Welcome to Dorset Humanists. We are a local charity which exists to meet the diverse needs of people who identify as having 'no religion'. According to surveys, that's more than 50% of the UK population. They may want to meet like-minded people, arrange a meaningful humanist ceremony for themselves or a loved one, learn more about science, make the world a better place, access non-religious pastoral support, reflect on the meaning of life, raise money for good causes, join a personal development course, join an interfaith dialogue group, go for walks in the wonderful Dorset countryside, arrange for someone to speak about Humanism in their child's school, oppose the proliferation of faith schools, have a barbecue on the beach, campaign for changes in the law, have a few beers and a laugh... the list is endless!
Dorset Humanists punches above its weight in the local area. We’ve spoken to thousands of children about Humanism in local schools, we take part in the Bournemouth Remembrance Service and Holocaust Memorial Day every year, and we raise thousands of pounds for local charities through our Winter Appeal.
Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you soon, either at a real event or online via Facebook and Meetup. Our main events are listed below but to be notified about additional events please join our Meetup group.
When: Wednesday 22nd May 7.30pm Where: Green House Hotel, Grove Road, BH1 3AX
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A talk by Dave Francis who is Deputy Chair of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales and a RE Adviser. This presentation will focus on three projects of interest to humanists: the Commission on Religious Education, ‘Big Ideas’ for Religious Education, and ‘Solarity’ - a resource for out-of-school-hours religion and philosophy clubs. Dave will show why humanists should be interested in, and excited by, these projects and how things might be developed – with humanist involvement – in the future.
What: A talk by David Croman. This fully illustrated talk will start with the life of the extraordinary physician, innovative inventor, botanist, scientist, engineer, poet, evolutionist, and grandfather of Charles Darwin. Erasmus Darwin was a leading member of a group of key pioneers including Josiah Wedgwood and James Watt. They shared their ideas and informed and challenged each other at regular meetings of the Lunar Society. David Croman is a former Secretary of Dorset Humanists.
Where: Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, BH9 1TW
WhereDorset Room, Colliton Club, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. Details
West Dorset Humanists present: (Almost) Seventy Years an Atheist. A talk by Geoff Kirby. In 1951, Geoff had a ‘Road to Damascus’ moment – but in reverse – when he suddenly gave up all belief in gods. But the 1950s was not a time for a pre-teenager to publically declare his disbelief in gods. Geoff has degrees in physics and environmental sciences.
WhenSaturday 13th April 2.00pm WhereMoordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Bournemouth BH9 1TB DetailIn this brand new talk for Dorset Humanists, Alex J. O'Connor offers a means to ground ethics in a way that allows us to determine what people should and shouldn’t do as a matter of fact, whilst dispensing with terms like ‘good’ and ‘bad.’ The concept of good may be delusory, but ethics does not have to be.
Alex is the owner of the Cosmic Skeptic Blog and YouTube channel. He is an ex-Catholic, atheist, science enthusiast and an advocate for political and educational secularism. His YouTube channel currently has more than 240,000 subscribers and he is a first year student at the University of Oxford, reading theology and philosophy.
WhereGreen House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX
Love him or hate him, Jordan Peterson has made a name for himself as a ‘global intellectual’ with millions of followers on YouTube and as the author of a best-selling book ’12 Rules for Life’. Peterson excoriates what he describes as ‘postmodern neo-Marxism’ and he has a lot to say about the so-called crisis of masculinity in the modern world.
Simon Whipple and David Warden will present their short talks on Jordan Peterson with a particular emphasis on political correctness, feminism, and gender roles.
Each talk/presentation will be around 20 minutes followed by questions and discussion.
Please contact me if you have any topic on which you would like to contribute a short talk. It can be about some experience you have had, some work that you do, or perhaps something you have read or seen. We'd all like to hear about it and discuss it! Experience of preparing or giving presentations is not essential - we can help.
We would like to cover our venue costs for this event and so request a (voluntary) contribution of about £2 or 3 please on the night.
WhereGreen House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX Details
Author and speaker Darren Cockburn provides practical insight into how to cultivate a peaceful mind, live skilfully, and nurture a connection through the power of the present moment. Darren will explain how simplifying life, where possible, will also bring a better understanding of all types of existing addictions, including harmful thought patterns, providing precious breathing space for our overly busy minds. In addition, he shows how the stable practice of mindful presence can enhance the quality of communication with others, be it with family, with friends, or at work. www.darrencockburn.com www.facebook.com/darrencockburnauthor https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/259478884/
WhereMooredown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Bournemouth
Members, guests, and supporters are warmly invited to our annual lunch (1.15pm) and general meeting (2.15 - 4.30pm). If you are a paid-up member of Dorset Humanists lunch is free. If you are not a paid-up member we invite a contribution towards lunch or you can join Dorset Humanists and start reaping the benefits! Our annual meeting is always sociable, friendly, interesting, and sometimes controversial. The Chairman awards the Humanist of the Year award - a closely guarded secret! This year, we also have reports from our new Young Humanists Ambassador for Dorset, from the Chair of the South Central England Humanists Network, and a round up of reports from our own team. We hope you will join us. Lunch options are chicken curry, vegan curry, and chicken and mushroom casserole. https://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/events/259477456/
Where? Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX
In this talk, James Brown will argue that we all begin our lives with a falsehood: the belief that we can perceive reality objectively. The truth is we can’t – we only have access to what he calls a ‘metareality’ which consists of our perceptions of reality, not reality itself.
He will demonstrate how easily these perceptions can be manipulated not only by demagogues, evangelists, and professional tricksters but also by ourselves.
James describes himself as a ‘professional opportunist’. He is a magician, pickpocket, hypnotist, lecturer, and corporate trainer.
"The world famous Magic Circle awarded him the title of 'The Best Close Up Magician in the UK', a trophy he is quietly very proud of." http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7345