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Center for Inquiry–DC (CFI–DC) Message Board › Cafe Inquiry March Nominations Now Open

Cafe Inquiry March Nominations Now Open

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Jeff
user 7909990
Alexandria, VA
Post #: 4
Nominations for March's Cafe Inquiry topic are now open, and will be through the Sunday, February 7th. Anyone can nominate a topic, but please keep it relevant to the Center's mission statement (“The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.”). Also, nominations should consist of one single main question stated briefly in a sentence, with any supporting ideas in a brief paragraph of 2-4 additional sentences.

My topic nomination for this month concerns religion and environmentalism:

Scientist James Lovelock, evoking an ancient Greek earth goddess, used the term “Gaia” to depict the planet's web of climate, nature, and life as a complex system like a living being. Critics of the movie “Avatar” detect “pantheism” in its theme of natural interconnection. Is the green movement a new mystical religion, or does systems thinking simply focus on topics beyond the analytical methods traditionally used by science? Given the pending environmental crisis, should the human-centered (anthropocentric) worldview of humanism give way to the environment-centered (bio- or eco-centric) worldview of environmentalism?

Also remember, Nominations for the February 23 topic closes tomorrow and voting begins, so if you'd like to nominate a topic for February don't delay.

Cheers to all,

Jeff Zavadil, Cafe Inquiry Group Leader

"Because Inquiring Minds Want to Know"
Jeff
user 7909990
Alexandria, VA
Post #: 6
Due to Snowmaggedon 2010, and because there haven't been any other topic proposals, I'm going to extend the nomination period for one more week, until February 14th. Happy shoveling!

Jeff

Jeff Zavadil, Cafe Inquiry Group Leader

"Because Inquiring Minds Want to Know"
Dean
user 7472837
Reston, VA
Post #: 17
Due to Snowmaggedon 2010, and because there haven't been any other topic proposals, I'm going to extend the nomination period for one more week, until February 14th. Happy shoveling!

Jeff

Jeff Zavadil, Cafe Inquiry Group Leader

"Because Inquiring Minds Want to Know"

"Of all that is written, I love only what a man has written with his own blood."
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
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