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.

Annual General Meeting

Dorset HumanistsSaturday, 10th March 2.00pm

Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown, Bournemouth. BH9 1TW 

Together with reports from your  committee, and committee elections, this year promises to be one of the most interesting in terms of important debates, discussions and decisions. We will be discussing, and voting on, a possible name change for Dorset Humanists as well as considering whether to form a closer partnership with the British Humanist Association.

If you would like to nominate someone to join the committee, or make a
formal proposal, please pick up a nomination form at one of our meetings, or contact us. Nominations and formal proposals must be received by the end of February. 

Everyone is welcome to attend but you must be a member in order to vote.  Membership costs just £12pa.  Ask for a membership form, if you’d like to join. 

Free entry (donations appreciated)

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Events Programme Update

Event Prog to Jun 2012We’ve recently updated our events programme to take us right up to June 2012.

Our latest line-up of events includes two public debates with students from Moorlands Bible College, Medical Writer, Tom Rees on the psychology of religious belief, and local astronomer/scientist, James Fradgley returning to explain how altruistic behaviour can be reconciled with our ‘selfish genes’.

For details of all these events and more, download your copy of the the latest Dorset Humanists Events Programme here.   

(Please check the website and/or bulletins for any last minute updates to our event schedule).

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February Bulletin and Newsletter

DW 6298984 (crop)Darwin Day is nearly here! 

After all the planning, we're really excited about our best-ever Darwin celebration with our special guest speaker Robin Ince. Full details inside this month's Bulletin.

Also this month, the most atheistic country in Europe, the Christian backlash against the 'new atheism', an additional special event on the Darwin theme, why we should consider changing our group’s name, and what 'partnership' with the British Humanist Association means.

In my letter read about our planned ‘Atheists v Christians’ debates at Bournemouth University, jointly organised with Bournemouth Students’ Humanist and Atheist Society.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes,
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

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The Extraordinary Life of Robert FitzRoy: Darwin’s Commander

Fitzroy PosterThursday, 23rd February 7.30pm
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown, Bournemouth. BH9 1TW
Continuing our Darwin theme for February, David Croman will present the life of Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy who achieved lasting fame as the captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's famous voyage.
FitzRoy is often caricatured as the villain in the Darwin story, due to his opposition to ‘Darwin’s dangerous idea’ but in this we do a grave injustice to a talented and colourful character who was one of the last great explorers, a scientific pioneer and a humanitarian. With his roles including naval captain, Member of Parliament, and Governor of New Zealand amongst others, it's not surprising that Darwin himself described him as being 'A very extraordinary person'.
Come and join us for a fascinating evening, as David Croman relates the ‘extraordinary life’ of Robert FitzRoy. David Croman is a psychologist and a former chair of Dorset Humanists, with a keen interest in history.
Everyone welcome! 
Free entry (donations appreciated)
If you can help us promote this event by displaying an A4 poster, please email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF copy.
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Darwin Day Special with Robin Ince

Robin Ince Poster 2Saturday, 11 February 2012 

Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

Lunch: 12.00pm to 2.00pm

Robin Ince: 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Book now for Darwin Day 2012!

This year's Darwin Day Lunch will be in the splendid surroundings of the Bayview Suite at the Bournemouth International Centre, and we’re delighted to announce that Robin Ince will be our very special guest speaker. His passion for science combined with his incisive observational comedy make him the perfect choice for this year’s Darwin Day celebration.

Robin began his career as a writer and has worked on shows for Ricky Gervais among others. He's been a regular attraction at the Edinburgh Fringe, has toured with Brian Cox, Ben Goldacre and Simon Singh in the science spectacular, 'Uncaged Monkeys', and has recently been starring in his show, 'Happiness through Science'.

In contrast to our regular free programme, we are making a small charge for this special event. We’ve sold out of ‘Lunch Inclusive’ tickets already but we still have a few ‘speaker only’ tickets available, so don’t leave it too late to book!

As places are very limited we are giving priority to Dorset Humanists' members and members of our Facebook group (along with members of the affiliated Bournemouth Student Humanists and Atheists group).

‘Speaker only’ (2.00pm to 3.30pm) ticket prices are:

£3 for members of Dorset Humanists
£3 for students
£6 for everyone else

For more details, and to reserve and pay for your ticket, please contact Jane at jane.bannister(at)yahoo.co.uk

Reserve your place now to avoid disappointment.
(Please note that you will need a ticket, or reservation, to attend)

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