Next meeting:

Saturday April 29, 2017,
9:45 a.m. til noon.
Upstairs in Quality Foods,
Driftwood Mall, Courtenay.
The lives and deaths of stars and what that means for us. Guest speaker: Jennifer Fallis Starhunter, Ph.D. Nuclear Astrophysics, NIC

Upcoming meeting topics:
May 27th – Solitary confinement and the justice system
June 24th – Artificially intelligent enough: the coming upheaval

Drop-ins are welcome - non-members are asked for a $5 donation. For more information please email

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Jan 2016 – Ethical Decision Making

Ethics is at the heart of humanism, so this was a good opportunity to look at how we make ethical decisions. Using the difficult issue of assisted dying (a hot topic in Canada right now with federal legislation pending and Quebec having recently introduced their own), we looked at five criteria for evaluating a course of action: utilitarian – what does the most...

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Nov 2015 – Developments in brain research and their societal implications

Special guest – John Marton, North Island College Psychology instructor. Topics covered included  – neuron development; brain plasticity; memory; research tools (fMRI); consciousness; fetal stress impact; meditation; ‘spiritual’ experience following temporal lobe damage; degree to which brain research can explain ‘human nature’;...

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Meeting Archive

  • March 2017 – The Flight From Reason
  • Feb 2017 – Evolution – biological, cultural and technological
  • Jan 2017 – The US election – shifts and consequences
  • Nov 2016 – Psychopaths and Sociopaths
  • Oct 2016 – Epigenetics
  • Sept 2016 – Canada’s Military Role
  • June 2016 – AI and the Singularity
  • May 2016 – Genetic Manipulation – CRISPR-Cas9 – risks and potential
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About Us

Comox Valley Humanists brochure (pdf)

Comox Valley Humanists brochure (pdf)

The Comox Valley Humanists is an independent group of freethinkers, skeptics,  humanists, and inquiring minds who share a secular worldview.

Our goal is to encourage and facilitate the discussion, understanding, and application of a secular worldview that relies on the use of human reason to understand our  world and to adapt to the challenges of the future. We support evidence-based education as an essential tool to foster a democratic, tolerant, compassionate and sustainable society free of hate and irrational beliefs.

With members from the Comox Valley and Campbell River, we meet at 9:45 am on the last Saturday of each month. Drop-ins are welcome.  If you would like to attend a meeting or find out more about the group, please email

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About Humanism

Humanism is a secular worldview based on the conviction that humans are responsible for their own behaviour and can lead fulfilling lives in which decision making is guided by reason, knowledge, honesty, fairness, and love.

Humanism is based on a number of principles, summarized here:

  • Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
  • Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change.
  • Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.
  • Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals.
  • Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.
  • Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.

Adapted from Humanist Manifesto III, American Humanist Association © 2003

Prominent British humanists explain what humanism means to them in this short video from the British Humanist Association

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