Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

Dorset Humanists Choir Rehersals

The Humanists Choir will meet for ten rehearsals this autumn to prepare to perform a secular ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ concert at The Dorset Humanists mid-winter meeting on Saturday 8th December.

Anyone who would like to try singing is welcome to join us at our weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30, commencing on 1st October.  Rehearsals are held at Iford Baptist Church, 21 Old Bridge Rd, Bournemouth BH6 5RG.

Each rehearsal costs £7.50 to attend or £70.00 for the season.  Concessions are available.


Queries?  contact Simon Whipple  on 01425 674844 or email simon.whipple@hotmail.co.uk.


Claire Atkinson, Choir Mistress


Dorset Humanists Choir

Where? Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, BH9 1TW
When? Saturday 8th September 3.30pm (after the 2pm talk)
What? There will be an opportunity for potential choir members to meet our choirmistress Claire Atkinson after our main meeting on Saturday 8th September. This year the choir will meet for rehearsals on Monday evenings, commencing on 1st October, working towards performing a secular ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ concert at our Moordown meeting on 8th December.

If you have any queries or are unable to attend on 8th September please contact Simon on 01425 674844 or email simon.whipple@hotmail.co.uk.

Claire Atkinson


Evolution and Ethics with Prof. Greg Atkins

Where? Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX
When? Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm
What? Where does morality come from? Homo sapiens has existed for about 200,000 years, but only for about 10,000 years in civilised society. The rest of the time we existed as hunter-gatherers, and the species from which we evolved were also hunter-gatherers. Evolutionary characteristics, including ethics, are likely to have been formed long before the rise of civilisation. Some patterns of behaviour are inherited in societies but a large amount of experimental data has now shown that perhaps more than 80 per cent of our basic behaviour patterns are controlled by our genes.

Greg Atkins was a Professor of Science (Virology) at Trinity College Dublin until he retired and a founder member of the Humanist Association of Ireland.

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Dorset-Humanists/events/253759353/

Short Talks: Is everything really getting worse?

When? Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where?  Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX
What? David Warden and Phil Butcher will introduce two books by Steven Pinker, the Canadian-American cognitive psychologist.

Phil's talk is based loosely on SP's "The Better Angels of our Nature" and on his TED talk on "The Surprising Decline in Violence" which he gave while preparing the book.

David will talk about "Enlightenment Now" in which SP writes about universal human nature, humanism, the threat from authoritarian populism, religious fundamentalism and radicalism of the left and right, but overall his optimism for the future of humanity.

As usual, we would like to cover the venue costs by requesting a (voluntary) contribution of about £2 or 3 please on the night.

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Dorset-Humanists/events/251994533/

Left Behind? Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland

When? Saturday, 8 September 2018, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where? Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown · Bournemouth, BH9 1TW
What? A talk by Northern Ireland Humanists Development Officer Boyd Sleator. Boyd will be discussing how part of the UK has been left behind when it comes to human rights and equality.

Northern Ireland is probably the most conservative part of the UK, and even though it has a devolved government, that does not stop it being under the jurisdiction of Westminster. For the last 50 years, women in the rest of the UK have had access to abortion health care, yet today in Northern Ireland, women are still being prosecuted for obtaining abortion pills. Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have all allowed for same-sex couples to marry, yet in Northern Ireland, where the vast majority of people and most Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are in favour of same-sex marriage, the conservative Christian politicians block it.

Boyd will talk about what Northern Ireland Humanists, with the help of Humanists UK, are doing to drag this small part of the UK into the 21st century. The main talk ends at 3.30pm. After the refreshment break we will have a members' meeting which everyone is welcome to attend.

More on Meetup:  https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Dorset-Humanists/events/253759183/