How do humanists decide what to believe? Suitable for:
How do humanists decide what to believe?
In this lesson students will explore different reasons to believe things and how those beliefs can sometimes be mistaken. They will discover how humanists try to rely on reason and evidence to help them decide what to believe. Through playing a card game they will evaluate what counts as good evidence to believe something and discuss how humanists might respond to particular claims.
Acting as the jury on a murder trial, students will assess the evidence provided by different witnesses. Download
Beliefs and evidence
A card game to explore what evidence counts as good evidence for different beliefs. Download
Humanist responses: belief
Fill in the speech bubbles with how humanists might respond to various beliefs. Download
Humanist responses: belief (blank)
A sheet of blank speech bubbles for students to write different beliefs and comment on them. Download
How do you know what is true?
(Age 7+) Humanists explain how they make decisions about what they believe to be true. Watch
How do we know what is true?
(Age 11+) A short animation about how humanists believe science is the best method for answering questions about the world. Watch
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