Calgary Discussions and Debates

This is a meetup of great people to talk about current events, science, literature, whatever.

Bring your thinking cap because debate is sure to ensue!!

Can't wait to see you all there!

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  • farnaz

    It was really nice meeting everyone. Sorry for arriving late.
    I enjoyed the conversations very much and can't wait for the next meetup. Kudos to Sean for starting the group!

    I checked with the Eau Claire Market community space and it is confirmed that it is free to book. You can find the info here too:
    http://www.eauclairemarket.com/dir-community-space.asp

    I left them a message and asked to get back to me. Sean, should we give it a try for the next meetup? Let me know if you want me to book it for the next meeting.

    Thanks again.

    March 29, 2013

    • farnaz

      Here is another one:
      Wave Coffee House. 17 Ave & 9 st.
      Fits up to 20 ppl.
      Free for the first 2 hours and $25/hour afterwards.
      We could use it for small meetings.

      1 · March 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Waves at 17 Ave and 9a St recently changed their policy and are now charging $25/hr

      April 11, 2013

  • Sean

    Such bright people. It always amazes me. Thank you all!

    March 29, 2013

  • Cherisse

    Fun, as always!

    March 29, 2013

  • Aaron T

    Sorry I can't make it tonight, I'm ridden with disease. It's unfortunate - I'd love to inflict some cheap shots in what promises to be an exciting conversation.

    March 28, 2013

  • James

    I find the "mess with Christians" statement problematic Andy. Intellectualism is about trying to see and value multiple views. We have to find value in differing views and tolerate or at least understand where others come from. Marx said religion is the "opiate of the masses" and while I agree with this in part, I cannot at the same time say it serves no purpose in the lives of some people or society as a whole. And while I can agree to disagree with folks on issues, I at least try to understand how others might feel and find value in their perspective. Organized religion may not be for me, but it is for some people, and as a result, I must find value in it as a humanist IMO. So maybe I shouldn't come on Thursday if my views are not acceptable, because I don't want to attend a group where "messing with Christians" is the modus operandi. I'd like to hear what others think regarding this issue. Thanks, James (Brad) Hale

    March 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Definitely said in jest - no one 'messes' with Christians and I think most believe that people should be free to believe what they like and not inflict those beliefs on others. You can just check it out and see what you think...

      March 27, 2013

    • Aaron T

      I still hate giving religion too much freedom from critique. Yes, some of you have families that are religious and love you, but mine isn't one of them. I always hear, "you only care about religion because of your upbringing." Well yes, but that's like saying, "you only care about racism/gender equality, because you're a racial minority/female." Does this excuse an indifference to the subject? "but it gives people comfort and hope..." well I don't see atheist Europe keeling over from hopelessness and despair. When someone pulls out a ridiculous, racially charged comment, I don't destroy them as a person on the spot, no, I go home and tear the comment to pieces around my friends and family; that's just our informal way of molding acceptable boundaries among our spheres of influence. My point being, our group of secular humanists who just so happen to meet once a month to discuss and debate these issues, seems to be the perfect place for one to bring up taboo subjects like religion...

      March 28, 2013

  • Rick P

    Called into work at last min so I'll have to bow out

    March 28, 2013

  • Sean

    We must remember to discuss the evolution of sex as we never came to anything that resembled consensus on that one. It was a good talk as well.

    March 1, 2013

  • cameron h.

    This won't be helpful... but why just mess with the Christians? Ok... jumping for cover now! Seriously though, we really have to engage in respectful discourse; especially given we are the minority, and most of us have great affection for our supernatural believing friends and family.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • Judy T

    While I agree with James as well, I don't feel that Andy meant the comment seriously. Unfortunately, the "joke" fell flat and it just underscores how contentious the whole issue of religion actually is. Hopefully, we can just let this go. I've really enjoyed the discussions we have had and am looking forward to some more intellectually stimulating debates tomorrow.

    March 27, 2013

  • Larissa K.

    I completely agree with James. Dismissing religion completely makes one as narrow minded as the religious fundamentalists.

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • MaryLou

    A higgs-boson particle walks up to a catholic church. The priest stops him at the door and says, "i'm sorry, you can't participate in our service today.". The higgs-boson particle says, "WHAT! You can't have mass without me!"

    3 · March 21, 2013

    • Sean

      GROAN! :)

      March 21, 2013

  • Tyler S.

    This is my first time out to a secular meeting in Calgary, I'm ├╝ber excited to meet some rational heretics !

    March 18, 2013

    • Sean

      I'm super excited to have you join us. It's really a good time had by all...I think. :)

      March 18, 2013

    • MaryLou

      Welcome Tyler! Ya, it's usually fun and there's only a coupla' weird ones you need to watch out for ;0) ...the seat next to me is almost always free lol...

      1 · March 18, 2013

  • Gregory Peter C.

    Out of town

    March 16, 2013

  • Larissa K.

    I enjoyed last night's discussion and am looking forward to the next one.

    March 1, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Since the topic of climate change came up I thought I'd point interested people at this link.
    http://bravenewclimate.com/

    1 · February 28, 2013

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