June 2018 – Restorative Justice

Some links to Restorative Justice information provided by the presenter: – Community Justice Centre – Community Justice Initiatives Association – Centre for Restorative Justice, SFU – Heartspeak...

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May 2018 – The Flight From Reason, part 2

From the presenter: Climate Change, Gun Control (or lack thereof), Pipelines, Vaccinations, Nuclear War, etc. -These are potential risks to us all. Yet, DESPITE EXACTLY THE SAME FACTUAL INFORMATION BEING AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE, different groups arrive at vastly different conclusions about the degree of risk presented by these issues. It seems plausible that the actual...

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April 2018 – Proportional Representation vs 1st Past the Post

A presentation given by a representative of fairvote.bc promoting the move to proportional representation. Discussion, including recommendation of http://aceproject.org/ace-en/topics/es/default as for reference...

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March 2018 – Science and Pseudoscience

Reference material used during presentation by Joel Kositsky, and discussion: Distinguishing Science and Pseudoscience – Rory Coker, Ph.D. Science as Falsification – Karl Popper The Dangers of Pseudoscience – M. Pigliucci and M. Boudry Here are also some personal thoughts on Science vs. Pseudoscience Science Tendencies   –   vs. ...

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February 2018 – Virtuous Living

Reference Material used during presentation and discussion: The courage of Hans and Sophie Scholl Benjamin Franklin’s self-guide to virtuous living About Ursula LeGuin Simonides on being good enough Christian conservative views equating atheism with immorality A somewhat more liberal Christian assessment A rebuttal Advice to the young Secular Morality Deontological...

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September 2017 – Neil Postman – Amusing Ourselves to Death

A discussion of two of Neil Postman’s books: (all book title links are to Amazon.ca) Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985), which, in its analysis of the effect of television on the degradation of public discourse in the USA, starkly foreshadowed the arguably sorry state of American politics and culture today. Postman’s premise is that television’s inherent...

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