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There are lots of places to meet new people, however, I think that secular humanists are in the back of the closet here in Edmonton. I'm willing to meet on Oct 17th provided there are enough people to have a lively discussion.
Is anyone interested in any theme? Without a posposed theme most if not all the evening does become small talk.
Perhaps we could spend one hour discussing a theme and then the next half hour or so on how to generate more interest?
Possible themes:- Favorite secular author(s) & why? C. Hitchens, R Dawkins, D.Dennett, S. Harris, P Boghossian, etc. etc.- Favorite secular Big Screen movie and what was the best moment in the flick?-Favorite secular small Screen movie and what was the most important message?-What is your favorite secular publication (perhaps for now we can leave this open to no only secular huminism, but other secular areas such as atheism, agnosticism, humanism, etc.
1 · September 29, 2013
What I have found is that while are often very good it's usually hard to keep things on track. Sometimes, depending on topic it leads to a night of hot debate. Which is great! What I've also found is that, based on the type of people who are interested in this type of group, small talk is not something we've ever had to worry about.
1 · September 30, 2013
May I also suggest that we have a "movie discussion night" here in Calgary and that seems to be going really well. For October we're doing Fight Club.
0 · September 30, 2013
Understood. I think ultimately it'd be great to see those things in place in Edmonton as well. There's really so many great Secular Humanists in Edmonton it'd be great to see more getting together in Edmonton.
The impetus for suggesting some sort of theme is to perhaps generate more interest. Last month only Axcella rsvp'd and I posed a question that hadn't yet been answered. In suggesting themes or feedback it is only a springboard to generate interest with some sort of topic. Sharing ideas and non-small talk is fairly nebulous.
I don't want to dissuade you at all. Going in I like to have a couple of topics to discuss. Generally sitting around talking about the weather isn't my preference either. However what I am saying is that with people so intelligent it is very hard to keep on a theme. The flow of consciousness takes you to some amazing places. Sometimes I jus sit back and watch it happen.
0 · October 1, 2013
The topic really is just an ice breaker - even if it's only for 15 - 30 minutes. The meetings with a theme/activity have been the best ones that I've attended because one knows if they like it or not. With no topic/ice breaker it's kinda like a blind date. LOL For me first impressions are important...
I understand all that completely. I'd love more meet ups of differing variety. I will admit I'd gotten somewhat road weary sitting at things all by myself. If there are others interested it sounds great to me. What would you like our starting topic to be? Movie or literature or ....
0 · October 6, 2013
How about what is your favorite movie either written by or starring a secular humanist? What was your favorite scene from the movie and why? If that's not enough we could also delve into any readings that we have done in the last month.
I think if we start with something very light and get into more substantial topics like you suggest, I think it would be a very good meet-up.
0 · October 11, 2013
I just opened the Edmonton site. I think this might help people who live in Edmonton get together much more easily.
0 · October 10, 2013
Not sure what you mean by this.... is there a separate group for Edmonton? I searched but other groups came up.
Hi Gena, will there be any theme to the October event?
0 · September 17, 2013
Hi Janet, I'm certainly open to the theme idea. You've brought forth several good places to start. It has been my experience that previous attendees were not as open to a guided conversation. Current events both local and abroad are often discussed. Mostly however it's been personal experiences or what those attending felt most pressing. I will often read up on a variety of topics to ask questions on in case the need to start conversation arises. And to avoid over dabbling into just weather or sports or computer topics. :)Conversation varies with those who attend. I've found with intelligent free thinking individuals the best discussions happen when we simply come together.
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