The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association is dedicated to raising the awareness of people of the Gulf Coast region to the ideals and values of secular humanism.

What is Humanism?

Humanists reject superstitious beliefs. Instead, we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared values. We can make the best of life by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, and choosing to take responsibility for our actions.

It is important to act morally towards others, not because of a divine imperative, but because people have inherent dignity. We have only one life, it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it well.

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Upcoming Events

Please see the NOSHA Calendar for all scheduled events.

  • Be in the studio audience for “The Humanist Perspective”

    May 20 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm at NOA-TV Community Station

    We’ll have two interesting shows this evening! If you have ever wondered how we create the monthly television program “The Humanist Perspective” (which was a beloved creation of our President Emeritus Harry Greenberger to showcase secular humanism, local culture and issues of importance to our community), here’s your chance to learn more! You will be up close and personal and will find out about the production steps that go in to making it. The only main requirements are ...

  • Join Us for a Skeptics Cocktail Hour – May

    May 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at The Columns Hotel

    It’s time to enjoy the atmosphere of this lovely spot before the heat of summer settles in for a cocktail hour and good conversation. It’s long overdue! Look for us on the porch or on the side courtyard depending on the weather and the crowds.

  • Sunday Freethinkers Fika – May

    May 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at CC’s Coffee House

    Our monthly Freethinkers Fika is a small, friendly social gathering for humanists, atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers to engage in free discussion with like-minded others in a coffee-shop atmosphere. Secular Humanism is a philosophy that seeks to make sense of the world using science, reason, and shared values; we reject attempts to explain the world in supernatural terms. This philosophy forms the basis for our affiliation in NOSHA, and thus will necessarily inform the perspective from which...

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

Why Do I Write?

.     “….no one is born to be anything but human.”—Eugene C. Thomas   Eugene C. Thomas—Baba Geno—has been  a recent guest on NOSHA’s cable access television program The Humanist Perspective. Insights into his life becoming  the consummate humanist, from student and soldier, to spiritualist, writer, community radio broadcaster, and attorney-at law, can be heard at the link above.  Here, he shares an introduction to his planned book compilation of essays and observations–edited, with permission from him.    …

The Self-Destructive Denial of Climate Change

    Denialism has always been synonymous with human nature; that is, any definition of “human nature” would need to include this frailty. We follow our confirmation bias to defy reality and challenge evidence  that is widely accepted by society.   The term climate change evolved before from what was known in the 1980s as “Global Warming.” The rise of an increasingly globalized economy spurred several multinational corporations— like Exxon—to undertake studies which yielded findings that there could be catastrophic…

The Cure That Wasn’t

  Walter Kaufmann (1921-1980) was a philosopher, translator, and poet. His translations and interpretations of Nietzsche’s work are considered by many of his contemporaries to be the standard; and the influence of Nietzsche’s and other 20th Century philosophers and psychological theorists of the early modern age—as well as his poetic bent—are evident in this excerpt from Critique of Religion and Philosophy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, fifth paperback printing, 1990) in a chapter titled “The Core of Religion.”     Man…


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