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PLEASE NOTE: All in-person meetings have been suspended until further notice. We are continuing to meet virtually via Zoom teleconference - check the schedule for meetup details.


Centre for Inquiry Canada runs open and friendly events and discussions. Please help us to keep it that way!

CFIC wants to ensure that anyone attending our events and/or discussions is able to participate in them fully, and we are committed to providing a safe and hospitable environment for everyone, regardless of sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please notify an organizer or member of the leadership team and we will work to resolve the issue. (You can also reach us by email at cficanada@centreforinquiry.ca.)

The CFIC event organizers and leadership team reserve the right to remove anyone from an event if we deem their actions to be disruptive to the event and/or its participants.


Are There Limits To Free Inquiry? Where Do Values And Ethics Come From? Does Science Have All The Answers? Should Multicultural Rights Trump Universal Human Rights? You’ve Got Answers? We’ve Got Questions.

Centre for Inquiry Canada is the largest Freethought, Skeptic and Scientific Advocacy group in Canada. We operate through 10 branches across the Country and incorporate the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers in our daily mission to advance knowledge and education in all areas of human endeavor. - See more at: http://centreforinquiry.ca/about-us/ (http://centreforinquiry.ca/about-us/#sthash.kPK7LpNU.dpuf)

We have a variety of meetings and events - lectures, discussion groups, as well as social activities.

Please feel free to go ahead and suggest lectures, social activities and discussions if you think it would interest other members of this meetup. You do not need to be an organizer to do so.

We are a branch of CFI Canada (http://www.cficanada.ca/)

Upcoming events (4+)

Introduction to Social Psychology

Online event


For the summer, we have changed to biweekly meetings, from 9-11am EDT

Having completed the course "Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness", we are moving to our new series from EdX: Introduction to Social Psychology (https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-social-psychology)

Because the free version of this course will not be available after July 10, we will need to start this week, but will be viewing the lectures biweekly after this.

Course outline:
* Nonverbal communication
* The self
* Social cognition
* Attitudes
* Persuasion
* Prejudice and stereotyping
* Aggression and prosocial behaviour

As we have done in the past, we will be watching the course videos in Zoom, interspersed with moderated group discussion.

This meeting is presented as an online teleconference using Zoom. The link will be provided to those who RSVP.
If you have technical problems or questions, please email [masked], or post a message in the comments below.

CFIC-Ottawa's Secular Community Network is an intentional community working cooperatively to build a fair, inclusive and cohesive society through gaining knowledge and serving others.

Secularism Is For Everyone
■ We are a community of diverse people engaged in cooperative learning and collaboration opportunities, through community outreach and being of service to others.
■ We are a wide-ranging group of open-minded people who hold a variety of worldviews but together recognize our common humanity and value the learning that comes from respectful dialogue and disagreement.
■ As a secular group, we warmly welcome everyone interested in working towards our common goals; regardless of sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race or religion.
■ Simply put, we understand that the only way to build a fair, cohesive, and inclusive community is by ensuring equality and respect of diversity for all.—————————————————

Fusion – The Ultimate Energy Source

Online event

Fusion, the source of energy in our sun and stars, can provide the clean, sustainable base load energy required to power our future in electricity, heat and hydrogen for stationary and mobile applications. It offers the highest energy density and least waste processing as well as best energy payback ratio and life cycle assessment of all energy sources.

Progress continues in the various approaches to realizing fusion power and possible systems are likely to emerge in the 2030’s; this talk will highlight the underlying physics, progress and status of fusion development. Success will transform energy policy worldwide.

The talk will be followed by Q+A from the audience.

About the Speaker:
Allan Offenberger is Professor Emeritus of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. He received his B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees (1962, 1963) from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Ph.D. degree (1968) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His research program for more than 40 years was focused on the development of high power lasers and their application to plasma physics and inertial fusion energy research. He has published extensively and given many invited talks at international conferences,
universities, government and industrial laboratories as well as to service and other non- governmental organizations in Asia, Europe and North America.
He is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Physicists and has served on many scientific advisory and research grant committees and boards, as a consultant to university, government, industrial institutions and, as a reviewer for research proposals, publications, university appointments and promotions.
Allan has been a guest professor and consultant at, among others: UK Atomic Energy Agency-Culham Laboratory; University of California-Los Alamos National Laboratory; Oxford University-Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; University of California-Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Osaka University-Institute of Laser Engineering (major labs for laser development and fusion energy R&D).
Allan was the Founding President of the Alberta/Canada Fusion Technology Alliance, now renamed the Fusion Energy Council of Canada.

ONLINE Living without Religion

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Living without Religion (LWR) is a weekly peer support group for those who have left their religion, are considering leaving their religion, and/or are encountering challenges with friends, family, classmates or co-workers due to religious differences. If you're already comfortable leading a secular lifestyle, you can also come to offer emotional support or advice, or just to enjoy a sense of social community that religions often offer.

Moderated by volunteers from the Ottawa Branch of Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFIC), LWR meets every Sunday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Please note that no one is here in a professional mental health capacity. We strive to be kind to each other, and as some attendees continue to hold faith in a deity or spiritual ideas, this is not a forum to challenge or convert anyone's current beliefs.

If you would like to stay after LWR at 1:00 to informally discuss or debate atheism, skepticism, science, current events, and other topics of interest, including how we can maintain morality and ethics without religion, please RSVP to Secular Chat.

To join, log into Zoom:

Or call in:[masked] or[masked]
Meeting ID[masked]#
Participant ID 43530#

ONLINE Secular Chat - Ottawa Centretown

Online event

Secular Chat is an informal weekly discussion group for atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and other freethinkers in the National Capital Region.

Hosted by the Ottawa Branch of Centre for Inquiry Canada, Secular Chat meets every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Similar to CFIC's former "Sunday Unsermon" group, enlightening conversation and fun debate topics can vary from week to week based on the interests of participants that day: current events (Trudeau/Trump), morality and ethics without religion, skepticism, science, philosophy, history, counter-apologetics, comparative interpretation of religious scriptures, and any other subjects related to atheism and science-based thought. CFIC volunteers lightly moderate the meeting to help ensure everyone has a chance to talk.

If you would also like to come earlier at 12:00 to offer or receive emotional support on leading a secular lifestyle, please RSVP to Living Without Religion.

To join, log into Zoom:

Or call in:[masked] or[masked]
Meeting ID[masked]#
Participant ID 43530#

Past events (1,740)

ONLINE Secular Chat - Ottawa West

Online meeting via Zoom

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