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HuVAT Sunday 10 February 2019 3.00 for 3.15 p.m.
is on

(Our Darwin Day Celebration for 2019)

Darwin's revolutionary concept of natural selection has had wide-reaching implications in many areas of human endeavour. With scientific and intellectual revolutions it's easy to lose sight of their historical precursors and original social context, that provided the template for such revolutionary ideas. This presentation explores pre-Darwinian notions of biological thought, the popular culture of natural history collecting, particularly in Victorian England, and our struggle in comprehending the antiquity of the Earth. We briefly explore a colourful interlude in history populated by mavericks, clergymen, idealists and gentlemen scientists. We'll conclude with a look at how Darwin has fundamentally changed the nature of Natural History collections, and some recent research into the effectiveness of how modern museums interpret evolution. Speakers TBA.


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

Open Forum     Open Forum logo

(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).

6 Feb "Democracy and vote fraud"

"A threat to our future".

Mr Lex Stewart

A staffer to six former members of parliament.

13 Feb Not finalised

20 Feb "The myth of the nanny state"

Mr Bob Vinnicombe

Activist and speaker on political issues.

  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.


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.

Picture of David Duffy
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 24 February 2019 -

Humanism with Australian characteristics

Can we develop a living Australian Humanism functioning as a desirable identity, a welcoming community, a matured system of values, a fulfilling way of life, a philosophy with realistic answers, an effective approach to progress, and an inspiration for creativity?

Any 21st century Australian form of Humanism needs to be robust for a big country with a good heart and a no nonsense attitude. While many Australians insist they are "spiritual", even if not identifying as religious, this is still a pragmatic country, often somewhat cynical about professed values. But avoiding hypocrisy is not a sufficient basis in itself. To escape mind-numbing globalised 'pap-culture' we need a 'muscular' Australian Humanism.

What are Australian characteristics or stereotypes? Do American ideas work here? What do we learn from Britain, Europe, Asia and Africa? What has been our own secular history? What gets Australians motivated? Hosted by Murray Love, President, NSW Humanists.

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

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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