What we're about

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Dorset Humanists is a friendly community group for humanists, atheists, agnostics and all non-religious people who want to live a good life and make the world a better place.

We meet several times a month in Bournemouth and other locations in Dorset for talks, lively debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, human rights, philosophy, politics and the environment. We have regular monthly pub social evenings, walks, cycle rides and meals.

Entry to events is free to members and non-members alike unless otherwise stated (an optional donation of £1-£3 towards venue hire is appreciated).

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Dorset Humanists is a partner of Humanists UK and an associate of the National Secular Society.

Join Dorset Humanists If you like what we do, and share our aims and values, become a member of Dorset Humanists. This gives you a greater sense of belonging, discounts on special events and evening courses, demonstrates to politicians and the world at large that we have a solid support base, helps support our group financially, and enables you to vote on group matters. Annual Membership is £15, students/unwaged £5.

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Coronavirus (@14th March 2020)

NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

• Don't attend a Dorset Humanists meeting if you have a high temperature (you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)

• Don't attend a Dorset Humanists meeting if you have a new continuous cough

• Don't attend a Dorset Humanists meeting if you have been advised to stay away from public places (self-isolate) by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional

Government advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Stop coronavirus spreading:

• Do cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

• Do put used tissues in the bin immediately

• Do wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

• Do try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

• Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Upcoming events (4+)

Friendly pub social - Thursday 7th July 7.30pm

Needs a location

Join us for a friendly pub social at Moon in the Square. No set agenda - just turn up and chat! Food available.

If you're a newcomer, look out for David or Lyn (inset photos) and any 'Dorset Humanists' signs or leaflets on the table. We usually find a table on the ground floor on the right. You can also text David on[masked]

Humanists in the Square - Saturday July 9th 9.00-5.00

Needs a location

For a number of years, Dorset Humanists has supported Bourne Free which is Bournemouth's colourful LGBT Pride event. This year, the main event is by paid admission in Meyrick Park. We love to interact with the general public, informing them about Dorset Humanists, and so we are pitching our tent in the Square, opposite the Obscura Café.

We are getting a team of helpers together. If you have already volunteered - thank you! David Warden will be in touch with further details. If you would like to help, please email [masked].

If you would like to visit us on the day, we'd love to see you but please bear in mind that our primary aim is to interact with the public.

High Corner Inn Walk – Sunday 17th July 10.00am

Needs a location

Join us for outdoor exercise, forest scenery, friendly conversation, and lunch at the end of the walk. Please offer or request car share in the comments boxes. Please note the earlier start time and make every effort to be on time as we have an essential safety brief before setting off at 10.15am. If you change your mind please let us know in the comments boxes below as early as possible so that we're not waiting for you!

The walk(s) are from the High Corner Inn, Linwood which is about a 30 minute drive from Bournemouth. The pub itself is down an unmade road and the walk is along broad forest tracks. There is a brisk longer version that takes a loop north along the south side of Sloden Inclosure towards Ragged Boys Hill, so a decision can be made halfway depending on pace and enthusiasm.

Lunch options
A. Bring a packed lunch and sit on a table outside at the High Corner Inn and buy a drink from the bar (they are OK with this).
B. Book lunch at the High Corner Inn but be aware that they get busy and service may be slow. Phone the Inn on[masked]. We should be back at the Inn by about 1.00pm after the walk.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Two of our regular walk leaders are certified first aiders but participants are expected to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and safety and walks are undertaken at your own risk. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring plenty of water and sunscreen/sunhat in hot weather. Dorset Humanists cannot accept any liability for accident or injury incurred on public footways and footpaths.

Artificial Intelligence - Wednesday 27th July 7.30pm

Needs a location

Artificial Intelligence and its effect on our lives - a talk by Daniel Dancey.

Artificial intelligence is set to impact almost every aspect of our economies and lives over the coming decades, with a reach far beyond self-driving cars and chatbots. This talk by Daniel Dancey looks not only at the dangers but also the beneficial possibilities of this incredible technology, as well as how our lives have already been transformed by AI in ways that you might not have noticed.

Daniel is Treasurer of Dorset Humanists. His first talk for us in 2021 was entitled Data for Sale – How Much is Your Information Worth?

Past events (643)

'Drugs': a Humanist Proposal - Wednesday 22nd June 7.30pm

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