Brighton Secular Humanists
Living Without Religion. Challenging Religious Privilege.
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We meet at 7:30pm for an 8pm start, on the first Wednesday of every month except August,
at The King and Queen, 13-17 Marlborough Place, Brighton BN1 1UB
Wednesday 5 October 2016, 7:30pm for 8pm start
Jason Warriner: The Work of the Sussex Beacon
The Director of Clinical Services at the Sussex Beacon will be talking about providing specialist care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS
Wednesday 2 November 2016, 7:30pm for 8pm start
Jon Stewart: "Inside AA: Can a Non-existent God cure Alchoholism?"
Alcoholics Anonymous offers a commonly-accepted and media-endorsed "spiritual" programme of recovery. Yet while AA’s social worth is rarely challenged, its efficacy appears comparable to that of spontaneous remission.
AA’s famous '12 Step programme' evolved from the tenets of a now forgotten evangelical Christian mass movement. First published in 1939, it remains entirely unchanged since then. This wide-ranging talk draws on the work of philosopher Dan Dennett and evolutionary psychologist Andy Thomson (Trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation) to show how sacred texts and faith-based belief systems have been undermined in the new age of internet transparency. Jon Stewart was co-founder, guitarist and co-songwriter for platinum-selling Britpop band Sleeper. He currently lectures in popular culture at a local HE Institution, and is a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton. A grateful sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 15 years, Jon also campaigns for more up-to-date evidence-based secular treatment options, via his blog at http://jonsleeper.wordpress.com/
Wednesday 7 December 2016, 7:30pm for 8pm start
Robert Stovold: "From Santa to Suicide Bomber: How Faith Fuels Fun and Fundamentalism."
Faith is used to legitimise many ideas - but what exacty is faith, and what makes some beliefs more dangerous than others? Is moderate religion the solution to the threat of fundamentalism, or a gateway drug to it?