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Positive Humanism: A Quick Guide to Living the Good, Secular Life

Presented by Bo Bennett, PhD

This is a quick course on Positive Humanism, an applied secular humanistic philosophy based on the scientific findings of positive psychology that focuses on personal, professional, and societal flourishing. This course presents an alternative to religions that require belief in the supernatural.

Make Sense of the World Without the Need for Magic

Learn how positive humanism can help you love life
Understand morality and ethics without the need for a god
Learn how to get the benefits of religion without the religion
Understand reason from a naturalistic perspective
Learn how to view freewill that is compatible with science
Learn how to live a balanced life without irrationality
Understand death and dying from a secular perspective


Learn How To Love Life Under a Secular Worldview

As an applied philosophy it offers practical solutions to increase well-being. As a humanistic philosophy, there are no appeals to the supernatural, the magical, or the mystical—the philosophy is founded on reason and critical thinking. The philosophy is science-based, meaning it is void of the unsupported and/or exaggerated claims and the constant confusing of correlation with causality often found in the self-help genre. The philosophy is grounded in the theories of positive psychology, which is the study of the other side of the mental health spectrum—human thriving. The philosophy focuses on concrete strategies to help individuals in all areas of personal growth and professional success, primarily through being of prosocial acts and through distributed kindness.

This course is especially beneficial for the many people who no longer can believe the supernatural claims of their former religion, but still don't know how to understand life's important questions from a secular point of view. Best of all, this course can bring one peace of mind and greater well-being.

Audience

This course was designed for students 13 and up.

Learning Resources

For this course, text, audio, and video resources are used. All of the resources are compatible with virtually all modern web-browsers and mobile devices.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, all students will receive a certificate of completion that can be printed and shared with potential employers. See a sample certificate of completion.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Resources

There are no required resources for this course.

Optional Resources

The book Positive Humanism: A Primer is not required, but suggested.

Course Organization

This course begins with an introduction lesson, then the other lessons presented are in no particular order. You are free to skip around to the lessons that interest you most at the time and complete the lessons in any order.

Student Evaluation

This course contains self-evaluated assignments and multiple choice quizzes. There are no due dates or time limits on any of the assignments or quizzes.

Student Expectations

As a self-paced course, there are no time expectations. However, student support is limited to 6 months from the start of the course date. Students are expected to communicate with instructors and other students in a professional and respectful manner.

This Syllabus May Be Updated

The contents of this syllabus may change from time to time. All students will be notified by e-mail of any significant changes.

Lessons in this Course

Click on any lesson below to see the lesson details. If you are a student and logged in, or if the lesson is a sample lesson, you will be able to go to the lesson.

Lesson #1: Course Introduction (sample lesson)

Lesson #1: Course Introduction

The topics in this lesson include:

Positive humanism is not anti-religion; it is however anti-anti-humanism.

Positive humanism is not for everyone.

Positive humanism is not the same as positive psychology.

Positive humanism is not the same as humanism.

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Lesson #2: Positive Humanism 2.0: Living the Good, Secular Life

Lesson #2: Positive Humanism 2.0: Living the Good, Secular Life

In this lesson, the following will be covered:

The history of positive humanism

Why positive psychology?

Why positive humanism?
Lesson #3: The Morality of Positive Humanism

Lesson #3: The Morality of Positive Humanism

In this lesson, the following will be covered:

Why man created God

Thoughts on objectivity and subjectivity

Collective well-being of humanity as a moral foundation

Relativity does not mean anarchy

Understanding secular morality





Lesson #4: Religion: A Middleman to Well-Being

Lesson #4: Religion: A Middleman to Well-Being

In this lesson, the following will be covered:

Why religion is more of a means to an end

How science provides evidence that religion itself is unnecessary for well-being

An introduction to PERMA - the five dimensions of well-being




Lesson #5: Making Sense of Reason

Lesson #5: Making Sense of Reason

In this lesson, the following will be covered:

The origin of reason

The foundation of reason

The development of reason in our species

The secular justification for reason










Lesson #6: Exploring the “F” Word: Freewill

Lesson #6: Exploring the “F” Word: Freewill

In this lesson, the following will be covered:

What is “freewill?”

The real problem of freewill

The freewill controversy

What really matters in regards to freewill

Freewill and the positive humanist







Lesson #7: “Balance” Does Not Have To Mean Being Irrational

Lesson #7: “Balance” Does Not Have To Mean Being Irrational

In this lesson, the following will be covered:

The meaning of "arationality"

The difference between a feeling and an explanation of a feeling

Using reason to add balance to your life





Lesson #8: On Dying and Living

Lesson #8: On Dying and Living

In this lesson, the following will be covered:

The benefits of and reasons for fearing death

The benefits of facing reality based on probability and science

How to live knowing you are going to die






About Your Instructor

Bo Bennett, PhD. Bo's interest in psychology began as an undergraduate studying marketing, specifically, consumer behavior. After many years immersed in the business world, Bo returned to school and received his master's degree in general psychology. He continued to the PhD program in social psychology, focusing on social, cognitive, and positive psychology.

Bo is the administrator of SociallyPsyched.org, a comprehensive collection of social/cognitive psychology experiments, studies, demonstrations, biases, and systematic reviews, presented in an entertaining way while adhering to academic standards. As part of this effort, Bo creates videos that can be found on his YouTube channel. He is also the administrator of PositiveHumanism.com, a website devoted to positive humanism—an applied humanistic philosophy based on the scientific findings of positive psychology that focuses on personal, professional, and societal flourishing.

Bo's personal motto is "Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime." Much of his charitable work is in the area of education—not teaching people what to think, but how to think. His projects include his book, The Concept: A Critical and Honest Look at God and Religion, and Logically Fallacious, the most comprehensive collection of logical fallacies. Bo's personal blog is called Relationship With Reason, where he writes about several topics related to critical thinking. His secular (humanistic) philosophy is detailed at PositiveHumanism.com.

Course Rating

(4 ratings)

Course Information

Self-Evaluated Course Option:

  • 8 lessons
  • 5 videos
  • 45 narrated slides
  • 21 discussion questions
  • 10 terms and definitions
  • 17 self-evaluated assignments
  • 40 multiple-choice quiz questions
  • upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an authenticated certificate of completion

A total of approximately 4 hours of student learning.

$19.95
Limited Time Offer: $ 9.95

Instructor-Evaluated Course Option:

Everything in the self-evaluated course option, PLUS...

  • 5 instructor-evaluated assignments
  • direct access to the instructor for one-on-one, personalized learning
  • upon successful completion of this course, students will also receive a more personalized letter of achievement that can be added to any resume or CV.

A total of approximately 7 hours of student learning.

Why Take the Instructor-Evaluated Course?
The assignment questions are designed to start a discussion where I can help you embrace this secular philosophy and personally address your concerns.

- Bo Bennett, PhD, Instructor

$99.00
Limited Time Offer: $59.00


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Books Used In This Course

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Student Testimonials

I liked this course very much. The proof is that once I started it, I couldn't walk away from it, and did the whole thing. In one day, and learned from it. The lessons are clear, and at a length that matches my attention span. Further, I didn't find myself having to go to a dictionary to understand the viewpoint presented, which is indeed positive, and is indeed humanistic. It also seems like a safe place to be, and a place where the intentions are to help the students.

Don Lawrence
Self-Evaluated Option
Student since Jan 3 2017
Day 319 of enrollment

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