Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Rationality or Religion - Reflections on the Criminal Justice System

Friday 9th December

It gives us great pleasure to present as our guest speaker this evening Judge Brian Knox
Brian Knox is a former judge of the NSW District Court (2005- July 2016) where he worked in the civil, child care and criminal jurisdictions of the Court.

Prior to that he was NSW Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor appearing in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal and the NSW Supreme Court while working in the office of the NSW DPP (2003-2004). Before that he was a barrister and then Senior Counsel at the NSW Bar (1989-2002).
His talk, Rationality or Religion - Reflections on the Criminal Justice System starts with the evolution of law from religious beginnings and then addresses the emphasis placed on a practice of insisting on 'contrition' and repentance in the context of criminal law which to the speaker is all a bit dubious. 
As in so many areas of the criminal law we spend a lot of time blaming people. The way it works really is a throwback to concepts of original sin and Old Testament concepts of divine wrath.
Those moralistic, punitive concepts and approaches underpin the law. They are easier for those in authority to pursue rather than focusing on evidence based approaches to what works for the wider societal good , in particular, the need for different kinds of education.


Amongst the questions that Judge Knox will answer are:

How and why have our laws evolved from the biblical texts?
What influence do those texts have on the laws of the past and present?
What is and what should be the influence of the church, monarchs, government and the people on our laws?
Are punishments of value and are they successful? Do they deter?
How and why should they be applied?
What is the impact of circumstance on criminality?


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
Early bookings and payments can be made at www.trybooking.com/NWLD
Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:
2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St
REDFERN, NSW 2000
If you are a member of our Meetup group, please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/sydneyatheists/events/231239223/

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Coming out of Bangladesh - a Muslim and Hindu find atheism



Friday 11th November

Over the last two years many secular and atheist Bangladeshi writers and bloggers have been hacked to death by Islamic extremists who will not tolerate any questioning of Islam. Many such people fear for their lives both in and outside of Bangladesh regardless of their original religion. Our speakers this evening have escaped this threat.
Shakil and Shubhajit are formally Muslim and Hindu. They will discuss life in Bangladesh, their path to atheism, the impact on their social and family relationships, the history and position of religion in the country and the place of atheists in Bangladesh.
The takings from this evening will be donated to people / organisations like our speakers, who are trying to escape the predicaments that they find themselves in. This is an evening not to be missed.
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

Coming out of Bangladesh - a Muslim and Hindu find atheism



Over the last two years many secular and atheist Bangladeshi writers and bloggers have been hacked to death by Islamic extremists who will not tolerate any questioning of Islam. Many such people fear for their lives both in and outside of Bangladesh regardless of their original religion. Our speakers this evening have escaped this threat.
Shakil and Shubhajit are formally Muslim and Hindu. They will discuss life in Bangladesh, their path to atheism, the impact on their social and family relationships, the history and position of religion in the country and the place of atheists in Bangladesh.
The takings from this evening will be donated to people / organisations like our speakers, who are trying to escape the predicaments that they find themselves in. This is an evening not to be missed.
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

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

 Mentalizing - Are humans rational?


It gives us great pleasure to present as our guest speaker this evening Margie Stuchbery who is a Senior Clinical Psychologist.
Margie's talk this evening will be: Mentalizing - Are humans rational? Mentalizing refers to the capacity to hold heart and mind in mind, both for the self and for others. It is a mental capacity that develops in the first years of life and onward and we all move in and out of it all the time. But deficits or interruptions to mentalizing capacity result in misunderstandings at best, and serious mental health issues at worst. It is not surprising that deficits in this fundamental social capacity underlie many of the difficulties that bring people in for psychotherapy.

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

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Dr Ben Goldacre

Sydney Atheists have two premium tickets for Dr Ben Goldacre which we are making available through a silent auction. They are premium tickets valued at $99.00 plus Ticketek processing fees. Please send your bids to contact@sydneyatheists.org. The first to bid the full price will get these excellent tickets, otherwise they will go to the highest bidder




The event is at Enmore Theatre on Sunday the 25th of September at 6.30pm.

To find out more about the event you can go to: https://www.thinkinc.org.au/events/ben-goldacre/#anchor




Thursday, 8 September 2016

Committee Announcement

Caroline Wykamp has retired from the position of Secretary for personal reasons. In her place, we have offered the position to Devesh Sharma who we welcome to the committee.

The Committee of Sydney Atheists now comprises:

President - Steve Marton
Vice President - Jessica Nissan
Secretary - Dev Sharma
Treasurer - Semih Ilhan
Assistant Secretary / Treasurer - Mohamed Farahat
Public Relations Officer - Thomas Kraemer
Public Officer - Michael Beecham
Technical Officer Timothy Graham

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Come hear about and see some of the greatest atheist minds at a talk and film by New York Filmaker Chris Johnson
Only one event in Sydney exclusively with Sydney Atheists



Tickets at the door or pre-purchase at https://www.trybooking.com/LQNC