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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

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

Awakening of Planet Earth

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Humanists reject theistic accounts of the origin of life on our planet in favour of scientific explanations. Is the development of life on earth unique or common throughout the universe and what role does planetary atmosphere play in whether or not life develops? Our speaker for our August meeting will be Alan Hunton. Alan says of his talk,

“The Sun, the Earth and the other planets of the Solar System were formed 4.5 billion years ago. In this talk we will examine how conditions on planet Earth have evolved but we will do so by looking closely at our atmosphere. It will be clear that the atmosphere has played a key role in enabling life to develop from single celled organisms to the advanced lifeforms that exist today. The appearance of atmospheric oxygen after about 2 billion years was a real awakening. We will see that the atmosphere has not gradually changed over the history of the Earth but has undergone many quite rapid alterations in response to changes in temperature or the behaviour of the Sun. The listener may wish to consider if the sequence of events is an expected consequence of our planet being in a favourable location: if so, a similar pattern should have occurred elsewhere in the galaxy. Alternatively, is the sequence so unpredictable that it is pure chance that intelligent life has evolved here?”

All Welcome.

18/06/2012
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

 

The next meeting of the HERHG will be at 7.30pm on Monday 18th June 2012 in the back room of The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG. John Hawkins will be discussing the limitations of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution with reference to the work of well-known humanists such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and the late Stephen Jay Gould. His talk is titled “Are Evolutionary Processes A Purely Scientific Phenomenon?” Whether you’ve been to one of our meetings before or not, why not pop down for a drink and a chat about the significance of evolutionary thought to humanism?

If you would be interested in attending the meeting but find transport difficult, please contact the group secretary (secretary@herhg.org.uk) as we have members coming from as far as Bridlington who are happy to car share.

20/02/2012
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

The next meeting of the HERHG will be at 7.30pm on Monday 20th February 2012 in the back room of The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG. The new venue has good parking facilities. Whether you’ve been to one of our meetings before or not, why not pop down for a drink and a chat about humanism?

The anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin is on 12th February and it is common for humanists to celebrate this with a relevant discussion around this time of year. All welcome.