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April 22th/2016

April 22, 2016
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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.

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By reprimanding the victims of these attacks, and doing little to bring the killers to justice, the Bangladesh government is abandoning its commitments and implicitly encouraging the killings to continue. And in doing so, it is putting the very future of the country as a pluralistic democracy at grave risk.

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Upcoming Events

CFI Canada proudly presents A Talk From Dr. Ben GoldacreSunday May 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave (just south of Bloor). Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specializes in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more.

The Studio at West Hill presents, Michael George in Concert; You are invited to join us for a special evening of music dedicated to the celebration of the right to freedom of expression. Michael George in a rare concert to raise funds for asylum seekers. May 7, 8pm at West Hill United This is a fundraising concert to benefit asylum seekers who fled their country where religious extremism threatened their lives.

  • April 25th, Toronto: CFIC T.O. – Science & Philosophy Book ClubHosted by CFI Canada member Christine Gagnon, the goal is to provide a friendly, free-thinking environment in which to discuss books that inspire rewarding conversation on subjects related to science and philosophy. This month’s selection: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • May 1st, Toronto: CFIC T.O. Atheists & Friends Sunday MeetupCFIC 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!
  • May21st, 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
  • CFI Ottawa Living without Religion; This support group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month, 12:30 pm, at the Fox and Feather Pub
  • CFI Ottawa UnSermon; Sunday afternoons (12:30 pm), meet and share your ideas with Atheists, Freethinkers, and Humanists from the Ottawa area.
  • CFI Calgary Skeptics in The PubThis group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Join us for drinks, discussion, and debate about all science and skeptical topics
  • 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.

Did you know the best place to find out about CFI Calgary events is on Meetup.com? It’s free to join and you will never miss hearing about a local Calgary event. Join over 1000 Calgarians who use Meetup to hear about, RSVP and comment on our events.

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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

“We are in the realm of palm reading and horoscopes here, not science”

  • Why did birds live when dinosaurs died? Today’s birds dodged extinction, the researchers say, because their ancestors were equipped with toothless beaks that helped them dine on seeds when other sources of food went up in flames.

Wishful Thinking and Superstition/Religion

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Calendar of upcoming scientific conferences

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CALLING ALL NON-BELIEVERS . . . COME OUT OF THE CLOSET!

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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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Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

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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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  1. Bell permalink
    April 22, 2016 2:17 PM

    Upcoming event: Ancestor’s Trail Hike, June 26, 2016, Mississagua, Ontario Sponsored by Halton-Peel Humanist Community

    See http://ancestorstrail.ca for more details.

    Originally this hike was conceived as a walk back in time (as described in the book ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’ by Richard Dawkins and inspired by the UK event) from the current time of Humanity going back to the common ancestor’s with various other life forms to the origin of multicellular progenitors of animal life around a billion years ago and beyond to the beginning of life on earth some 3.5 billion years ago. )

    However we now start at Erindale Park with the dawn of multicellular life and head up the Culham Trail in Mississauga to the current time of prolific Humanity in the park at the end of PineCliff Drive, mostly hiking along the Credit River.

    The entire hike at a gingerly pace of approximately 3-4 km per hour will take about 3-4 hours. It may take longer with stops along the way to learn about the various key evolutionary splits and events like the five major extinctions and our common ancestry with existing species. There will be rest & refreshments stops and check-points where participants can get their passports stamped while discussing specific issues on evolution and species in distress.

    Along the way, the ‘metazoan algae’ who start at Erindale Park will give rise to other life forms as they develop along their unique evolutionary pathways to occupy all the available niches we find them in today.

    The detailed trail has been plotted on StepWhere with details (click here for the Cue Sheet) of events and rendezvous along the way.

    Although life on earth has existed for over 3.5 billion years, we will only be walking the last BILLION YEARS (12.5k) from the dawn of multicellular life in Erindale Park to end with a picnic event and barbeque celebrating our Humanity at PineCliff Drive Park. At this pace, every stride you take represents 60,000 years of geological time!

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