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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

A social group for humanists, atheists, secularists, sceptics and agnostics

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October 2019

“Forgiveness”

October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main Street, Willerby
Hull, East Yorkshire HU10 6BZ United Kingdom
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What is forgiveness? Is it an act or a process? Should we, or perhaps can we, forgive wrongs done to another? Is it right to forgive wrongdoers too quickly? And (something we should be prepared to consider) are there some things that are simply unforgivable?Our October meeting will be a talk by Dr Stephen Burwood. Dr Burwood’s research interests are primarily in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of human embodiment, though he has also written in the fields…

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November 2019

Einstein’s Adventure in Time and Space and his Two Paradoxes

November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Tiger Inn, Lairgate
Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 8JG United Kingdom
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Our November meeting will be a talk by John Hawkins. As well as being one of the most famous Humanists and Rationalists of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein's Special and General Theories of Relativity made him the most famous scientist of the previous century.  John will outline his life and scientific achievements, focussing on the Special Theory's Clock Paradox, also known as the Twin Paradox, and the paradox of Einstein's conversion from pacifism in World War I, when in late…

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December 2019

A Secular Understanding of Religious Art and Architecture

December 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main Street, Willerby
Hull, East Yorkshire HU10 6BZ United Kingdom
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How can a non-believer accurately observe a religious ritual? Or properly understand a religious building if they are not using it for its intended purpose? And how can we be certain what that purpose was? December’s talk by architectural historian Lucia Crowther will be an exploration of religious art and architecture, as Lucia draws on examples from her research into Italian pilgrimage sites to explore the rewards and contradictions of studying religious architecture and rituals from an outsider’s point of…

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January 2020

The Concept of Good and its Relevance to Humanists

20/01/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Our January 2020 speaker is Susan Harr who says of her talk "...I'd say that I have always been interested in the philosophical notion of 'good', from the Greeks to contemporary thinkers.  I particularly like Iris Murdoch's 'take' on this, borne out by both her philosophical writings and in some of her novels.  In 'The Nice and the Good', for instance, she draws an interesting distinction between 'niceness' and 'goodness', and whilst she always denied putting major philosophical themes into…

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February 2020

Beverley Book Club: “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

03/02/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Tiger Inn, Lairgate
Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 8JG United Kingdom
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Why is there more chance we'll believe something if it's in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for…

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Arthur Schopenhauer: Pathfinder for the Future Existentialists

17/02/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main Street, Willerby
Hull, East Yorkshire HU10 6BZ United Kingdom
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In February our chair John Pittock will be giving a second talk on the nineteenth century atheist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, this time relating his influence on the later existentialists. All Welcome.

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March 2020

When is a Joke Not a Joke?

16/03/2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main Street, Willerby
Hull, East Yorkshire HU10 6BZ United Kingdom
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Kevin Precious is a comedian, promotor and member of the executive committee of Hull and East Riding Humanist Group. He says of his talk: "When is a joke not a joke? When it's offensive, apparently... whether it's a by-product of the social media age, or just plain old puritanism dressed up in a new guise, there is currently a great amount of debate with regards to what constitutes offence in comedy/satire. Witness, the recent prosecution of Count Dankula and his…

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