SkeptiCamp 2016

A reminder for the upcoming SkeptiCamp event

Skepticamp is a grass roots and informal ‘unconference’ for people interested in engaging in critical thinking and science-based skepticism. UMSS is helping to organise it to coincide with the Australian Skeptics National Convention that will be on the same weekend at the University of Melbourne.

Again, if you or someone you know might be interested in bringing what you know about something to bear, get in touch with UMSS President James Fodor at Fods12@gmail.com.

Potential topics are quite broad, ut any topic related to science, philosophy, skepticism, or critical thinking, and can be as simple as a story of applying some new fact or argument you learnt that changed the way you, or someone you know, used to do something.

Attend the event online:
https://www.facebook.com/events/914428628702051/

  • When: Old Arts-155 (Theatre D)
  • Where: 9am to 6pm, Friday 25th November

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This Week: Evaluating Philosopher David Hume

At this event guest speaker Tom Larsen will discuss David Hume’s arguments against miracles. Beginning with outlining the historical context to Hume’s essay on miracles, Tom will discuss both Hume’s general and specific objections to identifying miracles, and provide a critical evaluation of these arguments, esp. drawing on some of the historical respondents to Hume (Adams, Campbell, Douglas, Leland, Paley) as well as some contemporary respondents. Questions and discussions will follow the main presentation. People of all worldviews are welcome.

Attend the event online:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1743344735926793/

About our speaker:
Tom Larsen is a past vice-president of Christian Union at Monash University. He is particularly interested in the intersection of computer science, psychology, and education, using software to optimise human learning, the history and philosophy of science, and historical works on the evidences of Christianity. He has participated in public debates on the evidences of Christianity at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

  • when: Tuesday 4th, 1200-1400
  • where: Redmond Barry-625

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SkeptiCamp: Contribute Your Story!

Skepticamp is a grass roots and informal ‘unconference’ for people interested in engaging in critical thinking and science-based skepticism. UMSS is helping to organise it to coincide with the Australian Skeptics National Convention that will be on the same weekend at the University of Melbourne.

Anyone interested in presenting a talk or workshop about any topic related to science, philosophy, skepticism, or critical thinking is invited and welcome to contact the club, or email UMSS President James Fodor at Fods12@gmail.com.

Potential topics are quite broad, and can be as simple as a story of applying some new fact or argument you learnt that changed the way you, or someone you know, used to do something.

  • when: Friday 25th November
  • where: Melbourne University Campus

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Rationalist and Secularist House Party

For this weeks event:

This Wednesday, the Rationalist Association of Monash and University of Melbourne Secular Society are having a joint event

Secular Society Club President James Fodor to talk about consensus and how it should inform our beliefs.

If anyone needs a pick up from, or drop off to Clayton station then we will have a car or two helping with transit. A map will also be provided on the night.

Members of RAM and UMSS welcome freely, as are +1s

Attend the event online:
https://www.facebook.com/events/309526276081643/
(member access to the Facebook link only)

  • when: Wednesday 28th 1700 – 2300
  • where: Unit 5, 15 Fregon Road, Clayton

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God and Cosmology

This week we’ll have a brief presentation about some of the latest findings related to the big bang theory, cosmology, and the early universe, as well as some of the related philosophical and theological issues these findings raise. They’ll also be plenty of time for questions, discussion, and sharing of ideas. Come along for an interesting and enjoyable time

Attend the event online:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1115935971823208/

  • when: Tuesday 13th, 1200-1400
  • where: Redmond Barry-615

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Secular Society 2016 Annual General Meeting

Fellow secularists,
In week 6 we will be holding our Annual General Meeting, the single most important event of the year in which we review the club’s performance over the past year and elect a new committee.
Details for the AGM are as follows:

Time: 12:15pm on Tuesday 30th August
Place: Graham Cornish A, Union House
Food: Free pizza!

Attend the event online:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1777878215824773/

The agenda for the meeting is attached to this email. We need to reach quorum of 20 people in order to stay affiliated with the student union, so we really appreciate everyone able to take the time to come along. We also encourage anyone who may be interested to consider nominating themselves for a position on the new committee. The positions available can be seen in the attached document. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience with clubs – we are keen to have anyone on board who is enthusiastic about helping the club!

At this particular Annual General Meeting we will also consider an amendment to the constitution, appending a new section outlining grievance procedures, thereby ensuring our constitution is compliant with new Student Union guidelines. The full text of this proposed amendment can be found in the attached file.

If you have any questions please feel free to reply to this email, or message the committee on the facebook group.
See you at the AGM!

Regards,
The UMSS Committee

Visions for a Secular Australia: An Atheist and a Christian Debate

Visions for a Secular Australia: An Atheist and a Christian Debate

JOINT EVENT THURSDAY EVENING WITH CHRISTIAN UNION

A secular society, that is, at least, one where government is not unduly entangled with religion, is widely seen as a good and healthy thing for Australia. But what should it mean for a country to be secular? And on what foundations would such a society be hinged? As debates continue to rage around the place of religious instruction or chaplaincy programs in the education system or the tax status of churches, we invite you to an evening of debate and discussion where atheist and Christian alike can seek to come to grips with the roots of these controversies.
Speakers: James Fodor (Atheist) Rob Miller (Christian)

Attend the event online:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1771904833094941/

  • when: Thursday 18th, 1800-2100
  • where: Griffin Gallery, 1888 Building, Melbourne University

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Rationality Workshop

Week 2 Event

Join us for an introduction to some of the key concepts and skills of thinking critically. In this engaging session we’ll consider some practical examples from advertising and the media, with an emphasis on how to critically analyse information that is presented to us. There will be free pizza! Everyone welcome!

Join the event online:
https://www.facebook.com/events/106335116447474/

  • when: Tuesday 2nd of August, 1200-1400
  • where: Redmond Barry-615

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Discussion: What is Secularism?

First Event of Second Semester, 2016

Join us for a discussion about the relationship between government and religion, including topical political and social issues concerning the interplay between church and state in contemporary Australia. There will be a short talk followed by discussion, with free pizza! Everyone welcome.

Join the Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/992272567551882/

  • when: Tuesday 26th, 1200 – 1400
  • where: Redmond Barry-615

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Science vs Christianity: When Ideologies Collide

Science vs Christianity: When Ideologies Collide

This week James Fodor (Atheist) will engage in a cordial but lively discussion with Moshe Jasper (Christian) on the subject of science and Christianity. Topics covered will include whether there is an essential conflict between science and the church, the relationship between faith and reason, and how different worldviews shape one’s approach to the search for knowledge. Moderated by Michael Rixon, there will be plenty of time for audience questions and engagement. To top it off, there will also be free pizza! Join us for what will be a stimulating and robust exploration of these important questions.

Attend the event online:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1702975359948190/

  • when: 10th May, 1200-1400
  • where: Old Arts Theatre C

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