• Short Talks: A different type of brain: Autism and Asperger syndrome

    PLEASE NOTE THAT SHORT TALKS THIS MONTH IS ON A WEDNESDAY. The talks are by Trish Jubb and Dr Rachel Moseley. Trish is involved in organising Autscape Conference and Dorset Adult Aspergers Support, and Rachel is a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University, and is a scientist who works with autistic people. Rachel says: The road to understanding autism, an umbrella term which includes Asperger syndrome, has been a long and twisting one with many false turns. Scientists have now come to realise that autism is a neurodevelopmental condition: one that is genetic, lifelong, and has its roots in the structure and function of the brain. It appears that autistic brains are wired differently, and that this gives rise to a very different way of experiencing the world. How good we are at socialising; how well we communicate; how we experience sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches; all of these ways in which we differ can be traced back to the natural diversity in our brains. In this talk, I will explore the brain basis of autism, adding a perspective from brain science to explain some of the differences between autistic and non-autistic people. Trish will talk about Asperger syndrome and says: This is a form of autism which has really only been recognised in the UK for a little over twenty years. Most people have only become aware of it much more recently, in much the same way as dyslexia became known to people a few years earlier. It affects a large number of people in a variety of ways and although some are clearly affected, others have learnt to mask their difficulties and differences to such an extent that onlookers may believe the difficulties are greatly exaggerated or even made up. However, the impact on the person with Aspergers can be huge, stopping them having what is generally considered a normal life. I have seen the condition not only from the point of view of understanding and providing for the needs of people with Aspergers but also from the inside, as someone who has been living with it. ----------- 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 support the groups that Trish and Rachel represent by requesting a (voluntary) contribution of about £2 or 3 please on the night. Phil Butcher [masked][masked]

  • The Art of Reality Bending by James Brown

    Green House Hotel

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.