Humanist Yuletide\Christmas Meal 2017

 

Date:      Monday 18th December 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

We had our usual Yueltide\Christmas meal in December.

Natural Selection: Mere Biological Phenomenon or the Key to Understanding the Universe?

Date:        Monday 20th November 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

The speaker for our November 2017 meeting was John Killingbeck who explored the possible implications of the theory of natural selection. Does man have a special place in creation? Have we now reached a stage in evolution where the normal laws of NS no longer apply to us? Does natural selection challenge our belief in objective morality or even objective truth? John discussed these and related ideas. 

Morality, Theology and Autonomy: On Overcoming Causes of Misunderstanding and Conflict in Religion and Society

Date:       Monday 16th October 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our October meeting was a talk by group Chair John Hawkins on the subject of Morality, Theology and Autonomy. Religion has the reputation for causing endless conflict in history but many human beings stick by their religious beliefs and practices in the face of persecution and social disadvantage. Those beliefs and associated practices often appear irrational, absurd and/or incomprehensible to many people today. John explored the underlying issues looking at religion from a historical perspective having regard Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other World Religions and Ideologies.

50 Years of LGBT Rights

Date:          18th September 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:      the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21. British Humanists have played a significant role in the development of LGBT rights, though much of the opposition to LGBT rights has come from religious interest groups. This is an area where Humanists have influenced society for the better.

Stephen Mirfin is the Co-chair for the LGBT Staff Support Network for Humberside Police and talked to us about LGBT rights past, present and future at our September 2017 meeting.

The above lecture was given by Peter Tatchell and hosted by the Sheffield Humanist Society in 2014.

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

Date:       Monday 21st August 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our August meeting was a discussion of the role of empathy in guiding our moral choices lead by group secretary Tim Stephenson with a particular focus on the new book by Yale University Psychology Professor Paul Bloom titled “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion”. The videos above and below gave a taste of the position that were argued for, that of rational compassion.