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.

Richard Dawkins due at Ancestor’s Trail 2012

dawkins2 The organisers of the 2012 Ancestor’s Trail event are delighted to have confirmed Richard Dawkins as their keynote speaker

The Ancestor’s Trail is a shared walk over the Quantock Hills in Somerset, which takes place this year on the Bank Holiday weekend: 25th – 27th August 2012.

The event was inspired by Richard Dawkins’ book “The Ancestor’s Tale - a pilgrimage to the dawn of life” and rewinds the evolutionary history of our species, and many others, back to our shared origins 3.7 billion years ago. The Ancestor’s Trail traces the same journey on foot, and aligns Darwin’s Tree of Life with the many footpaths straddling the Quantock hills.

Symbolically, as each group follows their trail, they walk further into history until, at pre-specified times, they rendezvous with the walkers following the Human trail. In this way the ever-increasing band of ‘pilgrims’ arrives together at the Dawn of Life ~ Kilve beach, appropriately famous for its fossils.

Along the trail, rendezvous points will be marked by appropriate words of wisdom, music and performance. Many people choose to walk the Human Trail (13.5 miles), but there are  also numerous alternative shorter routes (some less than a mile).

In addition to the eponymous walk, the weekend includes a host of top quality lectures, and other entertainment. Confirmed speakers include, Richard Dawkins, Alom Shah (author of the Young Atheist’s Handbook), Prof. Norman Mclean (Author of Silent Summer) and many more.

For full details of evening event prices, accommodation options (including camping), and a list of speakers, please visit http://ancestorstrail.net/

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