Understanding Humanism

Human Beings

What is the humanist understanding of human origins, human nature, and human potential?

Humanists believe that human beings have natural origins – we evolved like all other living things – and, if we if we put our naturally evolved capacities to good use, we have the potential to lead good and happy lives.

 

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Overviews
Age 5+
Human beings

Presentations
Age 5+
Human beings

Slides to support the information sheets and activities

Information
Age 5+
Human beings: where do we come from?

Activities
Age 5+
The Two Wolves

A story to illustrate human nature

Human beings: good and bad

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Overviews
Age 7+
Human beings

Presentations
Age 7+
Human beings

Slides to support the information sheets and activities

Information
Age 7+
Human beings: where do we come from?

Human potential and responsibility

What is a humanist understanding of human beings?

Individual humanists answer the question

Activities
Age 7+
The Two Wolves

A story to illustrate human nature

Human beings: good and bad

Assessments
Age 7+
Human beings: multiple choice questions

Human beings: fill in the blanks

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Overviews
Age 11+
Human beings

Presentations
Age 11+
Human beings

Slides to support the information sheets and activities

Information
Age 11+
Human beings: where do we come from?

Mortality

Human potential and responsibility

What is a humanist understanding of human beings?

Individual humanists answer the question

Activities
Age 11+
Human beings: good and bad

External Resources
Age 11+
Evidence of the Big Bang

This clip from the BBC’s Wonders of the Universe featuring Brian Cox helps to illustrate the humanist approach of relying on science to answer questions about the universe’s origin and evolution.

The theory of evolution

A short film to help students unfamiliar with the theory of evolution.

Cultural transmission

Cultural transmissionA BBC animation on what makes us human: our capacity to share ideas, skills, and culture (for humanists this makes us special and can enable something of us to survive our deaths)

Assessments
Age 11+
Human beings: multiple choice questions

Human beings: fill in the blanks

Human beings: humanist responses

How might a humanist respond?

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Information
Age 14+
Human beings: where do we come from?

Mortality

Human potential and responsibility

What is a humanist understanding of human beings?

Individual humanists answer the question

External Resources
Age 14+
Evidence of the Big Bang

This clip from the BBC’s Wonders of the Universe featuring Brian Cox helps to illustrate the humanist approach of relying on science to answer questions about the universe’s origin and evolution.

Cultural transmission

Cultural transmissionA BBC animation on what makes us human: our capacity to share ideas, skills, and culture (for humanists this makes us special and can enable something of us to survive our deaths)

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Films
Age 16+
Human responsibilities

Philosopher Richard Norman describes the responsibilities that come attached to our human capacities.

External Resources
Age 16+
Evidence of the Big Bang

This clip from the BBC’s Wonders of the Universe featuring Brian Cox helps to illustrate the humanist approach of relying on science to answer questions about the universe’s origin and evolution.

Cultural transmission

Cultural transmissionA BBC animation on what makes us human: our capacity to share ideas, skills, and culture (for humanists this makes us special and can enable something of us to survive our deaths)

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