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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.

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.

Science and Religion in the Classroom

Science & Religion in the Classroom PosterSaturday 09th May 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Alom Shaha - author of The Young Atheist’s Handbook

How can children brought up in religious families reconcile the different ‘truths’ they are told about the world? And to what extent should we discuss these issues in schools? What exactly should science teachers say when asked about the ‘truth’ of science by religious students? In this talk, Alom Shaha will describe his personal experiences of growing up in a Bangladeshi Muslim community in London, what role his science education played in his journey towards atheism and how, as a physics teacher in a London comprehensive, he responds to the apparent conflict between science and religious ideas in the classroom.

Alom Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London. As a teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) and the Nuffield Foundation. He has also represented his community as an elected politician, and currently produces the children’s science video series ‘ExpeRimental’ for the Royal Institution (Ri).

“A great opportunity to discover what happens when science meets conflicting religious beliefs in the classroom”

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.

April Bulletin

DWOur 5-party election hustings event got the 2015 Election off to a flying start! Are humanists red, green, yellow, blue or purple? See inside this month's Bulletin for the voting results and a YouTube link to our video recording of the whole event.

Also this month, a report on our AGM and a larger than usual mailbag from you, our readers. We've got some distinguished speakers coming soon including Keith Porteous Wood and Alom Shaha. Don't miss these great events.

Best wishes and we hope to see you soon.
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

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

Myth, Marx and Milton Friedman

Myth, Marx & Milton Friedman 22 April 2015 PosterWednesday 22nd April 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

A humanist approach to economics with Steve Laughton of the Labour Economic Policy Group

Is economics still a reputable, scientific discipline or has there been an insidious takeover of economic theory by myth, dogma and market fundamentalism?

Steve Laughton of the Labour Economic Policy Group will argue that the world is now governed by a self-serving economic aristocracy whose power is growing inexorably, unchecked by democratic forces. With a little help from Marx, Keynes, Milton Friedman, Thomas Piketty and Bob Dylan, he will attempt to demonstrate that a decent future for everyone - full employment, a living wage, decent pensions and greater equality - is achievable, but not without a fundamental challenge to the prevailing economic orthodoxy. This promises to be a thought-provoking talk, with plenty of opportunity for questions and further debate afterwards.

“A thought-provoking look at how we can use the ideas of some great economic theorists to create a more equitable 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 helps you 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.

Why Secularism Matters

Why Secularism Matters PosterSaturday 11th April 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Keith Porteous Wood,  Executive Director of the National Secular Society

The National Secular Society (NSS) has been campaigning against religious privilege and for a secular society since 1866. Keith’s talk will set out the National Secular Society’s view of secularism and religious privilege and why the need for a secular state is more pressing than ever. He will also consider why achieving this aim has become more difficult, how changes to the traditional religious lobby and vested interests have changed and how the National Secular Society has responded. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the National Secular Society’s work including its current campaigns on education, equality and human rights.

Keith Porteous Wood is the Executive Director of the National Secular Society. In 2007 he received the Distinguished Service to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union for his work in building up the National Secular Society and campaigning for secularism both nationally and internationally. Dorset Humanists is affiliated to the National Secular Society.

“A great opportunity to learn more about secularism and the National Secular Society’s current campaigns

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.