American Humanist Association (AHA)


American Humanist Association (AHA)

The American Humanist Association advocates progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists and freethinkers in the United States. We work to promote humanism--the idea that you can be good without a god.

Location: Washington, DC
Members: 784
Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2017

AHA Updates

Humanist Press is the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, providing material for the humanist/freethought/atheist market since 1995.

With the largest print book seller in the United States now selling more ebooks than paper books, it was time the freethought movement invested in the future of publishing so that we can remain relevant and accessible to readers in the U.S. and around the globe.

With new ebooks becoming available on a bi-monthly basis, Humanist Press will have a regularly expanding catalog of interest to atheist and agnostic humanists everywhere. Visit


Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

On this website you can find all sorts of information about Charles Darwin and the International Darwin Day Foundation. If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on our events listing. You can also locate Darwin Day programs near you by searching our events section.

Let Humanism Ring! The American Humanist Association is pleased to announce that its 73rd Annual Conference will be held June 5-8, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Join hundreds of humanists, atheists and freethinkers in Philadelphia for a four-day celebration of humanism! The American Humanist Association will feature informative lectures, book signings, celebrity guests, networking opportunities, child care, fun activities and more!

Book your room early by calling the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel at 1-800-325-3535 (mention the American Humanist Association) or visit the AHA’s Personalized Reservation Page to get the special rate of $169 per night (subject to taxes). Rates increase after May 5, 2014 so reserve now!

More information will be announced soon!

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Comment by Fred Edwords on March 26, 2011 at 10:45am

No, Samantha, nobody is ever "truly happy" (whatever that is). Drunken bliss 24/7 just ain't gonna happen.

Why then do we soldier on? How has humanity, after centuries upon centuries of a life that is "nasty, brutish, and short" managed to persist? Because we're built for struggle. We evolved to be survivors.

And therein is where we find our fulfillment. We love that struggle! How do I know? Because when I'm not struggling to get by I engage in recreation that involves struggle. Sports is fun struggle. A movie or a novel is vicarious struggle. "Finding meaning in life" is simply discovering a struggle you enjoy. Even learning new things qualifies.

So, ya wanna be happier? Make more of a game of the life you're stuck with. Fight for a better America, for example. Win or lose you're gonna have a helluva time! And also look for opportunities to get unstuck, in smaller or larger ways, so you can devote more time to the conquests that give you more of a kick.

Comment by Samantha Madison on March 26, 2011 at 10:25am

Is anyone ever truly happy? We go through our lives hoping that by the time we are old and ready to die that we will feel content with how our life went. We try to get the best jobs we can, buy the best house we can afford, drive the nicest cars we can and put our children through school. This endless circle that just repeats as generations go by-and anyone that doesnt fit into this mindset is shamed for not being "normal". Now dont get me wrong I want all these things for me and my family but I have to stop and think (how brainwashed am I ?) We waste away most of our lives at work and we are miserable, unless your lucky enough to find something you "love" to do-It sucks. Which is why I have realized that I am never going to be fully happy in life because im wasting my life away working all these hours im exhausted and I miss my family-for no true pay off im just getting by. The american system is so messed up its just one big clusterfuck of nothing- Im not proud to be an American im just glad I wasnt born in a country like Africa or India. And then who fuckin agreed that "In GOD we trust" should be our national slogan (I didnt) Also, "one nation under GOD" -(absolutely not!!) Im not "under" anything especially a made up idea of a super being created by what should be mental patients. FUCK LIFE! and FUCK AMERICA!!

Comment by HoldenMyOwn on February 22, 2011 at 5:23pm
I would love to go but Boston is a loooong way from Alabama.
Comment by Brian Magee on February 22, 2011 at 3:02pm
Hi everyone! As you may know, the AHA holds an Annual Conference, and this year is the 70th anniversary conference in Boston, MA. This year, the program features Humanist of the Year Rebecca Goldstein, and guests Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, and others! Early bird registration ends Feb. 28, so go to to guarantee your spot. Also, please see for more info. Hope to see you there!
Comment by Jennifer Hancock on February 21, 2011 at 9:41am
Dustin - check out the book - Recovering from Religion - there is a website for it and an entire movement and group for it. That guy would probably be willing to help.
Comment by Dustin Rogers on February 20, 2011 at 9:09pm

I need your help!!!  i wanna write a book like an AA or NA self book but a recovering from religion book who is willing to help?

Comment by Trevor Nelson on February 5, 2011 at 11:38am
Welcome, Stephanie! I completely understand where you're coming from. Living in Fargo, ND, to say openly godless people are out-numbered here is a drastic understatement (There are MANY un-godly people here, but most of them claim a religious affiliation). I hope this group can bring you a bit of comfort. You're definitely NOT alone. :)
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on January 30, 2011 at 5:03pm

Project 2048: Human Rights as Law


[I think all of our Humanist organizations around the world should be signing on to this. Can we start a process to get all of our international affiliate free thought and humanist organizations to endorse this effort? - Gary]

The 2048 Project's mission is to educate students and the public about the evolution of human rights, and to provide a process to draft an International Bill of Rights that will be enforceable in the courts of all countries by the year 2048, the 100th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

BOOK on topic:
2048: Humanity's Agreement to Live Together by J. Kirk Boyd 

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on January 18, 2011 at 1:21pm

new book on Stephen Jay Gould's philosophy

New Book promotion : Monthly Review
[just posting this for interest. No, I don't have any financial interest in the sales, but I liked Gould a lot and I like seeing a book on his philosophical views. There is also an informative bio about Gould on

On the death of paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould

 - Gary ]

The Science and Humanism
of Stephen Jay Gould
by Richard York and Brett Clark
223 pages / $16.95 paperback

"This thoughtful and perceptive presentation of the remarkable work of Stephen Jay Gould is most welcome. With skill and insight, the authors elucidate Gould’s contributions to evolutionary theory and to the understanding of the interactions of science and human life in many dimensions, from the social factors that enter into serious scientific inquiry to the ways in which recognition of the meaninglessness of nature sets the conditions for a humanistic concern for the achievements of creative intelligence and for how to live a decent life. Not least, they bring forth Gould’s dedication to presenting to the general public the discoveries of biological science, and what it reveals about the wonders of nature, and his inspiring commitment to justice and freedom in his life and work." — Noam Chomsky

"York and Clark present a sympathetic and expansive overview of Stephen Jay Gould’s scientific and popular writings, emphasizing how his humanism penetrated every aspect of his work. They offer an insightful interpretation of Gould’s scientific, historical, and philosophical endeavors, giving the reader a refreshing and unified view of his life’s accomplishments." — Elisabeth A. Lloyd, Indiana University, Bloomington; author, Science, Politics, and Evolution

"Stephen Jay Gould will be remembered for many things. He made major contributions to post-Darwinian evolutionary theory, its philosophy, and history. His many essays and books are models of popular science writing. Above all he had a passionate concern for social justice and was a powerful analytical critic of the ways in which 'science' has been used in support of racism and sexism. Here, sociologists Richard York and Brett Clark bring together many facets of Gould's vast output in an accessible exegesis of his ideas." — Steven Rose, editor, The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould


Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on January 1, 2011 at 5:23pm

a gift of the human... music

"Music is a human right ... art as a right of the people." - conductor and social philosopher, Gustavo Dudamel 

"If you put a musical instrument in a kid's hand he will never pick up a gun." - José Antonio Abreu

Tavis Smily special and blog. WONDERFUL documentary.
 1 hour and worth the time!

covers "El Sistema", Dudamel's social philosophy, and career in Los Angeles.

Several times during the program it was said that the arts and music education teaches sensibility.

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