What we're about

"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder."

A NEW KIND OF ATHEIST GROUP — When atheists confront religion, supernatural beliefs, or pseudoscience we call it skepticism. However, 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 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 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOCaacO8wus). 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 seven 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 seven years of our weekly talks on fascinating subjects [Now monthly]. VOLUNTEER SPEAKERS ARE NEEDED! (Just contact the organizers.)

Events may be talks, discussions, brainstorming, project-testing, videos, walks, hikes, trips, brunches, pub nights, dinners, house parties, or attending events such as concerts, movies, or public lectures -- whatever inspires YOU as a member. If you want to be an Event Organizer, just ask.

Upcoming events (2)

**Seventh Anniversary** PICNIC at Maple Grove Park

Maple Grove Park

Seven years, 238 meetup events -- wonderful!

Friends in Wonderment was founded by Stephen Arthur in Sept 2014, with the inaugural talk on the origin of life for founding members Andrew, Pierre, and Anne. Thanks for meeting such wonderful people over the last seven years!

Please join us at this special event at Maple Grove Park in southwest Vancouver. BYOB. With the pandemic still an issue, you should bring your own food for yourself. However, if some people want to provide, or participate in, a potluck feast, that may be okay, too.

Bring your own portable chairs or blankets to sit on so that we can gather unrestricted at the quietest part of the park, where we have had several meetups before, on the grass under the giant evergreens at the far north side of the park at 51st Street. We will try to gather around one of the benches to use as a group tabletop.

There is a public washroom in the park.

Guests are welcome. When you sign up, add a “+1” if you’re bringing a partner or friend.

Members are encouraged to bring books or other items of interest to share.

LOCATION: This neighborhood park is out of the way, secluded, and pretty quiet, with washrooms. There is no concession stand.

The 1918 Influenza: Lessons learned, lessons forgotten (by Anne)

Vancouver Public Library Central Library

AFTER-MEETUP SOCIAL: The Group Organizer invites members and guests to attend an after-meetup social one block away.

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