There's some great events coming up both for fans of humanism, skepticism, and critical thinking. Make sure to follow our Meetup Group for all of our upcoming events.
March Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
Three times per month local skeptics gather at different pubs around town to meet fellow skeptics and freethinkers. The third Tuesday of every month (tonight!) is the downtown meeting, which happens at 7:30 PM at the Railway Club. If you arrive late, just tell the bouncer that you're with the Skeptics and find them in the backroom. Note: this venue is upstairs and not accessible.
For more information on Skeptics in the Pub meetups, visit www.vancouverskeptics.org
Distrust and anti-atheist prejudice
This Thursday, March 22, the UBC Freethinkers are hosting a lecture on whether atheists are discriminated against. From their Facebook event:
The UBC Freethinkers Club is proud to sponsor a lecture by prominent Ph.D. candidate, Will Gervais. His most recent work into distrust of atheists has been covered in many major newspapers and has received much prominent attention! We've snagged him for an afternoon to let us know: why *do* people mistrust atheists?
Recent polls have revealed that atheists are among the least tolerated and accepted people on earth. In terms of many psychological approaches to prejudice and stereotyping, this is quite puzzling. After all, atheists are not a powerful, conspicuous, cohesive, or even identifiable group of people. However, a persistent belief that people hold themselves to a higher moral standard to the extent that they feel like a god is monitoring their behavior leads to specific distrust of atheists. I'll present some recent psychological research exploring distrust of atheists, and ways to reduce it.
COST: By Donation!
LOCATION: UBC BUCH A101
Our regular Sunday meeting will kick off at 10am on March 25th with coffee, tea, and socializing, after which we will be watching video by the UK group RSA, which encourages a 21st century enlightenment. The short clip, RSAnimate: Drive documents the surprising truth about what motivates us and is adapted from New York Times Bestseller Dan Pink's talk at the RSA. The talk illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.
Find us at Oakridge Seniors' Centre on the Southwest side of the mall.
Jonathan Haidt: Religion, Evolution, and Self-transcendence
On Sunday, April 1st, for those not attending the NWFTA Conference in Renton, we will again try to watch Jonathan Haidt's recent TED talk. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.
Jonathan Haidt studies how -- and why -- we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded. His new book is "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion."
Our Sunday morning meetings start at 10am at the Oakridge Seniors' Centre.
Our book club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at Our Town Cafe (at the corner of Broadway and Kingsway in Vancouver).
On April 3, we will be discussing Lawrence Krauss' Quantum Man. This book covers the life and contributions of Nobel Prize winning physicist and freethinker Richard Feynman.
On May 1, we will be discussing Jodie Piccoult's Sing You Home. This book explores what it means to be gay in today’s world, and how reproductive science has outstripped the legal system. Are embryos people or property? What challenges do same-sex couples face when it comes to marriage and adoption? What happens when religion and sexual orientation – two issues that are supposed to be justice-blind – enter the courtroom? And most importantly, what constitutes a “traditional family” in today’s day and age.