Humanism is a positive view of life that roots itself in the natural world and celebrates freedom, cooperation, understanding, creativity and compassion. It is an approach that allows people to affirm that they are responsible, ethical members of society, and justify it in a way that is compatible with modern science.
Humanists don’t believe there there is any overarching external purpose that humans exist to fulfil other than our own survival which is intrinsic and common to all forms of life. One of the most core values of modern day Humanism is that it advocates the use of critical thinking and the scientific method in every aspect of a person’s life. Doubt is a feeling that is cherished by a Humanist because it has proven to be the great engine of innovation and progress.
Many say that one of the most important discoveries ever made by humanity was the scientific method, a self correcting process used for uncovering the nature of our world. To a Humanist, nothing is beyond scrutiny and enquiry, not even the principles of Humanism!
Sam Harris examines the idea of an objective morality that can be supported by science.