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.

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.

Ethics & Economics: Does it have to either/or?

Economist Henri Ruff witnessed at first hand the devastating impact of unpayable debt in 1980s Warsaw. During his 25 year career in banking and financial services, which included third world debt negotiations, mergers & acquisitions lending, and lobbying on behalf of international banks, he became disturbingly aware of what they don’t teach you about ethics when it comes to learning about economics. 


For the past fifteen years, Henri Ruff has worked as a tutor for the Open University Business School and since moving to Dorset he has been leading a weekly U3A discussion group on ‘Everyday Economics’. 

This talk will address two main questions: where does ethics belong in economics and how can ethics be applied to economics? Instead of providing definitive answers, however, Henri’s aim is to stimulate informed and independent thought.

When? Saturday 10th November 2.00-4.30pm

Where? Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue BH9 1TW

Short Talks: What is the Difference between a Humanist and Quaker?

Where? Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

When? Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

What? Few current day Quakers are born into Quakerism. Most find a meeting and stay for a while or a lifetime. Quakerism is a movement that is evolving and changing with no formal dogma, inspired by all faiths and none. This is an opportunity to speak to two local Quakers and learn about what core principles guide their lives and work. Chris Gribble will be joined by Penny Estall to provide a short introduction and facilitate a discussion.

Following Chris and Penny's talk on Quakerism, David Warden will give a short talk on Humanism with a focus on drawing out similarities and differences from the Quaker point of view. After the two talks, we will have what promises to be a fascinating discussion about these two related but different approaches to the big questions of life.

As usual, we would like to cover the venue costs by requesting a (voluntary) contribution of about £2-£3 please on the night.

Meetup details? https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/253842719/

Influence & Persuasion: How to get other people to agree with you

When? - Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Where? Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

What? A talk by Dr Peter Connolly

Peter Connolly will outline two broad strategies for persuading people to accept that what you claim is true. The first is persuasion by evidence-based philosophical argumentation and the second is persuasion by rhetorical argumentation. By the end of the talk, you should be able to make your own arguments more robust and be able to spot the flaws in the persuasive tactics of others.

Peter Connolly has taught Religious Studies, Ethics, Indian Religions, and Psychology of Religion at the University of Chichester and the Open University. His most recent book, Understanding Religious Experience, is due to be published in February 2019.

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/255147331/