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.
Centre For Inquiry Canada (CFIC) congratulates CFI (US) and the Richard Dawkins Foundation For Science and Reason on their recent merger and resolution of leadership transition, including the appointment of Robyn Blumner as President and CEO of the newly merged entity; CFIC also expresses its appreciation and best wishes to Ron Lindsay as he retires from his leadership role.
When religious leaders use the power of the pulpit to perpetuate misinformation and spread fear, it is our children who suffer the most. When Bishop Henry calls LGBTQ inclusion in schools a “madness,” which he describes as a form of “narrow-minded anti-Catholic ideology,” it only serves to reinforce the message of a vengeful God who would cast LGBTQ youth out of their schools and homes.
- Indigenous children on reserves face discrimination from Ottawa, tribunal rules; The federal government discriminated against tens of thousands of vulnerable First Nations children by providing less money for welfare services on reserves than is available elsewhere in Canada, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled in groundbreaking case that was launched nearly nine years ago.
- Researchers study motivations of parents who refuse to vaccinate children; Pilot study investigates why parents choose not to vaccinate and why many do not to disclose that their children aren’t immunised, potentially putting others at risk
- Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back); Ingrained cognitive biases play a role, as does inverted snobbery about educational privilege. But we must battle on
- 2015: The Hottest Year on Record; No matter how you slice it, how you analyze it, last year was by far the hottest year on record
- Feb 14th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. Atheists & Friends Sunday Meetup. CFIC Toronto Atheists & Friends Sunday Meetup is a fun discussion group focusing on a range of topics within the realm of Atheism. They’re open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in!
- Feb 20th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. – Cafe Skeptique at Free Times Cafe. A 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! For the monthly topic please check at: meetup.com
- Feb 29th, Toronto; CFIC T.O. – Science & Philosophy Book Club. Febuary’s book selection: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel
- February 26, Ottawa; Biologist and best-selling author Jerry Coyne explains why any attempt to make religion compatible with science is doomed to fail. (7:30 pm Centrepointe Chamber 101 Centrepointe Dr. Ottawa)
- CFI Ottawa UnSermon; Saturday afternoons (12:30 pm), meet and share your ideas with Atheists, Freethinkers, and Humanists from the Ottawa area.
- CFI Calgary Skeptics in The Pub: This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for drinks, discussion, and debate about all science and skeptical topics
- Okanagan – Secular 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.
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Faith-Based Violence and Bigotry
CFIC continues to monitor, document and condemn faith based violence and bigotry around the world.
Science, Medicine, and Ethics News
In open, treeless habitats, where zebras tend to spend most of their time, the researchers found that lions could see the outline of striped zebras just as easily as they could see similar-sized prey with fairly solid-colored hides, such as waterbuck and topi, and the smaller impala. It had been earlier suggested that the striping might disrupt the outline of zebras on the plains, where they might otherwise be clearly visible to their predators.
- Hunter-gatherer massacre suggests groups of humans waged war earlier than we thought; We have discovered the oldest known case of violence between two groups of hunter gatherers took place there, with ten excavated skeletons showing evidence of having been killed with both sharp and blunt weapons.
- What Science Is — and How and Why It Works (Neil deGrasse Tyson)-
Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.
Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion
The four women convicted for killing their 14-year-old relative by pulling her intestines through her vagina are not remorseful for their actions, the Durban High Court heard yesterday. The accused were unrepentant and were instead blaming the “dark cloud and demonic spirits” that had descended over them when they committed the murder.
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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Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.- Neil deGrasse Tyson
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