Climate Emergency: Facing Extinction and What to Do About It

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Jane Morton As the earth heats up and tipping points pass, scientists are warning we risk the collapse of ecosystems and the deaths of billions of people. But our political system is broken, the mainstream media are not fully informing us about the dangers we face and our leaders are failing to protect us. It’s […]

Climate Anxiety – Coping Together

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As both our daily lives and the natural environment radically change what can Humanism offer? We will briefly clarify the history and meaning of humanism. Then the main focus of the event will be to discuss its relevance and connection to climate change, the anxiety that this can raise and explore how current times might […]

Is Morality Subjective or Objective? – Part 2 of 2

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Subjectivists about morality say that all of our moral judgments are about nothing more than our personal preferences. Objectivists, on the other hand, claim that our moral valuations are based on a human-independent realm of moral facts. Is there a way to reconcile these two opposing views? In this second part of a two-part series, […]

Ethics, Peace and Folly… Occam’s Razor and the New “Swiss Army Knife”

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Philip Wollen OAM Philip examines the challenges facing the environment and the existential threats to human and non-human survival. He draws on Economics, Environmental Science, Ethics, Human Rights, Theology, Law, Philosophy and Literature, concluding with a call on our Conscience, Character and Compassion for an “Ahimsan” (Non-Violent) world. Bio: Philip Wollen OAM, Australian of the […]

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Democracy in Our Time: A Useful Idea or Not? (Part 1 of 2)

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While democracy has widespread appeal, many consider it to be under threat. Dr Vince Giuca will open this discussion by asking what is 'democracy', teasing out the implications of 'rule of the people' — an amorphous concept for some who ask whether it is meaningless and should be abandoned altogether. This will be followed with […]

Helping Rainbow Refugees in Kenya

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Humanists Victoria is proud to host this event for World Refugee Day, 20 June. This event is endorsed by Rainbow Atheists. Guest Speaker: Ian Seal from Many Coloured Sky Zoom meeting Saturday 20 June 2020 at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. All welcome. What is life like for LGBT refugees in Kenya? What are their […]

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Challenges for a settled society in a Post COVID19 era with 10%+ unemployment

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Simon McKeon Join Simon McKeon AO in conversation with Dr Paul Tonson of Humanists Victoria regarding the implications of a future presenting many difficulties, especially for those at the bottom of society’s pecking order. Bio: Simon is an Australian lawyer, philanthropist and yachtsman. He brings his experience as a senior executive at Macquarie Group and […]

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Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

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Join fellow humanists to discuss how we can ‘get comfortable with being uncomfortable’. Human beings tend to find uncertainty a very uncomfortable space to be! As humanists, we frequently find ourselves in that uncomfortable space. Many turn to religion and the supernatural to provide them with certainty. But we know there is much about which […]

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Democracy in Our Time: Is It Worth Defending? (Part 2 of 2)

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Dr Vince Giuca Recently, there has been a plethora of books and articles on the topic of democracy's demise. We find authors who point to a number of countries that are moving towards authoritarian rule (such as America, Hungary, Turkey and the Philippines), while others argue that, despite these exceptions, democracy is alive and well. […]

Ducks are People Too

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David Mould Join animal activist, David Mould, in this discussion with Paul Tonson, Humanists Victoria member. For some years, David has been at the forefront of a group that wants to see duck shooting outlawed in Victoria, as it is in other States. To this end, David has been willing to challenge duck shooters on […]

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Australian Humanist of the Year 2020

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Fiona Patten MP Fiona Patten will receive the award of Australian Humanist of the Year 2020 from Council of Australian Humanist Society's President, Mary-Anne Cosgrove. In recognition of her energetic work in the Victorian parliament, driving liberal reforms by appealing to reasoned evidence and using pragmatic consultation to overcome long-standing prejudice. Her achievements in leading […]

Food, glorious food – eating safely for planetary health and your own

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Image courtesy of Free To Use Sounds on Unsplash If you are interested in following up the Humanists Victoria talk in May by Philip Wollen of the Kindness Trust or the extended conversation with David Mould on 23 June, or merely wanting to share your thoughts about being vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian, join Jennie Stuart […]

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