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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 7:00-9:30 PM; Brentwood Co-op Community Room (Basement Level). The Co-op is located just north of Crowchild Trail at the Brentwood C-Train station in NW Calgary. Enter the Co-op, turn right and proceed to the stairs down. See, following, the topics for the meeting:
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(1)
Darwin and the Barnacle: The Story of One Tiny Creature and History's Most Spectacular Scientific Breakthrough, a book discussion facilitated by Bruce Godwin.
(2)
Discussion about the place of evolution in contemporary life.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 7:00-9:30 PM; Brentwood Co-op Community Room (Basement Level). The Co-op is located just north of Crowchild Trail at the Brentwood C-Train station in NW Calgary. Enter the Co-op, turn right and proceed to the stairs down. See, following, the topic for the meeting:
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Respect, Belief and Disbelief
a talk by Professor Trudy Govier Wednesday, January 28, 2009

About the topic:
People generally agree that we should respect one another. But interesting questions arise if we ask what this means. Respect is an attitude involving values, beliefs, and behavior; when we respect someone we deem him or her worthy in some way, and act accordingly. Basic human respect means appreciating and acting according to the dignity and worth of other human beings in virtue of their human status. Specific human respect is the appreciation of some distinctive accomplishment or valued characteristic of a person. We can also distinguish self-respect from respect for others. There are problems and questions that arise here. These will be introduced as the basis for a general discussion.

Sample questions: How is respect to be displayed? Does respecting people mean that we should refrain from criticizing their beliefs? Do we have an obligation to respect even those beliefs that we think are irrational? What would such respect mean? What sorts of things go wrong when people demand respect and think they are entitled to it? Are we obliged to respect every practice and belief, in the name of tolerance, or the valuing of diversity? Should we respect people for traditions and practices that are harmful? Attention will be paid to the difference between moral and legal perspectives on these matters.

Biography of the speaker:
Trudy Govier is professor of philosophy at the University of Lethbridge. She is the author of a number of books including a widely used critical thinking text and several works in social philosophy. Trudy has written many columns for the magazine Humanist Perspectives. She has been active in a number of community groups in Calgary including the United Way, Healthy Calgary, Project Ploughshares, and the Apeiron Society.

Saturday, December 20 - 8:00 pm until 12:00 --

WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY FOR CALGARY HUMANISTS: SHIC, CFI, AND FRIENDS !
CELEBRATE WITH YOUR PRESENCE at Wim's place

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 7:00-9:30 PM; Brentwood Co-op Community Room (Basement Level). The Co-op is located just north of Crowchild Trail at the Brentwood C-Train station in NW Calgary. Enter the Co-op, turn right and proceed to the stairs down. See, following, the topic for the meeting:
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Humanism and Atheism
a talk by Professor Janet Sisson Wednesday, November 19, 2008

After looking at the concepts of atheism and of humanism Janet Sisson will argue that one can be a humanist without being an atheist and an atheist without being a humanist. The two concepts are not logically or theoretically connected although one may be derived from the other by making certain further assumptions.

An atheist denies that there are any divine beings of the kind found in many religions while a humanist point of view is one that looks to human beings to seek a basis for both knowledge and value. Humanist values are based on a human understanding of human needs and interests and are consistent with an appreciation for values that humans share. These constraints are plainly consistent with an atheist outlook but are not inconsistent with all religious outlooks. A Buddhist need have no problem in accepting this humanist view nor would certain kinds of pantheist. Non-fundamentalist Christians may also believe that it is their human powers of understanding that they should rely on in reaching sound points of view even though they may regard their understanding as a divine gift. Atheism is inconsistent with the view that a divine being rules by authority but is consistent with complete disregard for other humans or belief in some authoritative theory while humanists will reject a divinity who sets moral rules that cannot be given a rational explanation in terms of human needs and interests.

Biography of the speaker:
Janet Sisson has been studying philosophy for over 40 years and has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Leicester, Glasgow, Kansas, Alberta and Calgary. She is at present an instructor in the Humanities Department at Mount Royal College in Calgary. She is a lifelong atheist and her interest in humanism arises partly from her interest in the philosophy of the Greeks, whose curiosity about knowledge and values provided a strong foundation for humanist philosophy in Europe and contributed to the rise both of Christianity and of modern science. She is vice-president of the Apeiron Society for the Practice of Philosophy and also runs monthly Philosophy Cafes. She is also a member of the Secular Humanists in Calgary.

