Charles Darwin's Birthday Quiz

 

Six teams appeared for the Birthday Quiz at Avenida II on time and one team arrived an hour late (didn't realise Totana was so far away). Paul Macd read the questions with his Cloud 9 voice, so everyone on the paseo heard.

 

After two hours and 8 sections of questions, the results were in. Darwin Dummies won with 43 points, Fearless Five scored 40, third were Mountain Men, followed by 4 Ever Young, The Ramblers and the wooden spoon (one box of chocolates) was won by AC DC. Food & Drink scored high, Entertainment scored low

 

The after lunch Darwin Quiz was won by The Ramblers. The thirty people who attended enjoyed the Quiz and the food and drink proved by Avenida II.

 

Humanists of Murcia January 2020 Walk

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The walk took place just West of San Juan de Los Terreros. There were 31 people enjoying a walk along the paseo at Barriada El Pozo del Esparto before turning inland and making a loop back to the coast.

Despite the recent rains the tracks wer mainly dry and the flowers were creeping out from their wnter hibernation.


Humanists of Murcia AGM

The Humanists of Murcia held their AGM in January 2020. Eighteen members and 6 non members attended the meeting at Las Redes in Bolnuevo. Anne Edwards chaired the gathering as new members were voted onto the Committee for 2020.

The Chair is Jon Thompson, Secretary Annie Busch, Treasurer Geoff Tate, Publicity Martine Smets, Walks Jim Smith and The Celebrant, Sue Mcdonald stays on.

There is 220€ in the bank and Ann reported that on the past years' activities including Walks, Discussions, Remembrance Day, celebrations at The Equinoxes and Solstices.


 

Humanists of Murcia Last Walk 2019

 

Dec2019 Walk 2a

 

Fifteen people went on the last walk at the back of Mazarrón, called “The Cemetary Walk”. Joan & Jon did not go on the walk as they were poorly, but Jon came to the meeting point, La Siena, to ask Jim to lead the walk and not to deviate from Jon's route. There were 10 from San Juan de los Terreros and 5 from Murcia.

 

Amazingly, the walk was completed in under 3 hours, and Jon had to rush back to La Siena to warn Pepe and his crew who were still having lunch.

 

Pepe was in fine form and surprised that no one came from Camposol. The food was good 5 rounds of food and a little wine & beer. Jon thanked everyone for coming and pointed out the 2 Mikes that the fountain at the Miner's roundabout was in full flow. The next walk will be down in the San Juan area.

 

Religious Education Board Puts its Faith in a Humanist

Humanists are set to help shape the religious curriculum after winning a legal battle to sit on a council´s education board.

Humanists UK said that the decisiion is "likely to pave the way for more Humanists to sit on such bodies across England".

Rachael Taggart-Ryan from the charity was refused an application for full membership of Greenwich Council´s Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE) which has members from various religous groups.

She was later admitted after solicitors for Humanists UK wrote to the council saying it intended to apply to the High Court to take the case. Ms Taggart-Ryan said "I beleive it´s important that children have the opportunity to learn about a broad range of beliefs in RE including humanism".

In 2017 a humanist was admitted to a Welsh education board after a similar legal challenge.


 Are you a Humanist ?

This is a more or less serious set of questions designed to help you think about whether you are committed to a religious view of the world and how this affects your moral beliefs. However many people have a fairly mixed collection of beliefs, and few are completely consistent, so it is possible that none of the profiles below truly reflects your world view. But they do give an indication of what most humanists believe – and don't believe.

Which of the following statements is closest to your point of view? (You can choose more than one answer to each question if you need to)


1 Does God exist?

A) I am sure there is a God ruling over the universe.
B) It depends what you mean by God, but I think so
C) I don't know.
D)There is no evidence that any God exists so I'll assume that there isn't one..

2 When I die …

A) My soul will go to another place where I will be rewarded if I was good and punished if I was bad.
B) I will survive in some kind of afterlife
C ) That will be an end of me.
D)I will live on in peoples memories of me, or because of the work I have done, or in people's memories of me.

3 How did the Universe begin?

A) God created it
B) It was set up by extremely intelligent aliens from another universe, who drop in every now and again to see how we;re doing
C) I don't know.
D) The scientific explanations are the best ones available, no gods were involved.

4 The theory that life on earth evolved gradually over millions of years is..

A) Just a theory. My religion tells me the true story
B) Likely to be true, but I think my God had a part in it too.
C) Probably true, because my science teacher said it was true.
D) True, there is plenty of evidence from fossils, DNA and other sources, showing that this is how it happened.

5 When I look at a beautiful view I think that ….....

A) it must have been designed by God
B) it would be a nice place for a motorway.
C) this is what life is all about – I feel good.
D) we ought to do everything possible to protect ths for future generations.

6 I can tell right from wrong by...........

A) reading a holy book or listening to a religious leader
B) I don't really think about it much, people should just do as they like
C) accepting what my parents and teachers say.
D) thinking hard about the probable consequences actions and their effects on other people

7 Its best to be honest because ….....

A) my religion tells me so.
B) it's usually against the law or the rules to be dishonest.
C) people respect you more if you're trustworthy
D) I'm happier and feel better about myself if I'm honest.

8 Other people matter and should be treated with respect because.........

A) God created us all in his own image.
B) they are useful to me
C) they are people with feelings like mine
D) we will all be happier if we treat each other well.

9 Animals should be treated..........

A)with respect because they are part of God's creation.
B) however we see fit – they don't have souls and were created for us to use.
C) kindly because they are sweet and fluffy and nicer than people.
D) with respect because they can suffer too.

10 The most important thing in life is.......

A) to have a good relationship with God.
B) to make lots of money.
C) to preserve the planet for future generations.
D) to increase the general happiness and welfare of humanity.

Interpreting Your Answers

This is a more or less serious set of questions designed to help you think about whether you are committed to a religious view of the world and how this affects your moral beliefs. However many people have a fairly mixed collection of beliefs, and few are completely consistent, so it is possible that none of the profiles below truly reflects your world view. But they do give an indication of what most humanists believe – and don't believe.

All or mostly A's You definitely have a religious faith and Humanism is not for you, though you may agree with humanists on some issues, especially if you collected a few C's and D's.

All or mostly B's You may have some religious beliefs, or you might still be exploring ideas and not made up your mind. Some of your choices are not very ethical – so you're unlikely to be a humanist.

All or mostly C's Your answers are fairly neutral, perhaps a bit dependent on authority or other people,or pure emotion. Humanists try to think, and to think for themselves. You may be an agnostic, or a humanist, or vaguely religious, depending on your other answers.

All or mostly D's You are a humanist or very close to humanist thinking. Many people are, often without even knowing it! Humanists don't agree about everything, and you may have collected some other answers too, though if they include A's and B's you're unlikely to be a humanist.