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

HuVAT Sunday 13 May 2018 3.00 for 3.15 p.m.

Speaker John August


This is another slideshow from our Vice-President on 'MARVELS OF HUMAN INGENUITY'. 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).

1 Aug "The history of money"

"From barter to block chain"

Mr Joffre Balce

Economist and Secretary of the Association for Good Government.

15 Aug "The enigma of contemporary Russia"

Prof David Wansbrough

Writer, artist and historian. He has published 11 books in Russia and also held 9 art exhibitions.

  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 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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Workshop 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.)

Each year we try to celebrate World Humanist Day in June with a deeper look at humanism and/or the humanist movement.

It's been a while since we opened up World Humanist Day to all speakers but we're going back there this year. Hopefully we'll keep things focused on solutions to the problem of growing the Humanist movement in the 21st century.

This is an urgent call (first made in March in the newsletter) 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.

No-one has contacted me although I have prompted some people and I will be working the audience on the day.


We particular need ideas from those born in the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and even the nineties. Those born in the twenties, thirties and forties will still have ideas but we have to involve all these younger generations in order to build a future.

We also need to hear from women, LGBTQ, those born overseas in Asia, Africa, Continental Europe, and other non-anglo-celtic areas, people breaking away from religions of all persuasions, those identifying as spiritual but not religious.

We need to hear from everyone with ideas we haven't heard before, about how to evolve a diverse humanist community. Or ideas we haven't heard often enough.

We need to hear from those with expertise in how to organise, fund, grow, market, and empower effective humanist community institutions. We need to continue to develop credible philosophical and ethical underpinnings for our movement requiring teamwork on intellectual discussion and activism.

Everyone will be free to speak but keep in mind there isn’t a secretariat or volunteer force available to take up ideas. The ideas for the future which will have some hope of fruition will be those which include an implementation strategy.

Ideas from this event will play a part in the joint convention we are planning with the ACT Humanists for 2019 where we will discuss the future of Humanism in Australia in earnest.

The humanist movement is diverse in its ways and means so please represent your own priorities on the day.

Murray Love, President


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