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Some Christians like to call April 1st National Atheist Day, so let's celebrate our hearty foolishness with some great humanist events over the next month. Make sure to follow our Meetup Group for all of our upcoming events.

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.

Journey of Man

On Sunday, April 8 we will watch the introduction of the documentary The Journey of Man. The Journey of Man is a documentary that talks about our evolution, our recent history, and how we came to be to the way we are today. It looks at the Y chromosome, that's passed down from male to male, and tracks the marker mutations to map our ancestors' journey. It's how we conquered the Earth in just the last 59,000 years.

Our Sunday morning meetings start at 10am at the Oakridge Seniors' Centre.

Book Clubs

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.

BC Humanist Association Annual General Meeting

Our annual general meeting will be held at 7 PM on May 10th at SFU Harbour Centre. Come on out if you want to learn more about what the organization has been up to for the past year and if you want to get involved on the board of directors.

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Conferences

And one final reminder that the Northwest Freethought Alliance Conference in Renton, WA is coming up  this weekend and registration is filling fast for the Imagine No Religion 2 conference in Kamloops.

 
 
 
 
 

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