Philosophy that espouses reason, ethics, and the search for human fulfillment, and specifically rejects supernatural and religious dogma as the basis of morality and decision-making. A life stance that focuses on the way human beings can lead happy and functional lives. Posits that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or God. Emphasizes the unique responsibility facing humanity and the ethical consequences of human decisions. Understanding of free thought, speech, and inquiry as an intrinsic part of human potential. Seeks tolerance of all types of diversity. See also: humanism.