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November 10, 2017
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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.

Quebec’s face-covering law heads for constitutional challenge; ‘These violations cannot be justified in Quebec’s free and democratic society,’ plaintiffs say

Top U.S. creationist’s invitation as keynote speaker for Alberta homeschooling convention draws fire; Alberta Home Education Association invited Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis ministry, which runs Creation Museum

Here’s Why Vaccines Are So Crucial; If children in poor countries got the shots that rich countries take for granted, hundreds of thousands of young lives could be saved.

Eighteen militiamen are on trial in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on charges of raping 46 children. Some of the victims from the village of Kavumu were just 18 months old. The men allegedly targeted young girls between 2013 and 2016 because a spiritual adviser told them that the blood of virgins would grant them supernatural protection.

Humans are still evolving—and we can watch it happen

Many people think evolution requires thousands or millions of years, but biologists know it can happen fast. Now, thanks to the genomic revolution, researchers can actually track the population-level genetic shifts that mark evolution in action—and they’re doing this in humans. Two studies presented at the Biology of Genomes meeting here last week show how our genomes have changed over centuries or decades, charting how since Roman times the British have evolved to be taller and fairer, and how just in the last generation the effect of a gene that favors cigarette smoking has dwindled in some groups.

Upcoming Events

Every Saturday, the Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT) meets to discuss a topic decided upon the previous week. These are topics of Humanist interest, from a Humanist perspective. Meet our diverse group, trade perspectives in a free and open forum and learn from others as they learn from you! Feel free to join the discussion late and come to lunch if that suits your availability better Time slot: 11 am – 1 pm every Saturday Address: 519 Church St. Community Center

  • Nov. 15th, Nov 29th Toronto: CFIC T.O. – Living Without Religion. Every 2 weeks on Wednesday, a place for people to share their desire to throw away the burden of religious indoctrination and antiquated dogma.
  • Dec. 3rd 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!
  • CFI Ottawa Living without Religion; This support group meets on the every Sunday of each month, 12 noon, at the Fox and Feather Pub
  • Ottawa Secular Chat, where people can drop in and discuss current events, politics, philosophy, etc. from an atheist/agnostic/skeptic/humanist perspective. Secular Chat meets every Sunday at 1:00 PM at the Fox and Feather Pub on Elgin Street.Sunday afternoons
  • 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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Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?

(Intelligence is not the same as critical thinking and the difference matters)

Calendar of upcoming scientific conferences

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

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A history of global living conditions in 5 charts

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Online Tools for Skeptical Fact Checking

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Critical Links is published every Tuesday And Friday

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