North London Group
Forthcoming Events - new members / visitors welcome
THE NORTH LONDON HUMANIST GROUP
MEETS ON THE SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH (Except in August & December) FOR DISCUSSION MEETINGS
INTERSPERSED WITH SOCIAL EVENTS
SUCH AS A MEAL IN A RESTAURANT
MAYBE FINISHING AT A MEMBER’S HOME,
GARDEN PARTY OR A THEATRE VISIT.
Meetings are held in congenial surroundings at
The Ruth Winston Centre, 190 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 5UE.
(First room on the left)
Each second Thursday of the month (*ex. August & December) :
7.30 for 8.p.m.
Free tea/coffee served on arrival; time to chat before talk and discussion and we finish at 10 p.m.
Visitors welcome to come and see if you like us without charge or obligation.
Limited car parking in service road behind the centre off Oakthorpe Rd;
Public car park off Lodge Drive (entrance by McDonalds).
On bus routes W6, 102, 329 and
Palmers Green overground station is just a short walk.
(If you should arrive late and the front door is locked knock on the window on the left and someone will open the door for you.)
VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT ALL EVENTS
(No obligation to join)
Information & literature about Humanism, Humanist ceremonies, etc. available at all meetings.
We aim to provide an informal and friendly atmosphere
and give everyone an opportunity to join in discussions.
THURSDAY JUNE 14th:
7.30 for 8.00
At: Ruth Winston Centre,
190 Green Lanes, Palmers Green, N13 5UE
DR. COLIN BREWER
“LET ME NOT GET ALZHEIMER’S SWEET HEAVEN: Why most indigenous British people would rather be dead than demented.”
"A British survey published in 2007 questioned 725 members of the general public in London and the South East. ‘In the face of severe dementia, less than 40% of respondents would wish to be resuscitated after a heart attack, nearly three- quarters wanted to be allowed to die passively and almost 60% agreed with physician assisted suicide. ... Our survey suggests that a large proportion of the UK general public do not wish for life-sustaining treatments if they were to become demented and the majority agreed with various forms of euthanasia.’7 That as many as 40% would want to be resuscitated may reflect the intriguing additional finding that: ‘White respondents were significantly more likely to refuse life-sustaining treatment and to agree to euthanasia compared with black and Asian respondents.’ I don’t want to digress too much about this last point but I would guess that religiosity was an important factor in the significantly different levels of treatment refusal, since the black and Asian respondents were almost certainly more religious, as a group, than their white counterparts."
Dr Colin Brewer worked in general and academic psychiatry before concentrating on addiction treatment and his published research also covers such topics as obesity, abortion and the effectiveness (or not) of social work. He was invited to join the committee of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (now Dignity in Dying) in 1978 and was responsible for the world’s first ‘Guide to Self-Deliverance’, which was available only to established VES members. In retirement (and increasingly aware of Time’s wingèd chariot etc) he remains active in the Medical Aid in Dying movement and is the Associate Co-ordinator of My Death, My Decision. In 2016, he and Dr Michael Irwin co-edited I’ll See Myself Out, Thank You - now out of print but still available on Kindle - and he is currently writing a book on assisted suicide and dementia. He also does food, madrigals and travel.
Tea/coffee available on arrival.
Visitors welcome without charge.
Come and meet us and join in the discussion.
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THURSDAY JUNE 21st
WORLD HUMANIST DAY
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THURSDAY JULY 12th
from Healthwatch UK
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13th
“A Humanistic Perspective on the caste system in India
and in the U.K.”
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LOCATION OF THE RUTH WINSTON CENTRE
in Palmers Green
There is limited parking behind the Centre—into Oakfield Road and immediately left by the car sales. There is a large shoppers car park off Lodge Drive (where the ‘A105’ sign is on the map) — entrance next to McDonalds. (Free after 6.30.) Once parked — if you face the rear of the shops there is a pedestrian alley on the left which comes out in Green Lanes just 50 yds or so from the Centre. (Where the ‘A1004’ sign is on the map.)