Milton Keynes Humanists 
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PROGRAMME

Programme
"Be kind. It’s really not complicated. Don’t do anything to others that you wouldn’t done to you.
We don’t need priests, monks, gurus, imams, shamans, or druids to tell us that. And enjoy
yourself. Your existence is miraculous, you have won the lottery. Seize every minute
on this glorious planet. Run, laugh, shout, hug, kiss, dance, climb, taste, touch, and
swim while you can. For most of eternity, we are nothingness.”        Dan Snow

We hold our public meetings on the second Thursday of the month at York House [London Road, Stony Stratford, MK11 1JQ — shown here].

We discuss all kinds of issues, and always try to keep meetings topical and relevant to what's going on locally and nationally. The main topic areas are listed below.

Meetings start at 19.00 and typically conclude around 21.30. Please use the rear entrance so as not to disturb other activities that may be going on in the main hall.
Our meetings are held on the first floor. They are open to anyone who is genuinely interested in finding out more about humanism / secularism, and they are free to newcomers — and you get tea and biscuits!

November  2017 - On Giving Offence [Mike Flood]

We will be discussing the risks and consequences of exercising one’s right to freedom of expression and especially in relation to religious matters. Should there be any limits on making fun of what it says in holy books, or mocking people's ideas about God and The Creation? There is no right not to be offended, at least in the UK. But recall the reaction to the Danish cartoons, Jerry Springer the Opera, and the Jesus & Mo cartoons… Muslims believe it is fundamentally wrong to present an image of the prophet Mohammed, and some think those that do should be killed. Indeed, blasphemy is a capital offence in more than a dozen countries. Lots to discuss and consider...
October 2017 - Artificial Intelligence[Matt Haughton]

If we develop an intelligent machine should it have the same ‘human’ rights as ourselves? But then would a machine understand the concept of rights? How can machines make moral decisions? Engineers are right now facing this problem with the introduction of driver-less cars (in an accident situation, does the machine save the occupant or the pedestrian?) Similar questions arise with the deployment of drones (‘collateral damage’ is a real moral issue). ‘General Intelligence’ (also known as the ‘singularity’), is the point at which a robot will be able to program the next version of itself and produce a superior being. Stephen Hawking and other scientists have expressed fears about AI becoming one of the biggest threats to humanity. How seriously should we take these concerns?
September 2017 - Great Lives[Group Effort]

Ten
members will talk briefly about men and women who they consider ‘great’, and explain why. This could include philosophers, scientists, writers, artists and activists. We will explore what ‘greatness’ means in practice, and what if any lessons there are for us ordinary morals. There’s likely to be discussion of moral relativism (was Confucius really sexist?);  what’s the difference between being ‘famous’ and being ‘great’? And we will also ask whether it really matters that some ‘greats’ were not very nice human beings.
August 2017 - Summer Outing [to a vineyard]


July 2017 - Are There Limits to Freedom of Speech?


June 2017 - Ethical Dilemmas


May 2017 - Life and Death


April 2017 - Mistaken Identity: creed, country, colour, culture


March 2017 - Humanism and Islam


February 2017 - Religion's Dirty Dozen


January 2017 - What's true anymore: life in a post truth era





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