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.

Learning to Live Well Together

Learning to Live Well Together 14 April 2018Saturday 14th April 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Dr Allan Hayes

Taking his title from a recent book on interfaith diversity by Tom Wilson and Riaz Ravat, lifelong humanist Allan Hayes is concerned that, at a time when we need to bring people together, we are instead dividing children by religion, allowing the divisions between science and religion to deepen, and failing to promote a shared understanding of humanity. What can we do about it? In this enlightening presentation Allan will be highlighting some of the ways in which we can all engage constructively with diversity. He will also address how religious education can be reformed and improved.

Former Church of England choirboy Allan Hayes became a lifelong humanist from the age of 14. He has taught maths at Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Purdue University Indiana, and at the University of Leicester. He has served on the boards of the British Humanist Association, the Sea of Faith Network, All Faiths and None, and Leicester Secular Society.

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

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Reforming Prisons for a Better Society

Prison Reform 28 March 2018Wednesday 28th March 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

A talk by Rob Preece - Campaigns and Communications Manager at the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Overcrowded prisons are a menace to society. As we send more and more people to prison, more and more people are swept into deeper currents of violence, drugs, frustration and mental distress. Incidents of assault and self-injury in prisons have risen to record levels. In 2016, prisoners in England and Wales lost their lives through suicide at a rate of one every three days. If we want prisons to be places of genuine reform, where people leave less likely to commit crime, we must ask ourselves hard questions about how and why we use them – and take steps to improve them.  

Since joining the Howard League in 2012, Rob has worked on some of the charity’s most successful campaigns. They include the award-winning ‘Books For Prisoners’ campaign, which overturned government restrictions on prisoners receiving books from family and friends. A trained journalist, he lobbies decision-makers and gives media interviews and presentations on behalf of the charity.

The Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK. 

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. Please email Chairman@dorsethumanists.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

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

Members’ Lunch and Annual General Meeting

AGM 10 March 2018Saturday 10th March 1.15pm / 2.15pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

Dorset Humanists is a community group which has provided a friendly meeting place for non-religious people in Bournemouth and surrounding areas for over twenty years. We have established ourselves as a respected voice for reason and humanity, and Humanists UK has recognised that we are one of its most successful partner groups. None of this would be possible without the loyalty and support of our subscribing members and so, as a ‘thank you’, we are providing a complimentary buffet lunch prior to our AGM. Visitors and non-members are also very welcome to attend but we ask for a £3.00 donation for lunch – or you can join Dorset Humanists on the day!

Our AGM is a sociable, enjoyable, and sometimes controversial event. Please join us to have your say on the future of Dorset Humanists. Lunch is at 1.15pm and our AGM starts at 2.15pm. Further details of AGM business can be found in the March bulletin available on our website (Please note: everyone is welcome to attend the AGM, but only subscribing members may vote on resolutions. Dorset Humanists Annual membership costs £15).

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. Please email Dave at DHweb2(at)live.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

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

The Day After Tomorrow: Our Oceans and Climate Change

Day After Tomorrow 28 February 2018Wednesday 28th February 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Professor of Physical Oceanography Meric Srokosz

Anthropogenic climate change is now accepted by virtually all credible scientists in the relevant fields. Professor of Physical Oceanography Meric Srokosz will be exploring the role of the oceans in climate and climate change, and explaining how the earth’s climate is actually changing and the consequent effects. Points of interest in this presentation will include the impact of sea level rises, the potential changes in global weather patterns, and a look at the effect of ocean acidification. All of these factors could have dramatic effects on both marine ecosystems and human populations, so it is essential that we gain a fuller understanding of them and work together to limit environmental damage.

Professor of Physical Oceanography Meric Srokosz coordinates the Rapid Climate Change programme looking at how changes in the north Atlantic circulation will affect UK and northwest European climate.

“Join us for an expert’s review of the impact of climate change on our planet’s vital ocean ecosystems”

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. Please email Dave at DHweb2(at)live.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

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

What Next for Humans in an Age of Machines?

What Next for Humans in an Age of Machines 10 February 2018Saturday 10th February 12.00pm/2.00pm 
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

With Artificial Intelligence Expert Dr Kate Devlin

Celebrate Darwin Day in style with a delicious three course buffet lunch in BIC’s Purbeck Lounge, followed by a thought-provoking talk from our special guest Dr Kate Devlin. We live in an age where automation of our everyday world is becoming increasingly achievable, and we barely notice artificial intelligence because it blends seamlessly into our lives. For as long as humans have existed, we’ve used technology - from sticks to smartphones - to improve our existence but will we reach a point where that technology usurps us? What happens if, or when, we become redundant, and where does life go next? Join us for an insider’s view of what it means to be human in an age of ever-advancing machines.

Kate Devlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence, and is known for her work on human sexuality and robotics.

Booking Information

Italian buffet lunch and presentation (12:00pm start): £25 per person

Presentation only (2:00pm start): £3 per person (inc tea/coffee)

For tickets, please see Lyn Glass at our meetings, or phone 01202 767323, or email lyn.glass@btinternet.com (Please book lunches by 30th January).

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. Please email Dave at DHweb2(at)live.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

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