Thursday, 14 July 2016

Escaping Hinduism – The holiest of cows!


Devesh Sharma who was born in India, and came to Australia during his early childhood. While juggling both the ‘untouchable’ Indian culture, and the modernity of Aussie culture, he had formed a view that religion was just a giant shady pyramid scheme.
But he couldn’t escape… mainly because he couldn’t pay rent as a child.
He has chanted all the mindless holy chants, and has received the equivalently mindless results!
And finally, he has ‘reincarnated’ himself, and understood that he was actually an atheist all along.
Come join Devesh for a light-hearted talk on the ‘peaceful’ scam of Hinduism.
Entry fee is $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members of Sydney Atheists. 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

Saturday, 25 June 2016

The Spectrum of Sexuality in People with and without disability - Friday 8th July




Beth Davis is a Relationships Counsellor and Sexuality Educator. She has been a Christian, Agnostic and Atheist; married, widowed, married, divorced and is presently a single atheist Relationships Counsellor and Sexuality Educator.

Synopsis: People have been historically put into boxes according to their sexuality, ability and marital status. Gay people were physically abused, people with disability were put into institutions and older single women were regarded with suspicion. We are now aware of the diversity of individuals and appreciate the spectrums that life presents.

Beth has had experience in working with and meeting a range of people including: single gay people with disability; married people using wheel chairs out of bed and having sex in bed; single guys on the Autism Spectrum using a sex worker; and people with intellectual disability living together and/or planning to marry.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/229248319/

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


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Iran - Islam to enlightenment

Friday 10th June
Amin will discuss what life was like growing up and maturing in Iran, his interactions with others and attitudes to various internal and external issues. Amin will discuss being drafted into the police, what that was like, how that impacted on his beliefs and general attitude to life and how this affected his family, friendships and relationships. Amin will reveal some of the mystique of the fascinating country of Iran.

Amin will also discuss the transition to Australia and other matters of interest.



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

RSVP at Sydney Atheists http://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/229248186/
or Young Sydney Atheists http://www.meetup.com/Young-Sydney-Atheists/events/230628994/

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Sydney Atheists Musical Performance
Shelley Segal from Melbourne is one of Australia's foremost Atheist singer / songwriter performers. This will be her final performance in Sydney before she moves to the USA. If you love the voice of Adele mixed with atheist themes, you'll love Shelley.
Friday 20th May at Club Redfern (on the second floor)
Entry: Sydney Atheist Supporter Members / Pensioners / Students $15.00
Non members $20.00
Book and buy tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/LEQR (surcharges apply)


Shelley's singing / songwriting credits include:
The Global Atheist Convention
AHA's annual conference
The American Atheist Convention
Skepticon
Apostacon
Sacramento Freethought Day
London Secular Conference
First Statewide Secular Conference in Alabama
Anniversary of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
The Freedom From Religion Foundation
First ever Alberta Secular Conference
Reasonfest in Kansas

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