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Humanists are people who reject the idea that knowledge can come from supernatural revelation, prophetic visions or divinely inspired books and believe the way to understand the world around us is through evidence, experience and reason.
Revelations, scriptures and visions have a terrible track-record as
sources of truth about the way the world is.
Prophets have predicted the end of the world on many occasions, but we are still here; holy books contain a description of the universe which is totally inaccurate.
Out of all the various methods that people have tried to use to find out how the world works, observation, experimentation and the testing of theories against evidence have the best track-record.
Good scientists and historians are always prepared to change their opinions if new evidence contradicts them; they put forward revised theories, also to be tested. That is how our understanding of the world has increased.
The reason we know that many theories are true is because they have passed such tests. And it is not just academics who apply this method – we all use it in our daily lives to decide what is true.