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A NEW KIND OF ATHEIST GROUP — When atheists confront religion, supernatural beliefs, or pseudoscience we call it skepticism—but to invest our energies in fighting against obvious falsehoods is to "let our enemies run our lives." When atheists focus instead on positive moral actions we call it humanism—but in practice humanists mainly fight the negative. In contrast, when atheists focus on the natural or creative world we call it wonderment

WONDERMENT DEFINED — Wonderment is a feeling caused by something surprising, beautiful, or amazing, or from understanding a profound concept (“aha!”). Wonderment is a curiosity for things that are in principle understandable—not for beliefs that require faith.

ATHEISM DEFINED — True atheism is "philosophical materialism," which includes disbelief in all ideas that depend on a god-like influence, such as reincarnation and astrology. True atheism is skeptical of all extraordinary claims that lack extraordinary evidence. If you want to understand the naturalistic worldview, watch this entertaining five-minute animation. If you think the probability of god-like influences is extremely low, you are a de facto atheist. Most importantly, atheists (unlike agnostics) recognize that gods and spirits are obviously make-believe stories created by people, so there is no need to "know for sure" as if it were a real issue. ("Whatever is asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." - Hitchens)  
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Our format for almost eight years has been mainly talks given by members or guest speakers, with lively discussion and a post-meetup social. Scroll down many pages of our Past Events to see 7+ years of our talks on fascinating subjects -- or download the full descriptions from the first four years here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/p619n4f407tehny/Friends%20in%20Wonderment%20Four%20Years%20of%20Talks.pdf?dl=0

Past events (250)

Adventures in hyper reality (by Joaquin)

Aberthau Mansion

Picnic in wonderment

Maple Grove Park

Radical evolution of the landscape of Canada over 1 billion years (by Stephen)

Vancouver Public Library Central Library

PICNIC at Maple Grove Park

Maple Grove Park

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