In this blog you'll find details of our past events, as well as other information about what Plymouth Humanists get up to

Local MP stirs up controversy with comments about ‘militant atheists’

Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for South West Devon has caused controversy with comments made during a Radio 4 interview with former Liberal Democrat MP and BHA Vice-president Dr Evan Harris. He claimed that it was Christians who lead efforts to help the poor and vulnerable in society and that the idea we need religion to be moral was offensive only to a minority of militant atheists. You can read more here.

In response, Professor Susan Blackmore, a distinguished supporter of the BHA who lives near Plymouth, has called upon him to apologise for suggesting Christians did more to help the needy than non-believers.

 

Lifting The Lid: Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience.

Michael Marshal travelled all the way from Liverpool this to give us this month’s talk. 

April Conservation Walk

After a two month break we were back tidying up Warleigh Point nature reserve again on the 13th April.  

April Book Club – The White Tiger

We discussed Aravind Adiga’s debut novel “The White Tiger” for April’s Book Club.  It’s the tale of how the novel’s protagonist, Balram Halwai, makes his way from poverty in ‘The Darkness” – rural India, with all its injustice and corruption – to life as an entrepreneur in Bangalore.  To achieve his success, Balram has, to put it mildly, act in ethically dubious ways.  Yet despite that he seems to retain a hint of humanity   We had an good discussion about his motivations and if his actions could be in any way justified.

Darwin Day Meal 2014

We returned to Veggie Perrin's for our 2014 Darwin Day meal.  Like last year, we had a really good turnout, and everyone enjoyed the meal, company and conversation.

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