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Calgary Discussions and Debates

This is a meetup of great people to talk about current events, science, literature, whatever.

Bring your thinking cap because debate is sure to ensue!!

Can't wait to see you all there!

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  • Cindi D.

    SECULAR HUMANISM

    secular humanism
    n.
    1. An outlook or philosophy that advocates human rather than religious values.

    2. Secularism.
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    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
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    sec′ular hu′manism
    n.
    any set of beliefs that promotes human values without specific allusion to religious doctrines. sec′ular hu′manist, n. Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary

    Thesaurus Legend:
    Noun
    1.
    secular humanism - the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural
    humanism

    doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

    1 · September 30, 2014

    • Greg P.

      Yes, but what are "human values"? Seems as awkward to define as "morality", which I define as 'empathy mitigated by considered consequences'. How would I feel if...what should/could I do about it....and what might be the fallout (as far as I can see)?

      September 30, 2014

  • Cindi D.

    We are a secular humanist group. Atheism is part of that but we are a bag of mixed nuts! :) a·the·ism
    n.
    1. Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.
    2. The doctrine that there is no God or gods.

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    If any of you want to define yourselves as any particular TYPE of atheist, the links below will either help or confuse you enough to send you back to church! Hahaha!

    Six Degrees of Atheism
    https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/4229/six-degrees-of-atheism

    Dawkins 7 Point Scale
    http://shadowtolight.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/dawkins-7-point-scale/

    Different Types of Atheism
    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/different-types-of-atheism.html

    17 Kinds of Atheism
    http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=6487

    2 · September 30, 2014

  • William S.

    Following up on our discussion on soft, hard, strong, militant, whatever, Atheists, I think Sam Harris puts it a bit more eloquently than I can in this YouTube video;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ncnh-MLG5Y
    It is a 40 minute video but worth taking the time. Atheism is not a philosophy; it is simply not believing in a magic being! Overall individual philosophies on life will vary but we all carry much the same non-belief a god or group of gods.

    Again, this is where I feel the term atheist is very limiting. While, I believe, most of us advocate the use of reason in our lives, I am sure some of us still suspend reason in some areas and, follow horoscopes, have lucky routines, trust divining or dowsing (witching for water), etc. But, as a group, we tend to agree there is no evidence for any god. I think if we advocate 'Reason' in our lives, non-belief in fairy tales becomes a natural result; as our ability to reason developed, we lost Santa and the Tooth Fairy!

    2 · September 30, 2014

  • Yvonne

    What's the topic this week?

    September 24, 2014

    • Natty

      Tom we missed ya and the name tags yesterday! Without ya'll it was chaos! Hope all is well!

      2 · September 26, 2014

    • Angelica N.

      We did miss you, Tom! :D

      September 28, 2014

  • Sean

    I'm sorry guys and girls. I was tired and lacked focus. As a result things really just got away from me. Must do better in the future.

    Thank you everyone for attending!

    September 26, 2014

    • Cindi D.

      TOTALLY Sean's fault! ;)

      1 · September 26, 2014

    • Angelica N.

      We might have to clone you, Sean - or get you an assistant moderator!

      September 28, 2014

  • Aubrey L.

    I enjoyed the discussions and meeting the members

    September 28, 2014

  • Jim R S.

    Good

    September 25, 2014

  • Cindi D.

    It defied definition! :)

    September 26, 2014

  • Darren N.

    Great meetup, interesting ideas, great people.

    1 · September 26, 2014

  • Buhraz B.

    fun

    September 26, 2014

  • Stuart L.

    How late do you think it'll go - I would like to join but likely couldn't be there til 8

    September 25, 2014

    • Greg P.

      9 + after at a pub

      1 · September 25, 2014

    • Sean

      We'll still be here.

      1 · September 25, 2014

  • Greg P.

    I'd like to discuss the UN Security Council resolutions re: dealing with ISIS and government intonations that ISIS is not "Islamic".

    September 25, 2014

  • Angelica N.

    Suggested topic: survivalism in a TEOTWAWKI scenario ... what would/should heathens do?

    3 · September 25, 2014

    • Darren N.

      Or Zombie attacks (hello, Calgary Stampede?).

      1 · September 25, 2014

    • Buhraz B.

      TEOTWAWKI hmm, that could be an interesting subject.

      1 · September 25, 2014

  • Min

    I would love to go but this meetup happens on the exact same date and time as the Philosophy Meetup.

    September 2, 2014

    • Darren N.

      Haha, that's very punny, Cindi!

      2 · September 24, 2014

    • Darren N.

      Discussing tired old Descartes's Discourse on the Method versus Apocalyptic Survival Strategies? I know which one I would pick! (No offense to you, or Monsieur Descartes, although his philosophical work never did reach the same level of sophistication and impact as his mathematical contributions.) 나중에 보자.

      September 25, 2014

  • Jim R S.

    Just interested in listening to some live discussion. Former CFCN photographer and high school SS teacher

    September 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I won't be able to attend this meetup.

    September 15, 2014

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