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Bring your thinking cap because debate is sure to ensue!!
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0 · September 30, 2014
0 · October 11
There you have it. Be careful what you wish for. Enjoy your feMANism.
0 · December 11
1 · October 12
secular humanismn.1. An outlook or philosophy that advocates human rather than religious values.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language-------------------------------------------------------------------------------sec′ular hu′manism n. any set of beliefs that promotes human values without specific allusion to religious doctrines.
sec′ular hu′manist, n.
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Thesaurus Legend: Noun1.secular humanism - the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernaturalhumanism
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
1 · September 30, 2014
Yes, but what are "human values"? Seems as awkward to define as "morality", which I define as 'empathy mitigated by considered consequences'. How would I feel if...what should/could I do about it....and what might be the fallout (as far as I can see)?
We are a secular humanist group. Atheism is part of that but we are a bag of mixed nuts! :)
a·the·ism n.1. Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.2. The doctrine that there is no God or gods.
***************************************************************If any of you want to define yourselves as any particular TYPE of atheist, the links below will either help or confuse you enough to send you back to church! Hahaha!
Six Degrees of Atheismhttps://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/4229/six-degrees-of-atheism
Dawkins 7 Point Scalehttp://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/dawkins-7-point-scale/
Different Types of Atheismhttp://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/different-types-of-atheism.html
17 Kinds of Atheismhttp://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=6487
2 · September 30, 2014
Following up on our discussion on soft, hard, strong, militant, whatever, Atheists, I think Sam Harris puts it a bit more eloquently than I can in this YouTube video;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ncnh-MLG5Y It is a 40 minute video but worth taking the time.
Atheism is not a philosophy; it is simply not believing in a magic being! Overall individual philosophies on life will vary but we all carry much the same non-belief a god or group of gods.
Again, this is where I feel the term atheist is very limiting. While, I believe, most of us advocate the use of reason in our lives, I am sure some of us still suspend reason in some areas and, follow horoscopes, have lucky routines, trust divining or dowsing (witching for water), etc.
But, as a group, we tend to agree there is no evidence for any god. I think if we advocate 'Reason' in our lives, non-belief in fairy tales becomes a natural result; as our ability to reason developed, we lost Santa and the Tooth Fairy!
What's the topic this week?
0 · September 24, 2014
We'll see how many we have tonight and if we have enough we'll try the for-against with a topic again. I don't want to give too much time to prepare though, that would be unfair.
0 · September 25, 2014
I'm FOR that ... but alas, I cannot make it tonight. Have a great time everybody! See you next month!
Tom we missed ya and the name tags yesterday! Without ya'll it was chaos! Hope all is well!
2 · September 26, 2014
We did miss you, Tom! :D
0 · September 28, 2014
I'm sorry guys and girls. I was tired and lacked focus. As a result things really just got away from me. Must do better in the future.
Thank you everyone for attending!
0 · September 26, 2014
It was a fine meetup, I had lotsa' fun despite your poor performance ;0) Facilitating only goes so far anyway ... it is also up to each of us to have manners and give everyone an opportunity to contribute, listen, stay on topic etc. (including author of this post)
TOTALLY Sean's fault! ;)
1 · September 26, 2014
We might have to clone you, Sean - or get you an assistant moderator!
I enjoyed the discussions and meeting the members
Feminism for men http://www.upworthy.com/watch-a-noted-male-feminist-discover-women-who-are-against-feminism?c=upw1
When you spoke about attraction and fear last night it reminded me of this clip. Hope you enjoy it! :) https://www.youtube.co...
It defied definition! :)
Great meetup, interesting ideas, great people.
How late do you think it'll go - I would like to join but likely couldn't be there til 8
9 + after at a pub
1 · September 25, 2014
We'll still be here.
I'd like to discuss the UN Security Council resolutions re: dealing with ISIS and government intonations that ISIS is not "Islamic".
Suggested topic: survivalism in a TEOTWAWKI scenario ... what would/should heathens do?
3 · September 25, 2014
That's awesome! You phrased it really well. Some issues I could see discussing are: how detrimental would religious or faith-based thinking, versus rational or evidenced-based thinking, be in emergency situations on an individual, group, or societal level; how would heathens communicate with each other to group together and avoid being rounded up by the righteous if the electrical and communication grids were shut down by, for example, extreme natural disasters, massive solar flares, or cyberterrorism; how could atheists rise in power and influence on a global level to affect policy and decision given a long term delayed TEOTWAWKI scenario, such as an asteroid or comet strike, and how could such a thought experiment offer a framework for how atheists might progress in affecting such a global change now.
Some interesting and informative links about this topic, which, for those who haven't googled it yet, is about TEOTWAWKI - the end of the world as we know it - "tot/wa/key" ;http://survivalcache....http://www.thesurviva...http://en.m.wikipedia...http://m.youtube.com/...http://www.thesurviva...
I try to avoid any real nutso survivalist sites, and try to find information that is practical for even lesser emergency situations, such as seasonal emergencies like protracted freezing weather and ice/snow storms, or flooding (hello, Calgary?).
Or Zombie attacks (hello, Calgary Stampede?).
TEOTWAWKI hmm, that could be an interesting subject.
I would love to go but this meetup happens on the exact same date and time as the Philosophy Meetup.
0 · September 2, 2014
So ditch that one! Just my philosophy...Hahaha!
4 · September 24, 2014
Haha, that's very punny, Cindi!
2 · September 24, 2014
Discussing tired old Descartes's Discourse on the Method versus Apocalyptic Survival Strategies? I know which one I would pick! (No offense to you, or Monsieur Descartes, although his philosophical work never did reach the same level of sophistication and impact as his mathematical contributions.) 나중에 보자.
Just interested in listening to some live discussion. Former CFCN photographer and high school SS teacher
Sorry, I won't be able to attend this meetup.
0 · September 15, 2014
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