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

Darwin Day 2020

We had a very enjoyable Darwin Day meal (if a couple of days early!)

Ariane Sherine - Talk Yourself Better

Ariane Sherine is probably best known to Humanists as the creator of the Atheist Bus Campaign of 2009.  But she has many other talents, working as both a writer and comedian. Her latest book, “Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person's Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help”, is based on her experience of mental health issues and counselling, and we were delighted to have her visit us in Plymouth and tell us the story behind the book.

Ancient Stoicism and Modern Humanism

The ancient philosophy of Stoicism is having a bit of a renaissance in recent years, with well-known skeptic Massimo Pigliucci being one of its advocates. Although a lot of the modern focus is on the advice Stoicism gives when facing up to life’s difficulties, it’s a far broader philosophy than that.

Christmas Shoebox Appeals

At this time of year, filing shoeboxes with toys to be send to vulnerable children in other parts of the world is a popular form of charity. But one of the most well-known organisations supporting this work, Samaritan’s Purse, is very problematic. 

As explained in more detail on Humanists UK’s website, alongside the packages the charity also adds religious literature which aims to convert children to Christianity. What’s even more concerning is that in previous years the head of the charity, Reverend William Franklin Graham III, has gone on the record as being racist, homophobic and anti-Muslim.

But fortunately, there are alternatives.

Circular Reasoning: The Rise of Flat Earth Belief

Michael Marshall (Marsh) from the Good Thinking Society and Merseyside Skeptics was our speaker for October. It’s been a while since he last came to Plymouth, but he always gives an entertaining talk so we were very much looking forward to the evening.  He drew in a big crowd, filling up the B-Bar.