• Open Forum
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Former HuVAT time slot
Humanist Viewpoints Afternoon Talk (general format now more varying)

HuVAT Sunday 8 April 3 for 3:15 pm
Human Ingenuity II

Speaker John August VP

This looks at extraordinary engineering works, antique machines, scientific curiosities and strange objects John has encountered and photographed in his travels. For those who missed the first one, John will reprise some of the best elements from the original talk, with additional content seen at Broken Hill, the Nullarbor plain and on his trip to Perth. A recent trip to Tasmania revealed a bridge built in ancient Roman style, and encountered early steam engineering in Melbourne as well as old bridges, towers, whaling sites, and the shale-oil works of Glen Davis. Closer to home will be photos of the Hornsby Fountain and the Katoomba ropeway. Beyond human ingenuity will be some natural marvels- the Pinnacles, the Ulladulla fossil walk, other strange locations and curious human monuments..

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(Note while this meeting series is sponsored by us its program is often not representative of the views of the Humanist Society at all. In fact it may run topics contrary to our interests! David Duffy's interest is to provide a regular venue to air matters of contemporary interest. If you are interested in what the Society as a body is concerned about click the HuVAT tab above).

14 Mar "The reform of the Catholic church"

Mr Bob Vinnicombe

Social and political researcher.

4 Apr "The political origins of global warming"

Mr Jeff Grimshaw

Specialist in business adaptive intelligence; Historian and graduate in political science.

11 Apr "Science proves the existence of God"

Mr Helmut Cernic MA (Hon)

Specialist in the history and philosophy of science.

18 Apr "How to imrpove your health through fasting"

Dr Doug Evans

Osteopath and speaker on health related issues.

  Ring 9212 2122 for details for dates not covered here  

The Open Forum has been running for 47 years.

They are held

  • Every Wednesday
  • Starting at 8pm
  • at Humanist House 10 Shepherd St Chippendale.
  • Public Welcome.
  • Phone a recorded message service for last minute updates to the program.
    (+61 2) 9212 2122
  • Note: if there is no guest speaker a discussion evening on a topical issue occurs.
  • Supper available for a small donation.


The Wednesday Open Forum meetings are sponsored by the Humanist of Society of NSW to promote lively debate about topical issues. It has been held every Wednesday since 1971. You are welcome to come along and bring some friends. With a wide range of speakers and audience participants, views expressed by speakers and audience cannot be taken as a reflection of Humanist views .

Humanism fosters constructive intellectual exchange which can become impassioned at time. This requires a commitment from you to appropriate behaviour at all times. Unruly or offensive behaviour will not and cannot be tolerated.

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David Duffy the long-time convener!
Tel: 4782 1130 AM only

The Society also runs the HuVAT (Humanist Viewpoints Afternoon talk) series usually on the second Sunday of each month 4 pm. These meetings are more orientated to the Humanist position as such. Click the HuVAT tab above.

NSW Humanist Meetup

Ethical Culture in Humanism

3 - 6PM Sunday 22 April 2018

The Ethical Culture movement was a 19th century forerunner of the Humanist movement, and merged into it. Some Ethical Societies remain but the members still call themselves 'Humanists'. We'll examine 'The Eight Commitments of Ethical Culture':Do the ideas of Ethical Culture still resonate in the 21 century? Please come along and share in the examined life. Ethics is central - Ethics begins with choice - We choose to treat each other as ends, not merely means - We seek to act with integrity - Personal progress is possible, both in wisdom and in social life - Self-reflection and our social nature require us to shape a more humane world - Democratic process is essential to our task: The democratic process is essential to a humane social order because it respects the worth of persons and elicits and allows a greater expression of human capacities. Democratic process also implies a commitment to shared responsibility and authority.

All details here in printable form are copied from our journal Viewpoints downloadable from Members page.

No information at present

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Workshjop on the future of Humanism

Sunday, June 17, 2018 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Humanist House 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale, Sydney
(Humanist House is a few doors behind the old Hotel Broadway, just across and downhill towards the city from the Broadway Shopping Centre.)

Our one big event in June, on Sunday 17th will celebrate World Humanist Day. It's been a while since we opened up World Humanist Day to all speakers but we're going back there in 2018. Hopefully we'll keep things focused on solutions to the problem of growing the Humanist movement in the 21st century. This is a call for those with a real idea for rebuilding our future as an ethical movement founded in common human values and progressed through human reason, discovery and creativity. If a talk becomes about something else, hopefully our audience will steer it 'back to the future' through suitable questions and comments.

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