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. This website [January 2019] does not include our Short Talks or Walks - see https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/ instead.

'The Evolution of Human Morality’ - Darwin Day speaker - Diana Fleischman

The 2019 Darwin Day Celebration Lunch on Saturday 9th February at 12.00pm followed by a talk at 2.00pm at the Bournemouth International Centre.  Info also on Meetup.

‘The Evolution of Human Morality’

Our Darwin Day guest speaker is Diana Fleischman who grew up in in the Southern United States in a religious and conservative area where evolution was not taught in school. At the age of twelve, she was called ‘monkey girl’ for endorsing evolution. Her sceptical perspective on religion was reinforced by attending both church and synagogue. During a formative year at the London School of Economics, shortly after the September 11th attacks, Diana read Richard Dawkins and other evolutionists and this stimulated her interest in atheism and evolutionary psychology.

In this talk, Diana will explain that human morality developed in small face-to-face groups in which humans lived for hundreds of thousands of years. Survivors protected themselves against hostile out-groups, butchered animals, prioritized the welfare of themselves and their kin and somehow managed to maintain a moral reputation whilst exploiting opportunities for cheating.

Our world is very different. Today we are aware of the suffering of billions of strangers and trillions of animals, our moral inconsistencies are magnified by surveillance, and we must prevent artificial agents developing a morality completely antithetical to our survival. How does our evolved morality cope with this novel ethical landscape and will we allow ourselves moral enhancement?

Diana is an evolutionary psychologist (Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor) at the University of Portsmouth.

Lunch & Talk Ticket (12.00pm start): £22 Members / £25 non-members including a welcoming glass of wine or soft drink, followed by a 2-course Italian buffet lunch & coffee. Talk only Ticket (2.00pm start): £4.00 includes coffee or tea on arrival. Bookings: Lyn Glass 01202 767323 lyn.glass@btinternet.com

A Secular Pilgrimage: Humanist responses to painting - John Hubbard

When: Wednesday 23rd January 2019 7.30pm
Meetup details: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/257585379/

Putting the non-religious into religious education - Luke Donnellan

When: Saturday 12th January 2019 2.00pm
Where: Moordown Community Centre BH9 1TW
What: Putting the non-religious into religious education Luke Donnellan, Head of Education at Humanists UK.

The past couple of years have seen greater recognition that religious education should involve more than just teaching about religion, and humanism is being taught as an example of a non-religious worldview in more schools than ever. However, there is still a long way to go for humanism to be given equal recognition to the world's major religions within the curriculum. Luke Donnellan will discuss the current status of RE in schools, provide suggestions on the best way to deliver good teaching about humanism, and describe both the successes taking place in schools and the work that still needs to be done.

Luke is the Head of Education at Humanists UK, responsible for promoting the understanding of Humanism, especially in formal education settings. He manages Humanists UK’s school speakers programme; teacher training and Continuing Professional Development; and the production of educational resources. Before joining Humanists UK, he was a primary school teacher and maths leader. He also worked as a freelance philosophy teacher in both primary and secondary schools.

Meetup details: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/257585129/?isFirstPublish=true

Nine Secular Lessons & Carols

Unmissable world premiere! The Dorset Humanists Choir will perform for the very first time at our ‘Nine Secular Lessons & Carols’ evening. We have a great line up of festive tunes and seasonal readings. Complimentary wine, nibbles and mince pies will be served.

Please give generously to our Jane Bannister Winter Appeal on the night. Our sponsored charities this year are Michael House for the homeless and Mosaic for bereaved children.

Please note the time and venue for this event which replaces our normal Moordown meeting on the second Saturday of December.

Where? Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3NS
When? Saturday 8th December 2018 6.30pm
Leaflet: Advertise this event locally. Download the leaflet here.

The Atheist Bus Campaign and ‘Talk Yourself Better’ - A talk by Ariane Sherine


Where? Green House Hotel, Grove Road, BH1 3AX
When? Wednesday 28th November 7.30pm

A talk by Ariane Sherine

Comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine created and organised the Atheist Bus Campaign, persuading Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association to support her. Buses with variations on the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” ran in 13 countries across the globe. As a result, Ariane received an inbox full of hate mail from Christians, which eventually led to a major nervous breakdown and suicidal ideation. She ended her journalistic career and didn’t write again for over three years. In this talk, she will tell the full story of how therapy and medication saved her life, prompting her to write her new book, Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help. Ariane will be signing copies of her book after the talk.

Limited capacity venue – please say you are coming on our Meetup site: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/256078223/

What people have said about Talk Yourself Better:

“Brilliant – makes the baffling comprehensible.” JEREMY VINE

"What an excellent, long-overdue idea! A super-accessible guide, through the bewildering marketplace of modern therapy, to ease our noble search for help." DERREN BROWN

“How do we cope with this brutal world? In this witty, revealing book Ariane Sherine runs through the ways. An excellent, funny and thought-provoking read for all who seek answers.” ARTHUR SMITH

Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, New Statesman, New Humanist and The Spectator. She lives in London with her seven-year-old daughter, Lily.