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: 779
Latest Activity: Nov 10

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 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.

posted by Gary

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 23, 2010 at 4:04pm
Yes. It took me over an hour to transcribe. I misplaced "person" for "gender". Completely my fault. I had gender or "same sex" on my mind but I failed to read what I actually typed. I hope people can play back on You Tube. It was a poignant moment when Michael Shermer went off script. He said more than just that and got some applause when he pointed out that discriminating against people just because they are different is "unChristian".

Bye the way. Do not under estimate Mexico. There is a thriving intellectual and political life, and many doubters. And the Constitution has a stricter separation of church and state than the USA according to the opinion of some Mexicans.
-- Gary
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 23, 2010 at 12:16am
a link to a YouTube video of a debate (participants including Dawkins, Shermer) : Does the Universe Havea Purpose?

Michael Shermer: "What is our purpose? We come from stardust. All of the elements of which we are made of were cooked inside stars, coalesced into new solar systems like ours, and here we are complex organisms. For 3 and 1/2 billion years life has evolved from one generation to the next not one broken chain in this long link. Darwin said instead of finding this to be depressing as our opponents think this is a grim world view, in fact it's an ennobling world view. Darwin said, "When I view all beings not as special creations, but as the lineal descendants of some few beings which lived long ago they seem to be to become ennoble. It's ennobling to think how fortunate we are to be part of that 3 and 1/2 billion year long chain. We are an integral link in that. What could be more uplifting than that. But there is more than that. We have big brains. We can do many different things to contribute to this lineal descent of hitting our genes into the next generation. In fact there is a science that studies this. It is what makes people happy, fulfilled, and feeling like they have purpose. There are four things you can do. 1. Deep love, family commitment, commitment to another person, even a person of the same person ... 2. Meaningful work and career, that is doing something productive makes people feel fulfilled, happy and have a sense of purpose. Not just to make money, but to actually do something in the world that makes a difference. 3. We are a social primate species. How we interact with other people matters. So the third thing you can do is be involved socially, politically, in your community, not just your family and your extended family but people you don't know, strangers, manning the soup kitchens, volunteering for non-profits, helping other people in some way. This is one of the things that people report makes them feel better, happier, fulfilled, giving them deep purpose in their lives. And finally 4. Some sense of transcendence, something beyond you. Now religion claims this as their monopoly, their exclusive rights to the idea of being spiritually fulfilled. This is nonsense. The religious world view is so small, so medieval in this tiny little proscenium right here at the stage on earth of which we're acting out this drama just for some grand life to come. No, that's not what counts. What counts is the here and now. If there is no after life, if there is no God, how important it is now what you do. Now is when it counts. Your relationships with other people now is what counts and matters. Not so you can chalk up some points for next life, to get a bonus and move up the ranks of to some special country club on high. No, what you do now matters. Now I'm going to close with a quote from Helen Keller most of you probably know that Helen Keller was blind, deaf, and dumb, 1930s, who found deep significance, wrote, "I know no study that will take you nearer to the way of happiness than the study of nature and I include in the study of nature, not only things and their forces, but mankind and their ways and the molding of the affections and the will into an earnest desire not only to be happy, but to create happiness and it all comes down to this, the simplest way to be happy is to do good."

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