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CFI Critical Links August 14/2015

August 14, 2015
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CFI Canada’s mission is to provide education and training to the public in the application of skeptical, secular, rational and humanistic inquiry through conferences, symposia, lectures, published works and the maintenance of a library.

News and Updates

A one-week fundraiser auction to benefit Under the Same Sun, a Canadian charity devoted to helping Africans with albinism who have been persecuted and even killed for magical beliefs. With nearly 50 items for auction and raffle including autographed books, art, skeptic-related merchandise, and other collectibles, there’s something for just about everyone. Ken Frazier, Eric at CFI-Canada, and others have kindly donated items for the auction. 100% of proceeds go directly to the charity.

Canada’s election in October has become yet another event shaping the seven-year saga of the Keystone XL pipeline, one that may lead the Obama administration to delay announcing a decision to approve or reject the $8-billion project.

“The reaction has been horror, to be honest. My colleagues across the country have been mystified as to how this decision would be taken when they were not specifically consulted.”

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Upcoming Events

  • Sept 6th, Toronto: Come one, come all, to the CFIC T.O. Atheists and Friends meetupthis and every first Sunday of the month.
  • Sept 11th, Toronto: Every second Monday, CFIC T.O. – Living Without Religion– The group discusses past and present religious issues and looks at a positive life free of guilt, fear and shame. While the group is still dedicated to dealing with problems and issues revolving around religion, it is also a place for those interested in exploring larger issues in a non-judgmental welcoming atmosphere.
  • August 14th, Toronto: (second Friday of each month), CFIC T.O. : Board Games Night! Join us for an evening of relaxing and thinking fun as we mostly play classic and strategy board games, and partake in trivia. Sometimes even charades, jai alai, Octopush – whatever strikes our fancy.  Feel free to bring your own games to share. You could even just come and hang out on the comfy-chairs with like-minded folks for a little more conversation and a little less action. – 
  • August 15th, Toronto: (Every third Saturday of the month) Come one, come all to CFI Ontario’s Cafe Skeptique, a fun and fascinating discussion group that focuses on a range of topics within the realm of skepticism such as pseudo-science, alternative medicine, conspiracy theories, etc. It’s open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in! See you all at Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. just west of Spadina Ave
  • August 31st, Toronto: Every last Monday of the month, everyone is welcome to attend the Science & Philosophy Book Club, where we provide a friendly, free-thinking environment to discuss books that inspire rewarding conversation on subjects related to science and philosophy. This month we discuss  The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty by Dr. Baron-Cohen

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  • August 24th, OkanaganSecular Social. Now every second and fourth Monday of the month! Come to the pub and hang out with other skeptics and freethinkers. Mission Tap House and Grill, 3110 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna. If you don’t recognize anyone, look for the table with the CFI sign.
  • September 19 & 20: River City Reasonfest in Manitoba October 17-18: Society of Edmonton Atheists is hosting  a secular conference 
  • November 25-27: Canadian Science Policy Centre Conference

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Karla’s Atheist Breast Cancer Support Facebook group is now available. It’s private so you have to ask to join. Say you are an atheist with breast cancer and Karla will approve your request.

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          Let us know if you have an activity you’d like to share!

Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry

QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.

CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.

Science, Medicine, and Ethics News

“Having a later stage of water on Mars is probably a good thing for the potential for life on that planet because it gave life more time to be conceived. There was life on Earth when this lake was active so by that analogy, we can say there’s potential that Mars had microbial life and this was a great place where it could have resided.”

Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion

Raëlians believe that we were created not by evolution or a single God, but by a species of aliens called Elohim. Elohim is a Hebrew word for “God” or “gods,” but Raëlians don’t believe in gods, necessarily, as Elohim made humans using science. Elohim also created the Earth in the same way—not through magic but with science, using methods such as terraforming and genetic engineering.

And Lastly…

 

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