Posts Tagged 'edinburgh uni humanist society'

And here comes another one

Today I was pleased to discover the appearance of the new humanist blog ‘Time Out of Mind‘. This latest offering comes from Stuart, former president of the Edinburgh University Humanist Society and Penicuik’s finest rock’n’roll skeptic. Stuart promises to apply his sparkling wit and skills of reasoning to any preposterous and mighty claims which come his way. Should be a good read.

Welcome Stuart!

The Inaugural UK Secular Student Conference

Over the weekend of June 21-22nd, Edinburgh University Humanist Society was proud to host the inaugural Secular Student Conference. This is the first time that atheist, secular and humanist societies from universities across the UK have gathered together to share their experiences and ideas and to meet each other.

It was a fantastic weekend with lots of great people and ideas. The groups present included:

Durham University Humanist Society
Edinburgh University Humanist Society
Keele Humanist Group
Leeds Atheist Society
Oxford Secular Society
Warwick Atheists
Southampton Atheist Society sent a document with their details and suggestions

The first day focussed on learning about the different societies. On Saturday morning, the societies gave presentations and introduced themselves and events they’d organised. In the afternoon there were presentations from various organisations including the British Humanist Association, the Humanist Society of Scotland and the National Secular Society. On Sunday, the societies got down to talking about how they can work together and provide support and representation for exisiting and new student societies. There was also discussion about working together on events and campaigns and co-ordinating resources. Serious plans are under way to build an umbrella organisation created for and run by student groups in the UK. If you’re interested in finding out more or becoming involved, secular student discussion can be found at the Secular Portal site created by the Leeds Atheists Society.

Pictures and videos from the event can be found here.

World Humanist Day 2008

Yesterday was World Humanist Day 2008! Sadly, I was unable to access a functioning internet connection, and so I am sending you all my best wishes and hoping that you had a fabulous day yesterday whatever you were doing. As for me, I was attending the first day of the UK’s first secular student conference. There are groups here from various universities and we’ve had speakers from some of the UK’s main humanist and secular organisations. We’ve been hearing about the different groups’ experiences and sharing our ideas and suggestions. Today, there’s going to be talk about what we can do together and how we can interact. It’s pretty exciting! I will be writing some more about this in the coming week.

The Golden Compass

Yesterday, the university Humanist Society and friends went to see ‘The Golden Compass‘ on the big screen. ‘The Golden Compass’ is the film adaptation of ‘The Northern Lights’, the first book of Phillip Pullman‘s ‘His Dark Materials’ series. The books really are excellent, so we were quite excited and nervous about how the film would compare.

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Evolution vs. Intelligent Design debated

This Friday the University of Edinburgh Humanist Society and the Humanist Academy jointly hosted a debate entitled “Are we here by Chance, or by Design… or should we ask deeper questions?”. Speaking for Evolution were Professor Roger Downie (Zoology Dept, Glasgow University) and John Wiltshire (Mathematical Physicist,Systems Engineer). Speaking for Intelligent Design were Dr. Alistair Noble (Chemist, Educational Consultant) and Dr. Alistair Donald (Church of Scotland Minister, PhD Environmental Science). Each team of speakers were given 30 minutes to present their arguments, 15 minutes to respond to their opponents’ presentations and then 30 minutes were left for questions from the floor. I was glad to see these issues being properly debated by a well-qualified panel. My only encounters with Intelligent Design theories so far have been the usual extremists and Creationists so I was looking forward to seeing the actual hypotheses presented to the scientific community and their responses.

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