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 & Dorchester 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.

February Bulletin

DWNicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, is seeking to block future attempts by the British Humanist Association (BHA) to blow the whistle on illegal admissions practices in faith schools. See inside this month's Bulletin for what you can do to help (or go directly to  the BHA website to take action now).

We also reveal the final amount raised for our latest Winter Charity Appeal, and bring you reports on our recent presentations on ‘women and religion’ and postcapitalism in case you missed either of them.

We hope to see you soon at one of our exciting events, especially Darwin Day at the Bournemouth International Centre on Saturday 13th February.

David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

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

PS. I'm doing a talk on the 'Science of Happiness' for Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub this coming Wednesday. See inside the bulletin for details.

Charles Darwin: His Life, Ideas and Influences

 Life of Darwin PosterWednesday 24th February 2016  7.30pm
The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Natural Science Lecturer David Croman.
What drove Darwin, a quiet respectable gentleman who was a pillar of his parish, to develop and embrace one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought?
In this entertaining and informative presentation, David Croman will be bringing to life the extraordinary adventures and achievements of Charles Darwin. He will cover highlights of Darwin’s formative years and the ‘Beagle’ voyage, as well as considering the controversies surrounding the publication of Origin of Species and its effects on Victorian society. We will bring the evening to a close with an examination of Darwin’s continuing relevance and importance in our lives today.
David Croman is a psychologist, natural science lecturer, author, and wildlife photographer. His previous talks for Dorset Humanists on Sigmund Freud, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Robert Fitzroy were well received, and we're sure this one will be too.

Join us for a fascinating evening as David Croman relates the extraordinary life and achievements of Charles Darwin”
 Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!
 
(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed by car and on foot 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' Response to the Woolf Institute's 'Living With Difference' Report




In September 2013 the Woolf Institute in Cambridge convened an independent commission to undertake, over a two-year period, the first systematic review of the role of religion and belief in the UK today and to make policy recommendations. 

Its report Living with Difference: Community, Diversity and the Common Good was published in December 2015. Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, was one of twenty distinguished commissioners.   

The report recognises the rapid increase in the number of people with non-religious beliefs and identities (49 per cent according to the British Social Attitudes Survey) and it gives considerable support to many humanist policy positions including a call for humanist representation on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, equitable representation for humanist chaplaincy in hospitals and prisons, the reduction of selection of school pupils and staff on grounds of religion, and the repeal of the requirement for collective worship in schools in favour of inclusive times for reflection.  

Its recommendations include the following:

  • A national conversation should be launched across the UK by leaders of faith communities and ethical traditions to create a shared understanding of the fundamental values underlying public life which foster the common good
  • Voluntary organisations should promote opportunities for interreligious and inter-worldview encounter and dialogue
  • Much greater religion and belief literacy in every section of society
  • All pupils in state-funded schools should have a statutory entitlement to a curriculum about religion, philosophy and ethics that is relevant to today’s society, and the broad framework of such a curriculum should be nationally agreed

Dorset Humanists can play its part in fulfilling all such recommendations. In particular, I would like us to hold an event during Inter-Faith week (3rd week in November) and I would like us to strengthen our schools education project. We will also continue to arrange talks and evening courses to improve religion and belief literacy. I was pleased that the Bournemouth Echo included our humanist message on Christmas Day alongside religious messages and we have become a regular participant in the Bournemouth Remembrance Service

Please have a think about how you, as a member of Dorset Humanists, could help us to fulfil these aims. We look forward to hearing your views.

David Warden  

Predatory Dinosaurs and the Evolution of Birds

Saturday 13th February 2016  12.00pm or 2.00pm 
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH
 
Dorset Humanists proudly present a Darwin Day celebration with Vertebrate Palaeontologist Darren Naish
 
Celebrate Darwin Day in style with a delicious three course buffet lunch in BIC’s Purbeck Lounge, followed by a fascinating presentation by palaeontologist Darren Naish.

Recent discoveries of a wealth of fossil feathered dinosaurs and early birds have helped scientists show how birds emerged as the end-products of a sustained phase of miniaturisation within theropods, which enabled this group to be the only dinosaur lineage to survive and thrive beyond the Cretaceous mass extinction event around 66 million years ago. 

In addition to explaining how birds evolved, Darren will also consider the diversity, anatomy, biology and behaviour of some of the most awe-inspiring predators ever to walk the earth. These include spinosaurs, allosaurs and tyrannosaurs, as well as the remarkable scythe-clawed therizinosaurs and sickle-clawed dromaeosaurs. 

Darren Naish is a vertebrate palaeontologist whose technical work mainly covers theropod (beast-footed) and sauropod (lizard-footed) dinosaurs. His best-selling books include Walking with Dinosaurs: the Evidence and The Great Dinosaur Discoveries.

Booking Information
  • Lunch & presentation tickets: £20 each (£10 students) - 12.00 noon: welcoming glass of wine or soft drink followed by a 3 course Italian buffet lunch in the BIC Purbeck Lounge
  • Presentation only tickets £3 each (£1 students) - 1.50pm arrival for 2:00pm start includes coffee or tea on arrival.
  • For tickets, please see Lyn Glass at our meetings, or phone 01202 558763, or email lyn.glass@btinternet.com (Please book lunches by 30th January).

Everyone Welcome!     Please ensure you book your tickets in advance.

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.

Event Cancellation: Intervention vs Non-Interference Debate

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel the 'Intervention vs Non-Interference' debate originally scheduled for 21st January 2016.  

If you know of anyone who was planning to attend, please ensure they are also aware of the cancellation.

We apologise for any disappointment caused and hope you will find plenty of other stimulating events to attend in our current events programme.