our bodies and minds

Potential future inequalities brought about by technology The rise of the machines Can humanism tackle these questions? PROGRAMME Worldviews: mapping misconceptions Aims of the day Position statement Humanism and Secularism on the exam specifications The changing landscape or religion and belief

Update on the national situation Delivering effective assemblies / SACRE reps Q&A The Commission on RE AIMS OF THE DAY Develop your knowledge Raise your confidence in unfamiliar areas Share expertise and good practice Answer your questions Our education aims

Young people learn about humanism Develop curious, creative, critical, and confident thinkers WHAT ELSE HAVE WE DONE? School speakers area on the website New feedback process Network of charities school speakers programmes Teachers conference Speaking at national teachers conferences Humanist teachers The MOOC

MOOC 2 WHAT CAN YOU DO? Communication with the office Flyers, handouts, books Talk to teachers on your SACRE Letters from parents: https://humanism.org.uk/education/parents/ RE Teachers Conferences: http://www.theredirectory.org.uk/thedirectory/pdportal Get quotes and photos of students work Schools speakers support volunteer

SACRE reps coordinator SPEAKING ABOUT HUMANISM IN SCHOOLS: HUMANISM AND SECULARISM ON THE EXAM SPECIFICATIONS Neil McKain, Head of RS, Pipers Corner School LUNCH THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF RELIGION AND BELIEF: HOW MIGHT A HUMANIST RESPOND?

Jeremy Rodell, Dialogue Officer THE STATE OF THE NATION: AN UPDATE ON HUMANISM AND EDUCATION Richy Thompson, Director of Public Affairs and Policy DELIVERING EFFECTIVE ASSEMBLIES Teddy Prout, Director of Community Services KEY NOTE: THE COMMISSION ON RE Samira Ahmed

QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK Any questions? Please fill in the evaluation form. Thank you for your participation! THANK YOU EVENT The Oyster Shed 1 Angel Ln London

EC4R 3AB (nearest tubes Mansion House, Monument, London Bridge) GOODBYE!

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