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HuVAT meetings
Humanist Viewpoints Afternoon Talk (general format more varying)

HuVAT Sunday 14th May 2017 3.00 for 3.15 p.m. will be

Vice-President John August gives a spoken and visual presentation on his many technological adventures. We'll see engineering and industrial history, and also interesting and cute artifacts encountered both in Australia and internationally: the Roman cistern beneath Istanbul; the pyramids of Wollongong; the Celtic stone circle of Glenn Innes; the thin innovative dam at Medlow in the Blue Mountains, scoffed at by British engineers, it still stands as a tribute to Australian ingenuity; the elaborate bypass system which pushes sand from Tweed Heads, NSW back into Gold Coast, Qld. There's the Egyptian inspired dam near Picton, the rocket launch pads at Woomera, the shale oil works at Newnes, and the steam mining pump near Prestonpans, Scotland (site of a rare Jacobite victory in the 1745 rising). And John promises many more items, 'plain, curious, odd and bizarre' from Australia and around the World. The simple enjoyment and sharing the lessons of human ingenuity is an important aspect of humanism.


The HuVAT program was started in February 2001 as a means for members and friends to meet regularly to talk about issues of direct interest to the Society to help the formation and development of Society policy.
Supper available for a small donation.

They are held on

  • usually the second Sunday of the month
  • note starting time is 4:00pm
  • at Humanist House 10 Shepherd St Chippendale.
  • Members and prospective members welcome to attend.

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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).

17 May An opinionated guide to gender politics

Mr Adrian Johnston

who has been active in gender politics in Sydney for several years.

24 May "Critical thinking, its philosophy, psychology and sociology"

Dr David Killingly

A specialist in biology and computer science.

31 May "How a man lived in three centuries"

The story of Mr Eric Storm

Mr Roger French

Health Director & Editor for The Natural Health Society of Australia.

7 June "North Korea, North Pacific Flashpoint"

Mr John Hallam

Anti-nuclear activist for 17 years.

  Ring 9212 2122 for details for dates not covered here  

The Open Forum has been running for 44 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

`New Humanists Sunday Open House' 3-6PM on Sunday 28th May 2017

The topic is SOCIAL MEDIA AS SELFDEHUMANISATION and our speaker on Sunday 28th May is Arash Sanghvi.
Arash is concerned at how social media interaction creates an exaggerated, prolonged identity crisis. Adolescents are anxious and conformist about superficial identity - for a while - but sites like Facebook can generate addictions that carry this longer and further. Young growing lives become a video game accumulating scores of Likes, Pokes etc. Superficial values are internalised, `sharing' replaces thinking and learning, individual identity is commodified, challenging ideas are swept away by packaged ideologies - matched to known interests and fed by automated marketing software. Thinking for oneself is lost in an echo chamber which reinforces prejudice at a frightening rate. Little people are crunched into Big Data. Psychologists and Sociologists might learn a lot about the dark side of humanity from this, but - as a student of these disciplines - Arash is concerned the price in dehumanising a generation is too high. Would this pass an ethics committee? Humanism as a way of life seeks to foster individual growth in a community valuing the real needs of human beings and the full opportunities human life can offer. One way to get this happening is to come together and discuss serious matters with other sensitive, intelligent humans.


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No information at present

Sunday 18th June 2017 1.00-5.00 p.m. will be our

It's a special day for Humanists and we'd love to see a big turnout just to celebrate together. If there's `one day of the year' to try to make it along just to see all the other Humanists this is it. Please come and share food and drink and discussion and celebrate Humanism. It's a way of life needed more than ever in the 21st century. It's great to get people out to see particular speakers on topics that interest them but Humanism is always a topic that should interest you. We will discuss Humanism on the day in several different ways, drawing on ourselves and the 2017 conference. Lyndon Storey the Humanist Chaplain in Canberra will be able to travel up and attend, to engage in a sharing of extraordinary experiences dealing with non-religious people (and a few religious ones) having dark and difficult days in their lives - even their last days. We'll try to bring along some input from Charles his predecessor. Naturally privacy and sensitivity will be respected but there is more than enough experience left to learn what insights and emotional growth experiences can come out of such fascinating work. But we'll have more besides. Another programme will be issued closer to the time, but please put the date in your diary today. We need your involvement.

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