Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Science & Technology: Deep Space Exploration Part 2


Our very own Thomas Kraemer holds a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering.
As a Researcher for NASA at Princeton University’s Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory, Thomas was actively involved in the development of non-conventional Space Thruster Systems before returning to “down to earth” devices like Gas Turbines and Steam Turbines for Power Generation.
Topic:
In his Talk Thomas will outline the challenges and technological hurdles which we will need to overcome in order to reach other solar systems or even alien galaxies.
Utilising his broad knowledge of the topic, Thomas will focus on the newest developments in Space Thruster technology and speak about the energy systems required to power them, before he will venture into the unknown, explaining and exploring such bizarre ideas as “Thermo-Nuclear Propulsion” and “Beamed Core Anti-Matter Rockets.”
Prepare yourself for some weird stuff!
 Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to: http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html
ntry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to:
Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000

RSVP at  http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/228968183/

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Upcoming Event 

Pluralistic Ignorance Towards Atheists



Dr Peter Jonason will explore research as to why some people like atheists in private but less in public.
Across three US studies, the impact of perceived social norms on attitudes and positive behavioral intentions towards atheists and religious believers were investigated. Reported attitudes, reported acceptability of expressing positive and negative attitudes, and reported positive behavioral intentions disproportionately favored religious believers over atheists. However, participants reported a higher likelihood of engaging in positive behaviors towards atheists when the threat of public scrutiny was limited, indicating that the social norm in the U.S. may be suppressing privately held, positive behavioral intentions that would otherwise support atheists, creating a state of pluralistic ignorance. Other factors will also be discussed. 
Dr. Jonason earned his B.A. in Communication Science and Political Science and his M.A. in Communication Science from the University of Connecticut. He earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from New Mexico State University. Since 2011, he has been in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. He has authored more than 75 publications during his career; 20 in 2015 alone. In 2014 he won the IgNobel award in psychology and in 2015 he served Visiting Scholar positions at Lomonosov Moscow State University and the University of Western Ontario. 
Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to:http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html 
Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000
The entrance is 20 metres across Gibbons Street from Redfern Station under the SPAR sign. You can walk up the stairs, the escalator or use the elevator to the 2nd floor where the club is located. 

Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/228197616/

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visit with Julie Bishop

Dear Julie Bishop,

As the President of Sydney Atheists, I would like to bring your attention to the millions, yes millions of Atheists in Iran.

In Iran it is against the religious laws to become an atheist. Such behaviour is considered as apostasy and blasphemous, and any such declaration by a former Muslim risks at the least lost work opportunities, isolation, imprisonment and potentially death. As such, Atheists have to hide their beliefs

I understand that you either have or will raise the issue of Baha'is in Iran. That is to be commended. Please be aware, however, that the number of Atheists in Iran is far greater than the number of Baha'is and their suffering is at least as bad. Indeed, the Iranian theocracy looks more kindly on any godly belief than on the denial of gods.

We have a very significant number of Persian (Iranian) Atheists in our community. They fear for those of their family and friends still in Iran. They also fear for their safety should they exercise and express their freedom of belief or non-belief in Shia Islam and wish to visit their families and friends in that country.

I plead with you on behalf of Atheist Persians in Iran, Australia and around the world to encourage the Iranian Government to allow freedom of belief, conscience and tolerance in Iran.

Thank you,

Steve Marton
President Sydney Atheists

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

11th March Talk

Understanding the Science of Climate Change


Sydney Atheists welcomes Dr Dennys Angove who will present "Understanding the Science of Climate Change." 
Dennys will discuss:
The Structure and significance of the atmosphere,
Energy balance and the greenhouse effect, 
Global warming and trends in Green House Gas concentrations,
Some modelling outcomes and a review. 
Dennys will conduct a generous and challenging question time.
Dennys was a researcher in vehicle emissions catalysis and the atmospheric chemistry of emissions at Macquarie Uni. He has worked as a CSIRO atmospheric chemist for the last 15 years and has presented an atmospheric chemistry module at UTS for the last 10 years. His personal involvement is now dictated by worrying changes occurring in the troposphere so he decided to get involved in trying help people understand the science. He is currently active in professional societies and a volunteer for the Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to:http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html
Dinner is available from 5.30pm whilst the talk will begin at 7.00pm. As there will be limited table space, it is preferable to have meals in the restaurant section of the club before entering the function area, though bringing drinks in will be fine. Please have your meal in the adjacent lounge areas where there is a variety of food and drinks including Australian and Chinese meals - see the menu selection at:  http://www.clubredfern.com.au/dining 
Our talk events are held in the Function Room at Club Redfern: 
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St 
REDFERN, NSW 2000
The entrance is across Gibbons Street from Redfern Station under the SPAR sign. You can walk up the stairs, the escalator or use the elevator to the 2nd floor where the club is located.
To RSVP, please go to:  http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/226206905/

Friday, 18 December 2015

AGM December 2015

At the 2015 AGM held on Wednesday the 16th of December, a new committee was elected with just one change in personnel.

Jenny Howatson stepped down as secretary for family and work reasons. We thank Jenny for all of her wonderful input through her time as secretary.

In her place, we welcome Caroline Wykamp. Caroline has a background in management which will complement the skills set of the committee.

The newly elected Sydney Atheists committee for 2016 comprises:

President Steve Marton
Vice President Jessica Nissan
Secretary Caroline Wykamp
Treasurer Semi Ilhan
Public Relations Officer Thomas Kraemer
Assistant Treasurer / Secretary Mohamed Farahat
Public Officer Michael Beecham

Sydney Atheists look forward to another successful year in growing the organisation, its members, funds and most importantly its impact on the wider community.

One of our first assignments will be to address the Human Rights Commission's Religious Freedom Roundtable for non-faith organisations in February. A letter will be sent to Supporter / Financial members of Sydney Atheists by our Public Relations Officer, Thomas Kraemer.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Final Sydney Atheists talk for 2015 

Deep space exploration by Princeton Research Scholar Thomas Kraemer.

RSVP here:

http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/224805835/

Friday, 30 October 2015

New Home

Sydney Atheists' previous venue has been closed for renovations and may no longer be available to us in the format that we were used to.

We have a new and much better venue - the Function Room at Club Redfern. 
Located on the second floor at 159 Redfern Street (on the corner with Gibbons Street), it is a 20 metre walk across Gibbons Street from Redfern station.

Not only is our new home very convenient to transport, we will have a far wider selection of food, better lighting, more comfortable chairs, a huge screen for audiovisual, a projector that screens from the ceiling, thus not interfering in people's views. The location can be reached not only by stairs, but also by escalator and elevator. Whilst one could not get a coffee or tea at our previous venue, that becomes a possibility at the new one.

Attendees are well advised to get to the venue before our talks begin to have their meals though on limited ocassions food may be brought into the Function room. Drinks can always be brought into the Function room.
To see the menu selection, please go to  http://www.clubredfern.com.au/dining

A photo below shows the entrance to the venue under the SPAR sign.


If you have issues finding the venue, please call Steve 0450 123 211