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HuVAT Sunday 12 May 2019 3.00 for 3.15 p.m.
Murray Love is giving a
PREVIEW OF THE 2019 HUMANIST CONVENTION

We'll preview what we'll be doing, what we won't be doing, how to help, how not to hinder, what it's all for, and what it all depends on. This has to be a convention that rolls up its sleeves and gets on with the job of revitalising the humanist movement in Australia. A new wave of humanism is urgently needed for the 21 century, responding to contemporary needs, while also continuing essential traditions. We need the whole Australian Humanist Movement to get involved, whether you can manage to get to the convention or not. This convention will not, must not, be where it all ends, but where it all begins. There will be panels of speakers and lots of Q&A. Speakers won't be the usual celebrities, but ordinary humanists with optimism for the future. Over the two days we will have a number of themed sessions. Details are in the programme issued with the Australian Humanist and with the PDF version of Viewpoints. Tickets will be available at the preview and other Sunday events leading up to the convention. If you can't be there, get them online at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2019-australian-humanist-convention-the-future-of-australian-humanism-tickets-59694742582 The convention in June will be in the hall at Humanist House. There aren't a lot of tickets, and you'll need a ticket to get in.

HuVAT time slot
Humanist Viewpoints Afternoon Talk (general format now more varying)


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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).


12 Jun "Rodrigo Duterte"

On the 121st anniversary of Philippines independence; dictator or liberator?

Mr Joffre Balce

Economist and Traveller.

19 Jun "China's Belt and Road initiative"

Provider or colonist? - Resisting a scenario for disaster.

Mr Mark Ferguson

Political commentator.

26 Jun "Transhuman sex, - telos needs eros"

Zoomorphic matings with gods, aliens & androids; where is evolution taking us?

Mr Glynn Curran

Cosmologist.

  Where no program is listed a group discussion takes place, topic resolved by those present.

 

  Ring 9212 2122 for details for dates not covered here  

The Open Forum has been running for 48 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

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

Meeting 3-6PM Sunday 26 May 2019 -
we'll discuss the problem of

THE TWO CULTURES

The full title is THE TWO CULTURES: Modern vs Postmodern, Science vs Humanities, Fact vs Fiction. May 2019 is 60 years after C. P. Snow's historic lecture: The Two Cultures in which he complained intellectual life in Britain and the West was split between cultures of science and the humanities - a major hindrance to solving world problems. Snow claimed that no more than one in ten at a gathering of the highly educated could answer a simple scientific question. He said the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have no more insight into "the great edifice of modern physics" than their Neolithic ancestors. He later modified his view, hoping for a third culture, and others have pursued this goal. The split affects humanists too. Can humanism become a reconciliatory force? As Snow points out, the majority of the clever people don't go into science. If humanism gets dominated by engineers or the IT crowd, then we're missing out on some clever people. We need balance, but also communication across the divide. There is so much to resolve. Modernism vs Postmodernism isn't a progression, but a dialectic. Let's end the barely unspoken contempt between the science geeks and the humanities nerds. In Fact vs Fiction both sides think they're the winner. Factoids think fiction is bunkum, and Fictoids think facts get in the way of a good story. After sixty years, can we bury the hatchet? - in the ground, not each other's heads. Please join this historic discussion and help solve the division.

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

No information at present

Humanist House with logo overlaid

WORLD HUMANIST DAY

HuVAT Sunday 12 May 2019 3.00 for 3.15 p.m. is Murray Love giving a

PREVIEW OF THE 2019 HUMANIST CONVENTION

We'll preview what we'll be doing, what we won't be doing, how to help, how not to hinder, what it's all for, and what it all depends on. This has to be a convention that rolls up its sleeves and gets on with the job of revitalising the humanist movement in Australia. A new wave of humanism is urgently needed for the 21 century, responding to contemporary needs, while also continuing essential traditions. We need the whole Australian Humanist Movement to get involved, whether you can manage to get to the convention or not. This convention will not, must not, be where it all ends, but where it all begins. There will be panels of speakers and lots of Q&A. Speakers won't be the usual celebrities, but ordinary humanists with optimism for the future. Over the two days we will have a number of themed sessions. Details are in the programme issued with the Australian Humanist and with the PDF version of Viewpoints. Tickets will be available at the preview and other Sunday events leading up to the convention. If you can't be there, get them online
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2019-australian-humanist-convention-the-future-of-australian-humanism-tickets-59694742582
The convention in June will be in the hall at Humanist House. There aren't a lot of tickets, and you'll need a ticket to get in. Murray Love, President

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