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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.

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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.

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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 (5)

SCN-Ottawa: The Philosopher’s Toolkit

Online event

*** 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. *** SCN-Ottawa is presenting an online bi-weekly video lecture series: Starting June 13, we will be returning to the Philosopher's Toolkit video series we had started last year. The lectures are 30 minutes each and we will have time for discussion in between the lectures and at the end of the second lecture. More about this series: The Philosopher’s Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room (Patrick Grim, B.Phil., Ph.D.) Thinking is one of the things we do best. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do it even better? This course, The Philosopher’s Toolkit, gives you a set of thinking techniques designed with that goal in mind: tools for conceptual visualization, critical analysis, creative thinking, logical inference, rational decision, real-world testing, effective reasoning, and rational argument. The course uses interactive engagement to introduce a range of conceptual methods and perspectives: mind-stretching philosophical puzzles, mental exercises by example, thought experiments on which to test your powers, and deep questions to ponder. (For those who would like to finish the remaining lectures in the "How to think about Dubious Claims" series, you can access it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8MfjLNsf_mg9p_Dl2jLbMPxiCVwhQ0-L ) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Please note that due to some recent problems we have had with interruptions to our online meetings, participants will automatically be placed in a virtual "waiting room" before being admitted to the meeting. If you have any technical issues, please post in the comments, or send an email to [masked]. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 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. _____________________________________________________________________________________

ONLINE Living without Religion

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** Information to access this Zoom meeting will be provided to those who RSVP ** If you have problems joining the meeting, please email [masked], or post a message in the comments below. (in compliance with the public health recommendation for social distancing, Living without Religion (Ottawa) will not be meeting in person until further notice) We will be using Zoom videoconferencing. You can join on the internet (audio and video) with a computer, tablet, or smartphone, or you can connect (audio only) with a cellphone or landline. Click the link below to install Zoom and join the meeting https://zoom.us/j/962762133 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# Canada [masked],,[masked]# Canada Dial by your location [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abQatzsvau Meeting ID:[masked] *********************************************************************** Living without Religion (LWR) is a weekly peer support group for believers and non-believers 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 in the upstairs back room at the Fox & Feather Pub on Elgin at MacLaren. 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 (https://meetup.com/CFI-ottawa/). For more information, visit the CFIC Ottawa Website (http://centreforinquiry.ca/ottawa).

ONLINE Secular Chat - Ottawa Centretown

Online meeting via Zoom

** Information to access this Zoom meeting will be provided to those who RSVP ** If you have problems joining the meeting, please email [masked], or post a message in the comments below. (in compliance with the public health recommendation for social distancing, Living without Religion (Ottawa) will not be meeting in person until further notice) We will be using Zoom videoconferencing. You can join on the internet (audio and video) with a computer, tablet, or smartphone, or you can connect (audio only) with a cellphone or landline. Click the link below to install Zoom and join the meeting https://zoom.us/j/962762133 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# Canada [masked],,[masked]# Canada Dial by your location [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abQatzsvau Meeting ID:[masked] (in compliance with the public health recommendation for social distancing, Secular Chat Ottawa-Centretown will not be meeting in person until further notice) If you want to suggest a topic for next Sunday, you can post it in the comments below. Secular Chat is an informal weekly discussion group for atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and other freethinkers in the National Capital Region. Hosted by the Centre for Inquiry (CFI) (http://www.meetup.com/CFI-ottawa/), Secular Chat meets every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in the upstairs back room at the Fox & Feather Pub on Elgin at MacLaren. Similar to CFI'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. CFI 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 (http://www.meetup.com/CFI-ottawa/). For more information, visit the CFI Ottawa Website (http://centreforinquiry.ca/author/cfi-ottawa/).

ONLINE Secular Chat - Ottawa West

Online meeting via Zoom

***we will be holding this meeting via Zoom teleconference*** (in compliance with the public health recommendation for social distancing, Secular Chat Ottawa West will not be meeting in person until further notice) The start time has been changed to 6:30 pm To join the Zoom Meeting, click on the following link: https://zoom.us/j/606150474 To connect with your computer, you will need to have a microphone and speakers. Video is optional. You can also connect with a smartphone: One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# Canada [masked],,[masked]# Canada Or you can dial in with a voice connection (cellphone or landline) Dial by your location [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada [masked] Canada then enter the Meeting ID:[masked] +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Every Wednesday evening, the Secular Community Network of CFIC Ottawa will host lightly moderated informal discussions on topics of interest to freethinkers, humanists, and to others who are secular. Suggested topics: Religion/Philosophy/Atheism/Humanism How do you define Humanism? Do you consider yourself to be a Humanist? How do you define "secular"? Given your definition, what percentage of the Canadian population do you estimate as "secular"? How does one become a Freethinker? Through genetics, physiology, experience? What distinguishes Freethinkers from conformists or indoctrinees? Science: Physical & Social How much science is behind what is sold in health food stores? What are the most important social impacts of the “anti-vaccination” movement? Current Events for Freethinkers Imagine it is now January 2022. US President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris have been in office for one year now. How has America changed since 2019? Now that plant-based meat replacements are in many restaurants and supermarkets, and with cloned meat products on the way, will this significantly impact Canada's real meat consumption, and will it result in more vegetarians? Migrants displaced by war, famine, and terrorism are fleeing their countries by the millions, hoping to land in the USA, Canada, and European countries. What do you think is the real problem, and how can the world solve it? Non-Religion Lifestyles If you have no religion, from where do you get moral guidance, social values, and a sense of belonging to a community that would help you in problems of living? Chat West participants should feel free to suggest their own discussion topics from these categories. If you wish to attend, please RSVP in advance.

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ONLINE Secular Chat - Ottawa West

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