What we're about

This Meetup was started for agnostics and free thinkers. It is about discussions based on rationality, reason, logic, evidence and critical thinking.

โž๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ช๐™จ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™›๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ค๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ง๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๏ผŸโž

The suggested format for the meetings and discussion is to select a topic and try and give everyone at the meetup equal time to express their views and opinions on the topic but remember we are free thinkers, so you have to be prepared to have your ideas and beliefs questioned or perhaps even challenged. Having said this, members do not have to provide comments or opinions and are also welcome to come and listen. These meetups are intended to be conversations not lectures.

I am also offering members the opportunity to present or talk about a topic they are familiar with or have knowledge about. With this format, the member presenting the topic will be taking up most of the time, but I will make sure that there will be enough time for all members to ask questions. Let me know if you are interested in presenting a topic that you have knowledge about.

๐—ง๐—œ๐— ๐—˜ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—˜

We have been meeting on the second or third Saturday of the month from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

The meetup is limited to 12 members. This does not mean that if you see 12 members reserved that you cannot reserve or cannot attend. You can still reserve and the meetup website will say you are on a โ€waiting listโ€ but just ignore this. You can still attend!

๐—˜๐—ซ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ

I am hoping that the meetups can be a learning experience on how we as multicultural Canadians from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds can live together with respect for our different beliefs and learn something from each other. Having said this, I am hoping that any belief system that promotes, hatred, bad behaviour and violence will be denounced and condemned by the members. I would also like to think the members of this meetup would reject and would speak out against religious literature or ideology that is confusing and that can easily be interpreted in ways that promote bad behaviour.

Trying to earn a living is always a challenge and I am also hoping that the discussions and information the members share and exchange in these meetups can help all of us better navigate the brief journey on earth that we are all on and help inspire us make better decisions for our lives and perhaps we can inspire others to make better decisions for their lives.

๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฌ

The meetup was started by Rasha back in July 2016. It was set up as an Agnostic and Free Thinkers meetup. The first meetup was on August 4th 2016, which I did not attend. I attended the second meetup on August 17th , 2016. After that meetup, Rasha decided to step down as the organizer.

I was thinking about becoming the new organizer but since I am an atheist and this meetup was set up by an agnostic as an Agnostic Meetup, I did not think I should be the organizer. Nancy agreed to be the new organizer and saved the meetup from being removed from the Meetup Website.

Nancy organized 5 Meetups from November 2016 to March 2017. We have had about an equal mix of atheists and agnostics attend the meetups. Nancy had some out of country commitments and could not continue. To save the Meetup, I have agreed to step in for now. I organized my first meetup in April 2017.

I do not consider myself an intellect and do not come from an academic background, I have never taken a philosophy course , I come from a working class family and most of my work is engineering based in the electrical utility business and industry. So If there are other members that are more educated or come from an academic background that would like to be the organizer of this meetup, please let me know.

๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง๐—จ๐—•๐—˜

In an effort to help members understand what these meetups are about, I have prepared a list of several YouTube videos that capture the type of thinking and ideas that these meetups try to promote during our discussions. You are not obligated to watch them but if you are interested they are all good so pick some that you think might be interesting to you.

๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ โ€“ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‹๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™‹๐™ช๐™ง๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™š

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT4EWCRfdUg

๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฅ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™๐™ง๐™ฎ โ€“ ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™š๏ผŸ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azhJvF7a5Ic

๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™š๐™ก ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™ง โ€“ ๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™๐™ง๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™๏ผŸ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z73mvg4R-JI&t=208s

๐™…๐™–๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž - ๐™Œ๐™ช๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™ง๐™–๐™ช๐™™

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc300AQCi7A

๐˜ฟ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™ˆ๐™˜๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฎ - ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™Œ๐™ช๐™–๐™˜๐™ ๐™จ ๐™„๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymujUx5z_Xk

๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™š๐™ก ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™ง - ๐™’๐™๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ž๐™ง๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T_jwq9ph8k

๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™š๐™ก ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™ง โ€“ ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™š๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™›-๐™™๐™š๐™˜๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_6-iVz1R0o&t=130s

๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™š๐™ญ ๐™…. ๐™Šโ€™๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง โ€“ ๐™’๐™๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™ข๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™ซ๐™š ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWy1FBArO7c

๐™‹๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฅ ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™ - ๐™’๐™๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™š

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jobYTQTgeUE

๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ ๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™–๐™๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAQFYgyEACI s

๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ ๐˜ฟ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™–๐™๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ฎ โ€“ ๐™’๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐˜ผ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™จ๐™ข ๐™Š๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RApmJJO_RQ

๐™Ž๐™–๐™ข ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ โ€“ ๐™๐™–๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ซ๐™จ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j8L7p-76cU

๐™Ž๐™–๐™ข ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm2Jrr0tRXk&t=3684s

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ง๐™–๐™ก ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™œ๐™ช๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ (๐™‰๐™š๐™š๐™™๐™จ ๐™‰๐™ค ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY_OJ2I6Yps

๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™š๐™ญ ๐™…. ๐™Šโ€™๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ง - ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™—๐™š ๐™‚๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKW_ZwaKlQc

๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™ง๐™ ๐™š๐™ง โ€“ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™™๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btJazTimH4M

๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™ ๐™€๐™–๐™œ๐™ก๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ โ€“ ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ซ๐™จ ๐™‰๐™ค ๐™‚๐™ค๐™™ -๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ž๐™จ๏ผŸ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP_Q6JqFMf0

๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™š๐™ก ๐™Ž๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™ง - ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™ข ๐™ค๐™› ๐™€๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ก

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=78&v=EPrmSkJ6bZk

๐™ˆ๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ค ๐™‹๐™ž๐™œ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ช๐™˜๐™˜๐™ž - ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‘๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ข๐™จ & ๐™๐™๐™š ๐™‡๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbu3634j0MA

๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ & ๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™‡๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š & ๐™๐™š๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSCDfjTDVCk

Michael Shermer with Brian Green โ€“ Mind, Matter, and our search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLRdTugBInz19PmwsPhMjrzABr7yPUl1ry&v=HCAgTJ3181s&feature=emb_logo

RECOVERGING FROM RELIGION WEBSITE LINK

Doubt your beliefs? Have questions about changing or leaving your faith? You are not alone. If you would like to talk to someone on the phone the website lists the numbers you can call.

https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/#rfr-welcome

There are also weekly zoom meetup talks every Monday starting at 8pm. The talk is hosted by Eric Wells, Support Group Director and Amaia Perez, Online Programing Director along with different guest speakers each week. The website provides all the details and the zoom link ID codes.

https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/rfrx

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General Discussion on Current Events

645 Richmond St

I think the September meetup worked out well so instead of focusing on a specific topic, for the October meetup, I think I will continue with just having a general discussion on current events. I am sure there will be a variety of ideas and opinions.

I will still be asking members that attend our general question: โ€When and what caused you to start questioning your beliefs about your god and your religionโ€ and for members that believe in some type of god I will be asking them to: โ€œDescribe the god you believe in and why you believe it exists.โ€

Provided government rules for restaurants and bars remain favorable, I will have tables ready for about 8 to 12 members at the Furniture Warehouse Restaurant and Bar at the corner of Richmond Street and John Street in London from 5pm to 7pm. For October we still may be able to be on the patio depending on weather.

When you arrive, ask for Dannyโ€™s table. We will need to follow government rules for dinning in restaurants so you may be asked for vaccination proof by the restaurant staff.

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