What is reality? How do we know?

Imagine living four thousand years ago. What would you believe about you reality? You would believe that you live on the surface of a flat plain, with the stars and the sun rising and setting each day, moving predictably across the sky. Your senses would tell you this...

In Defense of Free Speech

Why are we now, in 2019 revisiting basic human rights such as the right of free expression? How have we come to the point where our Prime Minister is having international discussions about having free expression curtailed on social media? In the same way the World...
Condemnation of Sri Lankan Bombings

Condemnation of Sri Lankan Bombings

Today the people of Sri Lanka experienced terror on attacks on Christian churches leaving more than one hundred innocent people dead and hundreds more injured. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. As with the Christchurch shootings last month there are...
The Engagement Maximizers

The Engagement Maximizers

Nick Bostrom described a thought experiment in 2003 about a paperclip maximizer, an artificially general intelligent system whose utility function is to maximize paper clip production. The paperclip maximizer would lack the social values of humans, and so would...
Statement on Christchurch Shootings

Statement on Christchurch Shootings

New Zealand is a country built on principles of an open and free society, where people are free to believe and worship as they please. The New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists stand fast to this principle as it is the cornerstone of an enlightened...