March 2017 – The Flight From Reason

Resources use for this meeting: Discussion Outline (pdf); National Post column by Joseph Heath, an excerpt from his book Enlightenment 2.0; Guardian video of Daniel Kahneman, discussing about the cognitive biases that affect our decision-making, from his book Thinking, Fast and Slow; Cognitive...

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March 2016 – Creationism in BC Schools

A fine presentation by Scott Goodman and discussion about creationism, providing a good introduction to (or refresher on) the subject prior to the upcoming special presentation by Professor James Linville, Department of Religious Studies, University of Lethbridge, entitled Each After Its Own Kind – how Creationist Museums are not all created equal. From the New...

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Each After Its Own Kind – how Creationist Museums are not all created equal

There are about 3 dozen Creation Museums in North America with a handful of others scattered around the globe. Many predate the large Answers in Genesis facility in northern Kentucky and a number more are in the planning or construction stage. While Christian young earth creationists are united on certain key doctrinal and social perspectives, the museums themselves vary...

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Feb 2016 – Should BC schools adopt Quebec’s Ethics and Religious Culture curriculum?

Should BC schools implement a formal program of study of religion in our culture, perhaps using Quebec’s as a model? While gaining knowledge of various religions and their place in the culture would seem to be a good thing, objections were raised: associating a study of ethics with the study of religion; the possibility that non-religious worldviews would not be...

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Jan 2016 – Ethical Decision Making

Ethics is at the heart of humanism, so this was a good opportunity to look at how we make ethical decisions. Using the difficult issue of assisted dying (a hot topic in Canada right now with federal legislation pending and Quebec having recently introduced their own), we looked at five criteria for evaluating a course of action: utilitarian – what does the most...

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Nov 2015 – Developments in brain research and their societal implications

Special guest – John Marton, North Island College Psychology instructor. Topics covered included  – neuron development; brain plasticity; memory; research tools (fMRI); consciousness; fetal stress impact; meditation; ‘spiritual’ experience following temporal lobe damage; degree to which brain research can explain ‘human nature’;...

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