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.

Finding a Path

SFinding a Path 11 November 2017aturday 11th November 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Biologist and Filmmaker Jane Atkins

Brought up in Africa Jane Atkins was inspired by the extraordinary places she visited with her parents that included wildlife parks in Zambia and Zimbabwe, lakes and mountains in Malawi, and war-torn Ethiopia and Eritrea. She trained as a biologist and film-maker, and spent 12 years at the BBC Natural History Unit during which time she worked on landmark series such as ‘Human Planet’ and ‘Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom’. Travelling to places as diverse as Papua New Guinea and Texas has deeply affected her thoughts about cultures and religion, yet the natural world – its quietness, beauty, inspiration and wonder - has always been something of a sacred place for Jane. In this talk she shares the fascinating story of how she combined her passions in photography, art and the natural science to ‘find her own path’.

“Join us for a stimulating afternoon in the company of Jane Atkins as she shares inspirational episodes from her life as a biologist and filmmaker”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

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You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Please email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

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Astounding Science and Our Genetic Legacy

Astounding Science and Our Genetic Legacy 25 October 2017Wednesday 25th October 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With scientist Graham Marshall

The ancestor we share with chimpanzees lived around six million years ago, and we have lived as ‘modern’ humans for only a few hundred thousand years. For just a miniscule fraction of that latter time we have learned to use the scientific method to gain a better understanding of our history and the world around us, and it is easily forgotten that we were fashioned by evolution in small groups on the plains of Africa, and that our inner natures have not changed. Our improved evidence-based knowledge of who we are gives us the power to rise above our basic survival instincts of greed and fear, and the selfish programming of our genes, but can our predicted future population of around 10 billion humans, who have all evolved to be hunter gatherers, adapt quickly enough? Graham Marshall will be reviewing some of the most amazing scientific advances of the last 70 years and will consider how well our species is adapting to modern life in light of our genetic legacy.

Graham Marshall studied physics at Birmingham and Nottingham universities, and his career has included developing electronic devices at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in Malvern, and a scientific post at the British Embassy in Japan.

“Join us for a stimulating review of the most important recent scientific advances and a thoughtful examination of the impact of our genetic legacy”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

Faith to Faithless

Faith to Faithless 14 October 2017Saturday 14th October 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Co-founder of Faith to Faithless Imtiaz Shams

Although non-religious people account for around one-fifth of the world’s population, those of us who do not believe are treated poorly in many communities. Discrimination and ill treatment can occur in many areas of life including within families, institutions, societies, and states. For those who are minorities within minorities, such as apostates or those having different faiths within majority faith communities, such discrimination is often much worse and can include rejection, victimisation and even violence. ‘Faith to faithless’ was founded in 2015 by Aliyah Saleem and Imtiaz Shams to support people facing religious discrimination and to draw attention in particular to the discrimination faced by minorities within minorities. It also offers a platform to the faithless to come out in public and speak out against this discrimination. Faith to Faithless is now a part of Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association).

“Join us for a review of the activities of ‘faith to faithless’, and an insider’s view of life as an apostate within a religious community”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome! 

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

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The Joys of Being a Volunteer End of Life Companion

Joys of Being an End of Life Volunteer Companion 27 September 2017Wednesday 27th September 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Mandy Preece from Macmillan Caring Locally

No one should face the end of their life alone. Macmillan Caring Locally has a team of specialist volunteer end of life companions who sit and support patients and their families. Unlike medical staff who may be very busy, or friends and family who may be overcome with emotion, the end of life companions help by listening to people come to terms with their death and enable them to find peace in their final moments. Mandy Preece, founder of the role, will be giving an uplifting and inspiring talk about the joys of sitting with people. She will share the laughter and the tears, and speak honestly about how sitting with the dying also helps the volunteers gain a deeper appreciation of their own lives. As one volunteer said, “I don’t worry as much. I live much more for the moment and I’ve learnt to truly respect people. It is simple, it’s all about listening.” Donations to Macmillan Caring Locally will be gratefully received.

“Join us to discover the joys of being an ‘End of Life Volunteer Companion

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

CND and Labour's Nuclear Conflict

CND and Labour's Nuclear Conflict 09 September 2017Saturday 09th September 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Chair of London Region CND Carol Turner

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was founded in the late 1950s at the height of the Cold War to non-violently campaign to rid the world of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Carol Turner will provide an overview of CND’s aims and objectives, sharing a selection of the movement’s most colourful characters and historical highlights, followed by a critique of the arguments for and against Britain’s nuclear defence capability. Political support for nuclear disarmament has usually come from parties on the left of the political spectrum, and in addition to her own research, Carol will be drawing from interviews with key Labour figures over recent decades, which also provide us with some fascinating insights into the turbulent struggles within the party over this most crucial of questions. Finally, she will consider the impact of having CND Vice-President Jeremy Corbyn as Labour’s leader.

Carol Turner is a long time peace and anti-war campaigner. She is Chair of London Region CND and a national officer of Stop the War Coalition. She is the author of Corbyn and Trident: Labour’s continuing controversy.

“Join us for a fascinating exploration of the pros and cons of nuclear disarmament”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.