Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

What Next for Humans in an Age of Machines?

What Next for Humans in an Age of Machines 10 February 2018Saturday 10th February 12.00pm/2.00pm 
Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

With Artificial Intelligence Expert Dr Kate Devlin

Celebrate Darwin Day in style with a delicious three course buffet lunch in BIC’s Purbeck Lounge, followed by a thought-provoking talk from our special guest Dr Kate Devlin. We live in an age where automation of our everyday world is becoming increasingly achievable, and we barely notice artificial intelligence because it blends seamlessly into our lives. For as long as humans have existed, we’ve used technology - from sticks to smartphones - to improve our existence but will we reach a point where that technology usurps us? What happens if, or when, we become redundant, and where does life go next? Join us for an insider’s view of what it means to be human in an age of ever-advancing machines.

Kate Devlin is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She works in the fields of Human Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence, and is known for her work on human sexuality and robotics.

Booking Information

Italian buffet lunch and presentation (12:00pm start): £25 per person

Presentation only (2:00pm start): £3 per person (inc tea/coffee)

For tickets, please see Lyn Glass at our meetings, or phone 01202 767323, or email lyn.glass@btinternet.com (Please book lunches by 30th January).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Please email Dave at DHweb2(at)live.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

Money and Banking: Why the System is Failing and our Radical Solution

Money & Banking 24 January 2018Wednesday 24th January 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Lucy Thom and David Moon of ‘Positive Money’

The economy is not working for far too many people leading to ever-growing inequality, rising house prices, increasing private debt and environmental degradation.

Lucy Thom and David Moon, members of ‘Positive Money’, will explain how commercial banks create new money when they make loans and how money is destroyed when those loans are repaid. They will show how this is at the root of our current economic problems and make the case for a major banking reform which removes the right to create money from the private sector.

Positive Money campaigns for the power to create money to be used in the public interest, in a democratic, transparent and accountable way, rather than by the same banks that caused the financial crisis.

“Join us for a thought-provoking evening as we reveal how Britain’s banking system can be changed for the better”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Please email Dave at DHweb2(at)live.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

January Bulletin

DW 2015Happy New Year to all of our members, supporters, and readers!

Dorset Humanists is dedicated to the pursuit of how we can live good and meaningful lives. With this objective in mind I am excited that our 'Life School' project is offering a new, unique Friendship Course starting in February. Over the course of six evenings we will be exploring the philosophy and practice of friendship. So whether you have thousands of friends or prefer the company of pets or books, do join us to gain insight into this most basic yet unexplored dimension of human life. Full details inside this month’s bulletin.

Unlike some organisations, Dorset Humanists does not count social media sign-ups in its membership statistics. This is because we greatly value our members who have made a tangible commitment to our aims and values by paying an annual membership subscription. At just £15.00 a year for standard membership this represents incredible value for what we do month in, month out to promote the values of Humanism in the towns and schools of Dorset. So if you support our aims and values then why not make a New Year's resolution to join us. Details are inside this month's bulletin (You can also join online here).

Everything you need to know about what's coming up for Dorset Humanists is inside this month's Bulletin, including our celebratory Darwin Day lunch in February when our special guest speaker and AI expert Dr Kate Devlin will be explaining how the coming age of artificial intelligence is likely to shape our human future.

We look forward to seeing you again soon at one of our talks, walks, and socials.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-January-2018.pdf

David Warden
Chair of Dorset Humanists

Hidden Knowledge

Hidden Knowledge 13 January 2018Saturday 13th January 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Medical Sociologist Dr Sarah Goode

Is adult sexual attraction to children a psychological disorder, a sexual orientation, a genetic fault, or the result of trauma? The UK National Crime Agency states that around 750,000 men in Britain are sexually attracted to children. And with the NSPCC estimating that one in 20 children are sexually abused (over 36,000 annually), providing effective protection for our children is clearly a huge challenge. If we want to keep children safe from sexual harm, then gaining a better understanding of what we’re dealing with is surely the first step. Dr Sarah Goode has done ground-breaking research in this controversial field, and will be addressing the taboo subject of adult sexual attraction to children. She refrains from demonizing the people who feel this attraction whilst insisting that knowledge, rather than ignorance, is what we need in order to keep children safe.

Join us for a pragmatic exploration of this emotionally-charged subject, and learn how we can minimise the risk to our children

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Please email Dave at DHweb2(at)live.co.uk for a PDF copy for you to print and display.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

November Bulletin

DW 2015Dorset Humanists has raised thousands of pounds for local good causes through our Jane Bannister Winter Appeal. We are currently deciding which charities to support this year - please see inside the bulletin for details and how to vote. 

Also in this month's Bulletin, we include a full report of our recent talk on 'Faith to Faithless' and an email from a young person who discovered a friendly welcome at Dorset Humanists after going through a lonely process of losing his faith.

Everything you need to know about what's coming up for Dorset Humanists is inside this month's Bulletin, including our annual participation in the Bournemouth Remembrance Service. 

We look forward to seeing you again soon at one of our talks, walks, and socials.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-November-2017.pdf

David Warden
Chair of Dorset Humanists