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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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  • William S.

    Lots of hate promoters out there to take up the cause for Phelps!

    April 1, 2014

    • William S.

      Yes the presentations are getting posted so I expect this last one, Transcending Our Origins: Violence, Humanity, and the Future, will get posted in the coming weeks. I think the ASU site will be a good one to follow.

      April 10, 2014

    • Greg P.

      magic shows and everything

      April 10, 2014

  • Cindi D.

    Nate Phelps - Leaving Hate Behind
    MRU, March 20th

    March 30, 2014

  • Greg P.

    "It's a sad fact that people won't trust their own valuing of their numinous experiences."
    - Daniel Dennett

    2 · March 30, 2014

  • William S.

    Just a bit more hate, perhaps not as abrupt as Phelps but............

    2 · March 29, 2014

    • William S.

      Oh ya, but he follows the bible!!! The old and new testaments!

      1 · March 29, 2014

    • Angelica N.

      Cover to cover, he said ... really? How can a person read from cover to cover and not see the book for what it is: a collection of writings of misogynistic desert dwellers, who back at that time had the most money and time to write. Back then only those with money had access to education via tutoring, they could afford to buy the then expensive parchment and ink and had the time to sit, contemplate, and write - while others tended to them. I wish I could talk to my close ones about these things without being ostracized for not conforming to what I was taught, but ever since I understood how the book was put together, I came to realize how wrong I was to take the "scriptures" as a holy book. I'm glad I left all that behind ... I'm FREE! :D

      2 · March 30, 2014

  • Cindi D.

    Link to one of Jane Elliot's racism experiments:

    2 · March 28, 2014

  • Cindi D.

    Here is an quick article discussing the potential connection between homosexuality and population control. I have no idea if there have been any reputable studies done yet that strengthen the hypothesis, but it is an interesting concept.

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Lori L

    Here's a link to the Skeptoid episode regarding the Stanford Prison experiment -

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Aaron T

      Thanks Lori. Always love a good Skeptoid episode.

      March 28, 2014

  • Darren N.

    Hi, great meetup. Was wonderful to meet like minded people and discuss some very interesting and important topics. Everyone very friendly and encouraging. Looking forward to the next one.

    4 · March 28, 2014

  • William S.

    Thanks for the link Lori; Yes, even Zimbardo was self-critical in his book on this.
    1. His group, selected from the university study applicants, was not representative of the general population.
    2. He did get too involved and there certainly was confirmation bias; his girlfriend, another psychologist if I remember correctly, actually pointed out problems and talked him in to stopping it when he did. He later questioned the ethics of the study.

    I think the “John Wayne” character suggests that “Bad” character can emerge in some individuals in bad situations. Some of us can think it through and overcome those bad impulses; some cannot and act them out. People like Fred Phelps actually get bad behavior reinforced by their immediate group and also as the Times article states, by the US constitution!

    March 28, 2014

  • Frank K.

    Here is the link from out discussion tonight.

    March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will try to attend.

    March 27, 2014

  • Eliah B.

    Hi everyone I have not said yes or no as I am unsure.
    I will try but have been ill & work overnight. starting at 9:30. If up to it I will be there!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Matthew G.

    Fred Phelps died, what about his hatred? Do you think that he will become a martyr to the cause of religious intolerance or will he and his family and church be forgotten?

    March 21, 2014

    • Greg P.

      I'm hoping his death draws attention to who and what he was and gets people thinking about the error of his, and their, beliefs.

      March 24, 2014

    • Greg P.

      As they say, no press is bad press

      1 · March 24, 2014

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