The idea for this project and partial funding for its research and writing was provided by Gordon Gamm.— The Editors
At the core of humanism i s an ethical outlook that is based on human interests and needs. Rejecting the religious dogmas and ideologies that have done so much to damage humanity, humanists seek to promote a society in which individual freedom is respected, human welfare is promoted, and social structures are equitably configured to ensure true equal opportunity for all. To quote Free Inquiry founding editor Paul Kurtz, humanists seek “to develop just societies that will maximize both individual happiness and social well-being under conditions of fairness and equity." But have these humanist ideals had any significant influence? This essay will address this critical question.