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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

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

Freud

The next meeting of Hull and East Riding Humanist Group will be on Monday 27th October 2014 at 7.30pm in the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley.

Born in 1856, Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis. He  was a Humanist who did not believe in gods or an afterlife and in his book The Future of an Illusion he wrote “If after this survey of the nature of illusions and delusions, we turn again to religious doctrines, we may reiterate that they are all illusions, they do not admit of proof, and no one can be compelled to consider them true or to believe in them. They are improbable, incompatible with everything we have laboriously discovered about the reality of the world…In the long run, nothing can withstand reason and experience, and the contradiction religion offers to both is only too palpable”. He became an Honorary Associate of the Rationalist Press Association which is still a leading publisher of Humanist books and died in 1939.

John Hawkins is the chairman of Hull and East Riding Humanist Group and will be giving a talk about Freud. All welcome

17/02/2014
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

feetofclay
The next meeting of the HERHG will be at 7.30pm on Monday 17th February 2014 in the back room of The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG.

What constitutes a cult? When does a charismatic thinker or preacher become a guru or a cult leader and what are the underlying personality characteristics of such people?

Ambrose Bierce once reviewed a book remarking “The covers of this book are too far apart”. The absolute opposite is true of the late Anthony Storr’s book “Feet of Clay. A Study of Gurus”. 10 widely differing men feature in the work from Jim Jones and David Khoresh to Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. There are also informative chapters on Ignatius Loyola, Jesus of Nazareth and Rudolf Steiner as well as shrewd observations on the characteristics of gurus, the term being used in a deprecatory sense of the term. John Hawkins will be discussing the very important issues raised by Storr’s absorbing and controversial book.

15/10/2012
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

The next meeting of the HERHG will be at 7.30pm on Monday 15th Octoberber 2012 in the back room of The Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG. Eric Kaufmann is a Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London and his 2010 book “Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth” argues that the more religious people are, the more children they have and as a consequence, the cumulative effect of religious fertility will be to reverse the secularisation process in the West. Not only will the religious eventually triumph over the non-religious, but it is those who are the most extreme in their beliefs who have the largest families. John Hawkins will be leading the discussion on this trend in society which worries many secularists. 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.