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.

Erasmus Darwin and the Lunar Men - Talk



When: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
What: A talk by David Croman. This fully illustrated talk will start with the life of the extraordinary physician, innovative inventor, botanist, scientist, engineer, poet, evolutionist, and grandfather of Charles Darwin. Erasmus Darwin was a leading member of a group of key pioneers including Josiah Wedgwood and James Watt. They shared their ideas and informed and challenged each other at regular meetings of the Lunar Society. David Croman is a former Secretary of Dorset Humanists.
Where: Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, BH9 1TW


The Good Delusion: What’s The Closest We Can Get to Objective Ethics? A talk by Alex O'Connor

When

Saturday 13th April 2.00pm

Where

Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Bournemouth BH9 1TB

Detail

In this brand new talk for Dorset Humanists, Alex J. O'Connor offers a means to ground ethics in a way that allows us to determine what people should and shouldn’t do as a matter of fact, whilst dispensing with terms like ‘good’ and ‘bad.’ The concept of good may be delusory, but ethics does not have to be.

Alex is the owner of the Cosmic Skeptic Blog and YouTube channel. He is an ex-Catholic, atheist, science enthusiast and an advocate for political and educational secularism. His YouTube channel currently has more than 240,000 subscribers and he is a first year student at the University of Oxford, reading theology and philosophy.

'(Almost) Seventy Years an Atheist'. A talk by Geoff Kirby.

When

Wednesday 3rd April 7.30pm 2019

Where

Dorset Room, Colliton Club, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ.

Details

West Dorset Humanists present: (Almost) Seventy Years an Atheist. A talk by Geoff Kirby. In 1951, Geoff had a ‘Road to Damascus’ moment – but in reverse – when he suddenly gave up all belief in gods. But the 1950s was not a time for a pre-teenager to publically declare his disbelief in gods. Geoff has degrees in physics and environmental sciences.

https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/259530896/?isFirstPublish=true

Being Present: How to cultivate a peaceful mind

When

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7.30pm

Where

Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX

Details

Author and speaker Darren Cockburn provides practical insight into how to cultivate a peaceful mind, live skilfully, and nurture a connection through the power of the present moment. Darren will explain how simplifying life, where possible, will also bring a better understanding of all types of existing addictions, including harmful thought patterns, providing precious breathing space for our overly busy minds. In addition, he shows how the stable practice of mindful presence can enhance the quality of communication with others, be it with family, with friends, or at work. www.darrencockburn.com www.facebook.com/darrencockburnauthor

https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/259478884/

Short Talks: Jordan Peterson and the Perils of Political Correctness

When

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Where

Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX

Details

Love him or hate him, Jordan Peterson has made a name for himself as a ‘global intellectual’ with millions of followers on YouTube and as the author of a best-selling book ’12 Rules for Life’. Peterson excoriates what he describes as ‘postmodern neo-Marxism’ and he has a lot to say about the so-called crisis of masculinity in the modern world.

Simon Whipple and David Warden will present their short talks on Jordan Peterson with a particular emphasis on political correctness, feminism, and gender roles.

Each talk/presentation will be around 20 minutes followed by questions and discussion.

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Please contact me if you have any topic on which you would like to contribute a short talk. It can be about some experience you have had, some work that you do, or perhaps something you have read or seen. We'd all like to hear about it and discuss it! Experience of preparing or giving presentations is not essential - we can help.

We would like to cover our venue costs for this event and so request a (voluntary) contribution of about £2 or 3 please on the night.

Phil Butcher

phil@dorsethumanists.co.uk
07817260498

https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/259291011/