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.

January Bulletin

DW 2015As the largely unexpected Brexit and Trump votes continue to reverberate, our 2017 programme gets off to a flying start with Arif Ahmed's talk on the controversial philosophy of Libertarianism. Details are inside this month’s Bulletin. Also this month, you will have the opportunity to hear Ruth Haydock’s moving story about growing up in Northern Ireland and Burkino Faso with missionary parents and how she eventually broke free from fundamentalist religion.

This month’s bulletin is packed with information and reports of our recent and forthcoming activities, as well as some other local events of interest. Our Darwin Day celebration with our distinguished guest speaker Julian Baggini at the BIC is nearly here, and don’t forget there’s still time to donate to our Jane Bannister Winter Appeal. We are raising money for two very worthwhile local charities so please give what you can.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-January-2017.pdf

We hope to see you again very soon.
David Warden
Chair of Dorset Humanists

Science Without Pedestals

Science Without Pedestals 11 February 2017Saturday 11th February 12.00pm/2.00pm 
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

A Darwin Day Celebration with Philosopher Julian Baggini

Celebrate Darwin Day in style with a delicious three course buffet lunch in Bournemouth International Centre’s (BIC) Purbeck Lounge, followed by a fascinating talk from our special guest Julian Baggini.

Humanists and free-thinkers rightly celebrate the many achievements of science, however some go too far in their admiration, and make science the model for all reason. Julian will argue that the scientific method cannot provide the template for reason, partly because there is no such thing as the scientific method, and most importantly, science cannot be the source of ethics nor can it debunk it. By challenging the pretensions of those who elevate science too high, we can better appreciate it for what it really is and more fully understand what it means to value reason and rationality.

Please note that entry to this event requires you to have a ticket. For booking information, see below.

Julian Baggini is a philosopher, journalist, author, and editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include: The Edge of Reason, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction, and The Pig That Wants to be Eaten.

 

 

Booking Information

Italian buffet lunch and presentation (12:00pm start): £25 per person

Presentation only (2:00pm start): £3 per person (inc tea/coffee)

For tickets, please see Lyn Glass at one of our meetings, or phone 01202 767323, or email lyn.glass@btinternet.com

(Please book lunches by 30th January at the latest).

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.

Recovering from Religion

Recovering from Religion 25 January 2017Wednesday 25th January 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Ruth Haydock

As the daughter of missionary parents, Ruth Haydock spent more than 20 years immersed in Christianity with almost every aspect of life being influenced by her religion. In 2012, after a long period of soul-searching and questioning her beliefs she realised that she no longer believed in God, and embarked on the cathartic process of documenting the often painful memories of her earlier life as a fundamentalist Christian.

In this talk, she will be sharing many of those experiences of the darker side of holding Christian beliefs, as well as recounting her tumultuous journey from unquestioning faith in an eternal God to atheism. Ruth was the founder of the first 'Recovering from Religion' group in Scotland, a former Chair of the Board of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies, and is the author of the ‘Praying for Rain and Dancing with the Devil’ blog on Patheos.

“Join us to hear the fascinating story of Ruth’s life as a missionaries’ daughter and her subsequent journey to atheism

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.

Dorset Humanists ‘Jane Bannister Winter Appeal’

clip_image002Our Jane Bannister Winter Appeal has raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities in previous years, and this year is in support of Michael House and Mosaic. Please give what you can to these two very worthwhile local charities.

The appeal is named in memory of Jane Bannister who was Chair of Dorset Humanists until 2009, and an active supporter of, and fundraiser for, several charities.

For full details of how you can donate to our 2016/2017 Winter Appeal please see our December bulletin.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-December-2016.pdf

clip_image003Mosaic is a Dorset-wide charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families. They also work with young people who are facing the death of a loved one.

Mosaic provides individual, family and group support. Every child has the opportunity to attend our residential weekend programme where they can meet others and share their experiences. Dorset Humanists’ donation last year went specifically to support this wonderful residential weekend at Leeson House near Swanage.

The charity receives 30% Local Authority funding allocated to support for bereaved children in Dorset. All other money has to be raised through applications to The Big Lottery, Children in Need, charitable trust grants, fundraising, corporate sponsorship, individual support, and donations from local groups.

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Michael House is more than just a hostel; it’s a home and our mission has always been to help anyone who is vulnerable. We are a dry house, offering supported accommodation to both male and female residents.

Michael’s Mission

· To provide emergency and longer-term accommodation to homeless people and provide related day services.

· To provide encouragement, advice and support to our clients in an environment which enables them to gain a greater sense of self-worth and to move towards a more independent life.

· To work in co-operation and a collaborative way with the relevant statutory agencies and with other voluntary organisations.

£250.00 will provide care and support for one homeless person for one month.

Homelessness has been a major problem in the Bournemouth area over the last twenty years and we always operate to full capacity. Official Rough Sleeper Counts, which tend to minimise the situation, are consistently in double figures. Soup kitchens have been crowded throughout this period. By providing respect, care, and support to all residents, we aim to restore self-esteem, assist with life skills, access further education, facilitate training for employment to enable individuals to rebuild their own lives and reintegrate back into the community. Michael House is a place where our residents feel “safe, warm and inspired”.

For full details of how you can donate to Dorset Humanists 2016/2017 Winter Appeal please see our December bulletin.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-December-2016.pdf

Libertarianism

Libertarianism 14 January 2017Saturday 14th January 2017 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Senior Lecturer in Philosophy Arif Ahmed



The libertarian philosophy associated with F. A. Hayek, has its philosophical roots in the classical liberalism of the nineteenth century and in the philosophical views of Hume, Smith and Tocqueville. Libertarians emphasise freedom of the individual and the rule of law, preferring limited government and a small state. They tend to oppose welfare because they claim the poor are better served by high-growth economies than with handouts. However, their detractors suggest libertarians are indifferent to community needs and the suffering of the poor, and that they protect big business and those who aim to enrich themselves with little concern for others.
In contrast to the claims of the critics, philosopher Arif Ahmed, a self-described libertarian, believes that libertarian ideas can contribute to a good society, and he will help us gain a fuller and more nuanced understanding of libertarianism, focusing on the philosophical basis of these ideas and their relevance to a range of modern-day ethical, political and economic issues such as immigration, taxation, euthanasia, drug control, gay marriage, government surveillance, and free speech.
Arif Ahmed is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He studied mathematics at Oxford University, and Philosophy at Sussex and Cambridge. He has worked at Birmingham University and held visiting
positions at Sydney University, Central China Normal University, the Australian National University and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
He is now Reader Philosophy at Cambridge and a fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He writes mainly on rational choice, but also has an interest in religion and has debated the subject against William Lane Craig, Tariq Ramadan, Rowan Williams and others. He is an atheist and a libertarian and his personal philosophical outlook is most closely allied with those of David Hume and Friedrich Hayek


“Join us for a thought-provoking examination of Libertarianism”
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.