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Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming and stimulating group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet twice a month in Bournemouth for presentations and lively debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, human rights, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social evenings. See 'About Us' and 'About Humanism'. Receive the free monthly pdf Dorset Humanists Bulletin/Newsletter. Dorset Humanists are a British Humanist Association Partner and a National Secular Society Affiliate. Our Humanist celebrants conduct funerals, weddings and baby namings.

Events Programme Update

DH Events Prog Jun-Sept 15 (Front)Dorset Humanists’ latest events programme is now available for download. This issue covers the period through to the first half of September 2015. As always, it includes stimulating presentations and discussions covering a wide range of topics with a great line-up of guest speakers, and we hope you’ll find many events that you’d like to attend.

Everyone is welcome to join us at our public events whether they are a member or not, so if you enjoy discussing some or all of these topics with like-minded people please come along. Our members and visitors are people with lively minds who want to learn, explore, discuss and debate, while ensuring our society is guided by sound values based on reason, evidence and compassion. We hope finding a group such as ours will also be a source of great friendship and fun!

Dorset Humanists is entirely funded by voluntary donations from our members and visitors, so if you enjoy our events and share our aims and values, please help us continue our activities by paying our optional annual membership fee of £12 (Students £5). Membership also enables you to participate in determining future group activities, vote on constitutional issues, and elect committee members.

To join us, pick up a membership form at one of our meetings, or see our website.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH%20Programme%20June%20-%20Sept%202015.pdf

Humanists for a Better World: Global Problems – Why Bother?

Wednesday 22nd July 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Humanists for a Better World’ co-founder Marilyn Mason

Humanists have always been concerned about global problems such as human rights abuses, poverty, wars, hunger, and exploitation of the poor, yet globally there remains much to be done, and despite public statements to the contrary, issues such as climate change and environmental sustainability remain low priorities for most UK politicians. Humanism is a worldview which inspires considered action, and Marilyn Mason will explain why she thinks humanists should get involved in changing things for the better, and how she co-founded Humanists for a Better World to encourage not just more discussion and information-sharing, but more collective humanist action too. Marilyn will be focussing on the positive actions we can take communally, politically and as individuals.

Marilyn Mason was the British Humanist Association’s first ever Education Officer. She co-founded Humanists for a Better World, represents the British Humanist Association in the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, and is on the steering group of Transition Town Kingston.

“Join us as we explore a range of ways in which we can individually and collectively help improve our world”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

June Bulletin

DWIf you've missed our recent events you'll find excellent coverage in this month's Bulletin.

Also this month, news of how Dorset Humanists continues to inform schoolchildren about Humanism, and how Dorset Humanists will be out and about this Summer engaging with the public in two fun-packed festivals. Why not come along to volunteer or give us moral support?

The Bulletin includes our usual round-up of great events and socials with like-minded people so we hope to see you soon.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-June-2015.pdf

David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

Understanding Islam: The Qur’an

Understanding Islam - Quran 24 June 2015Wednesday 24th June 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Jonathan MS Pearce and David Warden.

In the aftermath of the World Trade Centre attacks, President George W. Bush characterised Islam as a religion of peace, and politicians have continued to publicly maintain the benign nature of the religion following other more recent atrocities by Islamists. Many people agree with this belief, noting that the vast majority of Muslims live peaceful lives, but others counter that the roots of Islam include violent leaders, teachings and scripture.

So what is ‘the real Islam’? Is true Islam a force for good, and if so, how did it give rise to the revolutionary ideology of Islamism?

Author and blogger Jonathan MS Pearce and Chair of Dorset Humanists David Warden will each present a paper exploring ‘the real Islam’ and consider the prospects for more liberal interpretations of the religion with particular reference to the text of the Quran.

“A thought-provoking examination of the nature of Islam”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

Jonathan M.S. Pearce is a teacher from South Hampshire, UK, who has dedicated many years to studying all manner of things philosophical and theological. With a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Wales, Trinity St David, he also holds a degree from the University of Leeds, and a PGCE from Southampton. His published books include ‘Free Will? and ‘The Little Book of Unholy Questions’, ‘Twins: A Survival Guide for Dads’ and ‘The Nativity: A Critical Examination’.

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

The Improbability Principle

Improbability Principle PosterSaturday 13th June 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Professor David J. Hand OBE FBA

Why is it that incredibly unlikely coincidences and ‘miracles’, actually happen quite regularly, and why should we, in fact, expect such things to happen in our lives?

Eminent statistician David J. Hand will be arguing that extraordinarily rare events are commonplace, and we should all expect to experience ‘a miracle’ roughly once every month!

This talk will appeal to all those who love stories about startling coincidences and extraordinarily rare events, and also to everyone who is interested in how a single bold idea links areas as diverse as gambling, the weather, airline disasters and creative writing; as well as potentially helping to explain the origins of life and even the universe itself! The Improbability Principle explains why we should not be surprised to bump into a friend in a foreign country, as well as answering seemingly less explicable questions such as why financial crashes are par for the course, and why lightning does strike the same place (and hit the same person!) twice. David will also demonstrate how to use the Improbability Principle in our own lives, including how to cash in at a casino, and how to recognize when a medicine is truly effective.

David Hand is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London and is the author of the bestselling books The Improbability Principle and Statistics: A Very Short Introduction.

“A fascinating and entertaining look at bizarre coincidences and ‘miracles’, and how the laws of probability influence our lives”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

May Bulletin

DWInside the Bulletin this month we bring you an extensive report of Keith Porteous Wood's talk on secularism as well as our usual round-up of great events.

We hope to see you on Saturday at Moordown for Science and Religion in the Classroom with Alom Shaha or later in the month for Making Good Medical Choices – Do We Need God? with Professor Roger Higgs at the Green House.

Best wishes,
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

Making Good Medical Choices – Do We Need God?

Making Good Medical Choices 27 May 2015Wednesday 27th May 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Professor Roger Higgs

When it comes to those difficult decisions with doctors, about assisted dying, abortion, or what to tell and who decides, does religion have a part to play? Should clinicians give serious consideration to requests for "inappropriate" treatment when those requests are based on religious beliefs? Medical ethics as a respected discipline is 40 years old now, and in this presentation, Roger will be looking at practice and policy, and the aches and the arguments when patients and their doctors get stuck.

Roger Higgs was Head of the Department of General Practice studies at Kings College London as well as a practicing GP. He has held a lifelong interest in the moral issues of practising medicine and is an eloquent and thought-provoking speaker. He is a leading member of the Institute of Medical Ethics and a founder of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

“Join us for an enlightening and engaging presentation on the difficult ethical decisions faced by medical practitioners”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.