Tag Archives: Secular Humanism

Guest Speaker Chris diCarlo: “We Are All African”

17 Jul

The Saskatoon Freethinkers are excited to announce a special public event.

When: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 6:30 PM
Where: Frances Morrison Public Library
311 – 23rd St. E.
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J6
975-7558

Dr. Chris diCarlo will give a talk related to his recent Free Inquiry article (PDF) titled We are all African! Can scientific proof of our commonality save us?

His lecture tour We Are All African has been presented across North America and has helped raised awareness of evolutionary theory and funding for the Bracelet of Hope campaign, which is a charity raising money for an HIV awareness program and the Tšepong HIV/Aids clinic in Lesotho, Africa.

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Agenda

6:30 pm Doors Open
7:00 pm Welcome and Lecture followed by questions
9:00 pm Social

We’ll probably continue the discussion at a pub.
No food or drink is allowed in the theatre, but there will be coffee available outside the room.

Free admission (donations appreciated) – Minimum suggested donation: $10
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Short Biography

Ontario’s Best Lecturer 2008 and Canada’s Humanist of the Year 2008, Christopher diCarlo is a Philosopher of Science and Ethics whose interests in cognitive evolution have taken him into the natural and social sciences.

His personal research focuses on how and why humans reason, think, and act the way they do. He is interested in how and why the human brain has evolved to its current state and what cross-cultural and cross-species behaviour can provide insight into universally common modes of reasoning. He is also interested in the application of neuroscience (specifically fMRI work), in an effort to better understand psychoneuroendocrine feedback looping in problem solving.

Dr. diCarlo is a Fellow/Advisor with the Centre for Inquiry Canada. His most recent book (just released by McGraw-Hill Ryerson) is entitled How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A Practical Guide to Thinking Critically.

He is also a past Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard University in the Department of Anthropology and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology where he conducted research for two books he is currently writing called The Comparative Brain: The Evolution of Human Reasoning and The Evolution of Religion: Why Many Need to Believe in Deities, Demons, and the Unseen.

As an outspoken activist for freethought, humanism, and secularism, Dr diCarlo supports and is a life member of the Humanist Association of Canada and the Society of Ontario Freethinkers. He is also a board advisor to Freethought TV, an annual workshop presenter at Camp Quest Ontario, and has given many enlightening talks at numerous humanist events across the country. He was also the first Atheist invited to speak at the annual World Religions Conference in Kitchener, Ontario.

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There is an article about diCarlo and the controversy this topic caused in Humanist Perspectives.

If anyone would like to donate to this event, you can do that in person at our meetup on July 18 and you can also send mail to

Saskatoon Freethinkers
Box 31043 RPO Broadway & Taylor
Saskatoon, SK, S7H 5S8

This is a bit short notice, but was a great opportunity because Chris is driving through Saskatchewan on a lecture tour. We hope everyone will try to attend and support this event. Tell your friends and help us get the word out!

We are looking for volunteers to help out on the day of the event with greeting, set up, and clean up. Let us know if you are willing to lend a hand.

RSVP to this event on Facebook or on our Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/Saskatoon-Freethinkers/calendar/14127550/.

What is Secular Humanism?

7 Jun

Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:30 AM

Venice House
906 Central Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2G8
306-373-6666

When atheists talk about what they believe (instead of what they don’t believe), they frequently mention “Secular Humanism”. Secular humanism most closely parallels religion, in being a worldview that makes factual and value claims about the world.

So, what does being a secular humanist commit one to?

  • What values and beliefs are distinctive of secular humanism? What justifies these values?
  • How does secular humanism differ from a religion?
  • Should politics be exclusively secular or is it unfair to exclude religion?

There are many other issues and questions that could be explored. For this Meetup, we would like to use the Open Space discussion technology to facilitate a broad discussion of some of these ideas.

Resources:

HUMANISM AND ITS ASPIRATIONS

Secular Humanism

The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles

There are two CBC Ideas programs on secularism that may still be available on-line — here’s the links (should open up a download dialogue):

Talking Philosophy: Secularism

Talking Philosophy: Secularism- Part Two

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Saskatoon-Freethinkers/calendar/13392100/