Guildford & Woking Humanists

A member of the Guildford and Woking communities

About Guildford & Woking Humanists

Do you think about what is right and wrong, based on reason and respect for others?

Do you find beauty, and joy in the one life we have, without the need for an afterlife?

Do you look to science instead of religion as the best way to discover and understand the world?

Do you believe people can use empathy and compassion to make the world a better place for everyone?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then why not come along to one of our events and meet a friendly group of humanists, atheists, agnostics, skeptics and free-thinkers. We hold monthly speaker events and/or discussions at the Guildford Institute (in the Assembly Room on the first floor unless otherwise stated) and regular social events - all are welcome! There's no entry charge or membership fee, but we do collect donations to cover the room hire and speaker expenses - a donation of £3 is suggested unless you're a student in which case it's free.

Find us online

Visit our website at https://guildfordwoking.humanist.org.uk/

Latest posts

Monthly Meeting - Population Matters

This month, the speaker at our group meeting David Hepper, whose talk is entitled "Malthus was Wrong: we can solve the problem of world population growth".

David is a computer scientist with a biology degree, working part-time for the British Dragonfly Society, maintaining their scientific records, and part-time for Population Matters, the charity and think-tank supported by those concerned about world population growth. In this talk he will show that population concerns fits well with Humanism but the threats from those wanting to bring on the Apocalypse or breed a Socialist utopia are equally clear. We now have the tools to steer world population to a sustainable future without frying the planet, thus avoiding the 'Malthusian Catastrophe'. But do we have the collective will to use them?

This is a challenging and important topic, but what should the humanist viewpoint be? Come along to listen and ask questions, all are welcome!
When
12 Feb 2019 at 7:30pm
until 12 Feb 2019 at 9:30pm
Where
Guildford Institute
Ward Street
Guildford
GU1 4LH

Monthly Meeting - AGM and Group Discussion

This month, instead of having a speaker, the Guildford and Woking Humanists group meeting will be a discussion event to hear from you about how you think the group is doing, if you have any questions and what you think we should be doing in the coming year.

The discussion will take place after a short AGM. Then, if there is time, we'll be talking about books which have influenced us - if there is a particular book which has shaped the way you think about humanism, we'd be happy to hear about it (you can even bring it along).

All are welcome!
When
08 Jan 2019 at 7:30pm
until 08 Jan 2019 at 9:30pm
Where
Guildford Institute
Ward Street
Guildford
GU1 4LH

Monthly Meeting - Artificial Intelligence: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The evenings are getting darker and it seems like the long hot summer is over...but Guildford & Woking Humanists has a fascinating subject for this month's meeting. We'll be welcoming Professor Paul Krause from the University of Surrey, who will be speaking to us about artificial intelligence.

Professor Krause is Director of Research in the Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey. He graduated in Pure Mathematics and Experimental Physics at Exeter University in 1977. His talk will focus on the interface between computer systems and human society. He believes that computer systems and AI can help our understanding of many of society’s problems, but that the challenges are considerable.

“I do want to emphasise the positives, but it will always remain a matter of our own choice whether we make this a positive opportunity or a negative one.”

Whether you're happy chatting with Siri, Google or Alexa, are concerned about how big data and AI might be influencing your decisions, or you fear the rise of our machine overlords, this meeting is for you. We hope to see you there!
When
09 Oct 2018 at 7:30pm
until 09 Oct 2018 at 9:30pm
Where
Guildford Institute
Ward Street
Guildford
GU1 4LH

Monthly Meeting - Witches in history and today

We are back after the summer break, and our first speaker meeting of the autumn is on the subject of witches!

Our speaker, Deborah Hyde, has written and lectured extensively about superstition, paranormal beliefs, mythical monsters, folklore and psychology. Her varied interests include witch-hunting and exorcisms in parts of Africa. She has always been fascinated by “dark stuff” and the macabre. For this she blames “having spent too much time with mad aunties”. She will talk about witchcraft, including child witches and witchcraft laws, in this country and elsewhere.

In her day job Deborah is a make-up effects co-ordinator in the film industry, and has contributed to many films including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone.
When
11 Sep 2018 at 7:30pm
until 11 Sep 2018 at 7:30pm
Where
Guildford Institute
Ward Street
Guildford
GU1 4LH

Brookwood Cemetery Walk

This month, we have a special event - a guided walk at Brookwood Cemetery, followed by a pub lunch at the White Hart in Pirbright.

This fascinating and famous cemetery, the largest in Britain and one of the largest in Europe, is a must see. The experienced guide, Kim, will tell us about its origins and show us some of the most interesting graves.

Charles Bradlaugh, who founded the National Secular Society and was Britain's first atheist MP, and was the subject of the talk by Deborah Lavin at our meeting last November, is buried in Brookwood Cemetery.

Please note: There is a charge of £5 per person for the tour, all proceeds go to the upkeep of the cemetery. If you'd like to join us for the pub lunch, please do let us know if you can so that we can book a table for the right number of people! You can email us at guildfordwoking@humanistgroups.org.uk, or join our events on Facebook or Meetup.
When
22 Jul 2018 at 11:00am
until 22 Jul 2018 at 1:00pm
Where
Brookwood Cemetery
Glades House, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood
Woking
GU24 0BL

Monthly Meeting - Should Humanists Eat Meat?

This month, we welcome Phil Walder, who'll be speaking to us on the topic of "Should Humanists Eat Meat?" Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike are welcome for friendly discussion and debate!

As a Humanist, Phil believes in the 'Human Project' and is fascinated by the incredible ingenuity of our species. However, he doesn't believe that the future success of the human race should be at the expense of the other species that share this planet, and the health of our environment. He argues that, apart from the moral questions about killing and eating animals, the best thing that each of us can do for the planet, is to become vegetarian.

Phil has been a member of Humanists UK for 16 years and has been a vegetarian for 30 years. He started his first business when he was 25 and has been avoiding real work ever since. He originally took a BSc in Environmental Science, but has also studied philosophy and politics.
When
10 Jul 2018 at 7:30pm
until 10 Jul 2018 at 9:30pm
Where
Guildford Institute
Ward Street
Guildford
GU1 4LH