Book Group "The Ancestor's Tale" by Richard Dawkins

Hi Everyone

This month the book is "The Ancestor's Tale" A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life by Professor Richard Dawkins.

This will coincide with The Ancestors Trail happening the following week-end.

http://www.meetup.com/Central-London-Humanists/events/189736082/

For even more information about the Trail go their website

http://ancestorstrail.org.uk/

Just like the previous meetings we will meet at 19h and start talking and debating.

It can be difficult to find each other in the Festival Hall. Here is a map of where we usually meet. Being creatures of habit, we have been meeting behind the shop, underneath the stairs. Area 2 on the map! Map: http://tinyurl.com/7snwmco

Don't forget! You can bring your own drinks and food!

As usual you can find it on Amazon. Don't forget to use the link from the BHA's website.

http://www.humanism.org.uk/home

The link is at the bottom right of the page. By using this link you are helping the BHA.

If you have any questions or get lost on your way please feel free to contact Ben or myself.

Baptiste:[masked] Ben:[masked]

A voluntary donation of £2 suggested - but first timers are welcome to give us a free trial. Feel free to turn up if you haven't managed to finish the book but you'll be expected to have read some of it.

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  • Baptiste B.

    I have just realised that I gave the wrong date for the September book group. I told the group that it would be on the 26th of September when it will be on the 23rd. Sorry about that.

    September 18

  • mohamd

    Thanks for your welcome of comminuity

    August 29

  • Andre

    I think I might be busy until much later than expected and might not be able to attend. Easily one of the best books I've ever read. As usual Dawkins has changed my way of looking at the world in which we live.

    August 26

  • Adele W.

    After Dawkins' pronouncement that Downs foetuses should be aborted I intend to ignore everything he says. I believe in abortion on demand and I also believe Dawkins should have kept this opinion to himself.

    August 20

    • Steve C.

      Let's just accept that he is a better writer of books than he is a politician.

      August 26

    • A former member
      A former member

      Adele, that's interesting reasoning but it ignores the reality faced by those parents who are making this decision precisely for that reason. There are many parents who, given the choice, would genuinely rather bring a perfectly healthy child into the world in order to give that child the best chances of success in every area. Is that really so wrong? I don't think so. Does it automatically mean that they have some problem with children who are born with Down Syndrome? I don't think so. Does it mean that, if their child was born with Down Syndrome anyway, they wouldn't do their best to love that child? I don't think so. Is it fair to compare such people's reasoning with that of a sadistic Nazi psychopath? Again, I don't think so. In fact, I am sure that what these parents are doing does not stem from evil intentions of any kind...

      2 · August 26

  • Trisha R.

    Looking forward to joining you. I can't find a link to the FSA video of Bruce Hood's talk. Any suggestions?

    August 25

  • Fiona W.

    The Guardian link given by Baptiste is much better than the Huffpost one. By far the best commentator, in my opinion, is one who calls himself Kaitain: flick through the mass of comments and read him for some real understanding of what Dawkins said.

    August 25

  • Fiona W.

    Sorry I can't be with you, but I would have been pleased to have watched the RSA video of Bruce Hood's talk alongside my reading, as suggested by Graham. Worth spending 17 min before tomorrow's meeting (or watch the whole lecture plus Q&As).

    August 25

  • Roger

    A tentative yes to this, other commitments permitting, though I've still a long way to go though the book (about 2 billion years...)

    August 21

  • David S.

    Would have loved to come, but will be up at the Lakes.
    David

    August 20

  • Alan P.

    I have about 12 pages to go to finish it

    August 18

  • Steve C.

    Looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for this book with you

    August 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perhaps of interest for our current reading...
    Talk at the RI - The domesticated Brain by Professor Bruce Hood.
    http://rigb.org/whats-on/events-2014/july/public-the-domesticated-brain

    June 30, 2014

    • Graham B.

      Why not start with the 17 minute RSA video of the same talk - the video can be downloaded.

      1 · July 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you. Am even gladder to see the real thing now next week and ask some questions. Thanks for your thoughtful suggestion!

      July 3, 2014

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