What we're about

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 further afield for talks 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 have regular monthly pub social evenings, walks, cycle rides, and arrange meals and other social events from time to time.

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).

Receive our free monthly pdf bulletin with all the latest news and events: http://dorset-humanists1.blogspot.co.uk/p/newsletters.html

Website (for News etc): http://www.DorsetHumanists.co.uk

Facebook Group (mostly for discussions): http://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dorsethumanists (but rarely updated @ December 2018)

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

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 great value at just £15, students/unwaged £5.

Join: http://dorset-humanists1.blogspot.co.uk/p/join-us.html .

Upcoming events (5+)

A Secular Pilgrimage: Humanist responses to painting - John Hubbard

A talk by John Hubbard. In this richly illustrated account of a lifetime's engagement with art John Hubbard explores the pleasures and rewards of looking at paintings from several eras, both sacred and secular and considers how a humanist might respond to different cultural contexts and styles. The talk will also develop the idea of 'secular pilgrimage' in relation to individual artists, their lives and works, with particular reference to Sisley, Monet, Pissarro and Van Gogh. These journeys may be seen to embrace both the simply touristic as well as an individual's informal education, providing something deeper than mere cultural capital. John Hubbard is a retired English teacher and a member of Dorset Humanists. He teaches literature and drama at Bournemouth U3A.

Dorset Humanists Social Night

The Moon In The Square,Bournemouth.

• What we'll do Join us for our regular monthly social evening at The Moon in The Square, Bournemouth Square. An evening of chat with like minded people, grab some food and a good beer or two if you want. We are normally in the lower section on the right as you walk in. New faces always warmly welcomed. We will have a leaflet or notice on the table so you know it's us. • What to bring Just yourselves will do. • Important to know No fixed agenda. Just chat about whatever you want to. This is a social so you can have a deep chat about Descarte's Ontological argument or which Celeb is still in the jungle.

Dorset Humanists Social Night

The Moon In The Square,Bournemouth.

• What we'll do Join us for our regular monthly social evening at The Moon in The Square, Bournemouth Square. An evening of chat with like minded people, grab some food and a good beer or two if you want. We are normally in the lower section on the right as you walk in. New faces always warmly welcomed. We will have a leaflet or notice on the table so you know it's us. • What to bring Just yourselves will do. • Important to know No fixed agenda. Just chat about whatever you want to. This is a social so you can have a deep chat about Descarte's Ontological argument or which Celeb is still in the jungle.

'The Evolution of Human Morality’ - Darwin Day speaker - Diana Fleischman

The 2019 Darwin Day Celebration Lunch at 12.00pm followed by talk at 2.00pm at the Bournemouth International Centre. ‘The Evolution of Human Morality’ Our Darwin Day guest speaker is Diana Fleischman who grew up in in the Southern United States in a religious and conservative area where evolution was not taught in school. At the age of twelve she was called ‘monkey girl’ for endorsing evolution. Her sceptical perspective on religion was reinforced by attending both church and synagogue. During a formative year at the London School of Economics, shortly after the September 11th attacks, Diana read Richard Dawkins and other evolutionists and this stimulated her interest in atheism and evolutionary psychology. In this talk, Diana will explain that human morality developed in small face-to-face groups in which humans lived for hundreds of thousands of years. Survivors protected themselves against hostile out-groups, butchered animals, prioritized the welfare of themselves and their kin and somehow managed to maintain a moral reputation whilst exploiting opportunities for cheating. Our world is very different. Today we are aware of the suffering of billions of strangers and trillions of animals, our moral inconsistencies are magnified by surveillance, and we must prevent artificial agents developing a morality completely antithetical to our survival. How does our evolved morality cope with this novel ethical landscape and will we allow ourselves moral enhancement? Diana is an evolutionary psychologist (Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor) at the University of Portsmouth. Lunch & Talk Ticket (12.00pm start): £22 Members / £25 non-members including a welcoming glass of wine or soft drink, followed by a 2-course Italian buffet lunch & coffee. Talk only Ticket (2.00pm start): £4.00 includes coffee or tea on arrival. Bookings: Lyn Glass[masked] [masked]

Past events (337)

Walk: Poole and Bournemouth heathlands

Coy Pond Gardens

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