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The Weakest Missing Link - How not to argue with a creationist

  • Feb 29, 2008 · 7:30 PM
  • University of Ottawa, Montpetit Building,

DATE CHANGED to 29 Feb to avoid the new long weekend. LOCATION CHANGED to Ottawa U, Montpetit building (125 University St), room 204
Map of Ottawa U In honour of the 199th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin (12 February 1809). "Endless forms most beautiful...have been, and are being, evolved" --C Darwin vs "From goo to you by way of the zoo" -- Creationist caricature of evolution Prizes will be awarded for the best and worst defense of evolution against the "creationists" (pretenders, but using actual creationist arguments).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    should have invited a real creationist

    March 1, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a little bit frustrated not to be able to take part, due to my weak spoken English. But I did understand it all or almost. I would have liked to criticize the guy that had said about evolutionism, that (as creationism) it's a matter of belief. I would have liked to point that THIS is real gap between scientist and the others. Scientist mentality is not faith but it's actually honesty and ability to doubt, and thats 1°) what makes it able, so paradoxically, to build strong theories; 2°) what, somehow, is a serious pain in the ass of those silly ignorants that just want to believe instead to know.

    February 29, 2008

  • Paul L.

    Well, I thought that the meetup lacked a little pizazz. I think it would have been better if there was more audience participation. For instance break everyone up into groups of 5 so they could acquaint themselves with each other. Then have each one prepare and present a creationist argument for the breakaway group to debate in a open style exchange. Then from that point on we could have improvised, like have the best and worst arguments move to a new table or present to the entire audience. That way people could have acquainted themselves and it would have been more interactive and fun. I was looking forward to this meetup for a while and maybe developed high expectations. Maybe next time..
    All and all, though, I like the group as a whole but would have enjoyed hearing more people speak.

    "I went to a creationist debate and all I've got to show for it is a damn bible!" ;^)

    Paul

    February 29, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    couldn't make it in time

    February 29, 2008

  • Suzanne

    Serge and I will both be there and are looking forward to it.

    February 28, 2008

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