Humanist Action Kit
February focuses on science and critical thinking as we celebrate academic and social justice achievements that have shaped history immensely. As the Ten Commitments says, thinking critically allows us to make sense of information and reason our way to good judgments and effective solutions to the problems we face while rigorously avoiding pitfalls like rationalization, conformity, and stereotyping. This process forms the basis of the scientific method, which opens the door for new discoveries through hypothesizing and experimenting. Critical thinking is a skill that requires continued attention, practice, and reflection. Exercising our minds to build these skills enables us to challenge biases in ourselves and in others, paving the way for a fair, open-minded, and autonomous perspective that fosters a multicultural worldview.
Useful Dates for February
Invite a Local Scientist/Researcher to Present
Learn about new scientific developments by having a scientist come talk to your group. Graduate students are often eager to share their current research too. They will probably have great recommendations on other speakers to invite and books or articles to discuss.
Recognize Darwin Day with a Proclamation/Resolution/Invocation
Encourage your local government to issue a Darwin Day Proclamation or Resolution. Or request to give a Darwin Day Invocation at a meeting. Sample text is available on the Darwin Day website. Let us know about if your group is successfull and we’ll share it with others!
Letters to the Editor
A Letter to the Editor (or LTE) is a great way for your group to raise awareness on important issues locally, nationally, and globally, as well as get media attention for your group. Consider discussing your ideas during a letter-writing party. Here are step-by-step instructions, some additional tips, and below are some prompts you can use for February:
– Why is it important to know/learn about evolution? Why should access to evolution teachings matter?
– Why should evolution and science not be a controversy to teach in public schools?
– What social justice issues should we as a community tackle?
– Why is social justice an imperative of humanists?
Recommended Books & Movies
Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism by Christopher Cameron
Darwin’s Apostles: The Men Who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted and How the Battle Continues By David Orenstein and Abby Hafer
Pepper’s Special Wings by Mary Anne Farah
A Short History of Evolution by Carl S. Coon
More books, articles, videos, etc on DarwinDay.org. And here are three recent books on evolution for kids.
Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge by Gerald Edelman
Critical Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide to Critical Thinking, Better Decision Making, and Problem Solving! by Jennifer Wilson
Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk by Massimo Pigliucci
More will be added