Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Welcome to Dorset Humanists. We are a local charity which exists to meet the diverse needs of people who identify as having 'no religion'. According to surveys, that's more than 50% of the UK population.

Join Dorset Humanists this year at Bourne Free

When: Sat, Jul 13, 2019

Where: Meet at Dorset Humanists tent in the lower gardens at 10am. Text David to let him know you're coming 07910 886629.

Bourne Free is one of the opportunities we have each year to express solidarity with communities that have come under increasing threat around the world. LGBT is a human rights issue and Humanism has always been at the forefront of promoting human rights. We invite all of our members and supporters, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, to consider joining us on the march this year. It’s colourful, it’s fun, and it shows Bournemouth that humanists support human rights for all. We will be marching behind the official LGBT Humanists UK banner this year as featured in our July Bulletin (out soon).


Dorset Humanists Science Course

You don’t have to be an Einstein to enjoy this course. It has been designed to make science accessible to anyone with an enquiring mind. One of the aims of Dorset Humanists is to promote the public understanding of science. This course does exactly that.

Our course leaders are our own members: Chris Street has a master’s degree in medicinal chemistry and is a science tutor, Phil Butcher studied physics at Cambridge and has had a career in the nuclear industry, Greg Atkins has doctorates in genetics and virology, subjects he taught at Trinity College Dublin and Graham Marshall studied physics at Birmingham and Nottingham universities and had a career in science.

1.Mon 2nd Sept: Scientific Method & Pseudoscience - Phil
2.Mon 9th Sept: A Universe From Nothing? - Graham and/or Chris
3.Mon 16th Sept: How Did Life Begin? - Chris
4.Mon 23rd Sept: Why Evolution is True - Chris
5.Mon 30th Sept: Quantum Physics & Relativity Made Relatively Simple - Phil
6.Mon 7th Oct: Atoms & Chemicals - Phil
7.Mon 14th Oct: How to Catch a Virus - Greg
8.Mon 21st Oct: Emerging Infectious Diseases - Greg
9.Mon 28th Oct: Our Last Century? The Future of Science - TBC

All sessions 7.30pm – 9.15pm at Moordown Community Centre Coronation Avenue, Moordown BH9 1TW.

£30 for nonmembers; £20 for paid-up DH members. Concessions available for students and unwaged. Pay cash on the first night. Figures quoted are the total amount for the whole course. Book early to avoid disappointment – a limited number of places.

Contact: chairman@dorsethumanists.co.uk ? 07910 886629

Belief: How should we regard it? by John Richards

When: 7.30pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2019
Where: Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX

What: Belief: How should we regard it?

In this talk, John Richards will argue that we need to re-evaluate the concept of 'belief' today. He will delve into the history of how the concept of belief has been used in the past and contend that definitions of belief place an unreasonable emphasis on its association with the truth.

John Richards is chair of Worthing Skeptics in the Pub and publications director for Atheist Alliance International. He is also a former science teacher and politician, and an experienced campaigner for critical thinking

RSVP on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/262673955/

Secularism: politics, religion and freedom by Andrew Copson

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Where: Moordown Community Centre, Bournemouth

What: Secularism: politics, religion and freedom. A talk by Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of Humanists UK.

In this talk for Dorset Humanists, Andrew Copson will explain that secularism is an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe.

In his new book, Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom, Andrew tells the story of secularism, taking in momentous episodes in world history, such as the great transition of Europe from religious orthodoxy to pluralism, the global struggle for human rights and democracy, and the origins of modernity.

Andrew is Chief Executive of Humanists UK and President of Humanists International.

This event will also include a performance by Dorset Humanists Choir and a Summer Cream Tea.

Meetup RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/262672269/