West London Humanists and Secularists

21 Thursday 2019

‘Compete or Co-operate - the evolutionary choice that will determine our future’

Roger Heppleston has developed a unique evolutionary perspective on human development which give context to the big challenges facing us all today: from population issues such as immigration and ageing, to the disruptive effect of new technologies and the destruction of the environment. Throughout, his focus is to emphasise the leading role humanism must play in our communities to promote and support the secular ideas of the enlightenment which he considers imperative if mankind is to be able to address our future challenges.

Roger Heppleston has had a successful international business career for 30 years in planning and distribution, working for scientific and pharmaceutical companies. Now retired, he travels widely and enjoys writing and study. Inspired by Richard Dawkins’ description of memes as agents of evolutionary change, he has developed the concept to explain the evolutionary success of humans. In 2015 he published his first book Memes, Societies and Human Evolution: How humans came to dominate the planet and then threaten its ecology, which provides an in-depth evolutionary history of mankind from our hunter-gatherer forbears up to the modern age.

He has recently published his second book ‘Compete or Cooperate, the evolutionary choice that will determine our future’ in which he explains why understanding and shaping the forces of memetic evolution is so vital to all our futures. Evolution is accelerating and human society must adapt rapidly if we are to create a better world for our children.

Main monthly meetings

On the third Thursday of every month except August, we have our main meeting at Ealing Quaker Meeting House, for which there is a £4 attendance fee (£3 for WLHS members) to cover venue hire costs. The upcoming programme for these meetings is here (as an online PDF).


Monthly socials

On the first Thursday of every month from 7:30pm, join us for socialising and relaxed conversation about anything and everything at Crispins Wine Bar in Ealing.

This is mostly a quiet, sit-down affair perfect for discussions about the issues of the day.

Two or three committee members are regularly present. These socials are often a point-of-entry for people previously unfamiliar with the humanist community and/or with WLHS. We always look forward to welcoming such new attendees in particular, whatever their world view.


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