April 2014 – “Godless” part 2

Last month we watched and discussed part 1 of the film “Godless,” about congregations of non-theist groups. This month it’s part 2, “Spreading the Word,” concerning the ability of such groups to make themselves known. The film content ranged from funny (the Center for Inquiry holding ‘de-baptisms’, complete with blow dryer and...

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Shades of Thinking with Ray Grigg

“Cogito ergo sum.” I think, therefore I am, as Descartes penned. We all think, but not in the same way. Wikipedia lists about 170 different thought processes. There are slide shows on the internet describing 10 different styles of thinking. Critical thinking is what everyone claims to be the process that gets us the answers we need. What do you think or, more...

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March 2014 – viewing “Godless”

The group watched part 1 of Moses Znaimer’s film Godless at this meeting. Created for Znaimer’s Vision TV cable channel, the film looks at some organizations that hold services similar to those in established churches, but reject theism – atheists in congregation. Asking, “Is atheism the next great religion?”, the film looks at: Jewish...

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Remembering Darwin’s Legacy

The evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin was born on February 12th 1809. Every February we mark his birthday as a worldwide celebration of his work, science and reason. Darwin was one of the first scientists to gather facts from biology, geology, anatomy, physics and chemistry to help us build a picture of where we come from. Since his time the amount and quality of...

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February 2014 – Where Do We Go From Here

The Comox Valley Humanists group was formed in November 2012.  Sixteen months on seems a good time to assess our progress and set directions.  The group’s originating vision of building a community for like-minded individuals, with a focus on education, support for community projects, and the exploration of humanism, has been achieved in part. We’ve had some...

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January 2014 – What Is Humanism, continued

Following on the theme of our November 2013 discussion, this session tackled the difficult job of finding commonality within a community of humanists. As often happens with open discussions on values, it fell short of its goal, though it did provide insight about how different people approach the idea of humanism. The introduction provided a good overview of humanism,...

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