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Wednesday, April 16 - 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm--

GENERAL MEETING - CENTRE FOR INQUIRY
Justin Trottier of the Centre for Inquiry Toronto will describe for us the interesting possibilities of the Centre for Inquiry - Transnational. In various cities, centres or 'communities' have been established along model lines that afford humanismm, skepticism, and freethought to find expression.
Leading scientists, philosophers, and other scholars are contributing their talent to the Council for Secular Humanism and to the Centre for Inquiry.

This is an exciting concept; please try to attend.


o the location is in the Brentwood Co-op
o which is just north of Crowchild Trail
o at the Brentwood C-Train Station
o Enter the main doors, turn right
o and look for the stairs down to the community room
+ call Dona at 245-3550 for directions as you need

Wednesday, March 19 - 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm--

SPRING EQUINOX PARTY FOR CALGARY HUMANISTS AND FRIENDS !
CELEBRATE WITH YOUR PRESENCE

+ Light food and beverages will be provided
+ Bring your favourite beverage (non-alcoholic)
+ Bring a friend (if, perchance, you have one)
o the location is in the Brentwood Co-op
o which is just north of Crowchild Trail
o at the Brentwood C-Train Station
o Enter the main doors, turn right
o and look for the stairs down to the community room
+ call Dona at 245-3550 for directions as you need

Our Solstice and Equinox parties are popular and are great opportunities to meet free-thinkers in Calgary.

Tuesday, February 12, 2007, 7-10 PM
Darwin Day Celebration
Secular Humanists in Calgary invite you to our second annual Darwin Day celebration. Darwin Day is a Global Celebration of Science and Humanity that is intended to promote a common bond among all people of the earth. Major events are planned for 2009 (the bi-centennial of Darwin's birth). Check out:>Darwin Day:
Location: Home of Bruce Godwin and Maya Fishkis (95 Hawkfield Crescent NW).
+ This is a potluck affair; light food is recommended
+ Bring your favourite beverage
+ Bring a friend (if, perchance, you have one)
+ At 95 Hawkfield Crescent N.W., Calgary, AB
o the location is in the Hawkwood section of Calgary
o and is accessed from John Laurie Blvd, then
o Nose Hill Drive (North) then Hawkwood Road (East)
o then Hawkfield Way (North) then Hawkfield Crescent (West)
+ RSVP Bruce or Maya at 374-1925 or at bgodwin@telus.net and for directions as you need

Last year, on our first Darwin Day, a fine time was had in celebration and talk. Again, there will be door prizes.

Saturday, December 22 - 7:00 pm until--

WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY FOR CALGARY HUMANISTS AND FRIENDS !
CELEBRATE WITH YOUR PRESENCE

+ Light food will be provided
+ Bring your favourite beverage
+ Bring a friend (if, perchance, you have one)
+ At 653 Hawkside Mews N.W., Calgary, AB
o the location is in the Hawkwood section of Calgary
o and is accessed from John Laurie Blvd, then
o Hawkwood Drive (North) then Hawkside Road (East)
o then Hawkside Mews (South)
+ RSVP Wim at 241-1022 or at wvandersalm@hotmail.com and for directions as you need

Our Solstice and Equinox parties are popular and are great opportunities to meet free-thinkers in Calgary.

Friday, September 21st 7:00 pm until--

CALGARY HUMANISTS (AUTUMNAL) EQUINOX PARTY - REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED
CELEBRATE WITH YOUR PRESENCE
$5.00 donation
RSVP Dona 245-3550 or dmvine-mutton@shaw.ca and for directions

Friday, May 4, 2007; 6:00-9:00 PM; Uplands Recreation Centre at 20 Hawkside Rd N.W.
Spaghetti Dinner Meeting
The Secular Humanists in Calgary are having a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, May 4. Please join us for an evening of food and conversation.
+ Bar opens at 6:00 pm (beer and wine) - $3 donation
+ Spaghetti Dinner at 7:00 pm - $10 donation
+ Guest speaker 7:45
+ Location is the Uplands Recreation Centre at 20 Hawkside Rd N.W.
+ RSVP please to Wim wvandersalm@hotmail.com or Mike mike@outdoormuseum.ca - and to get directions !
+ BRING ALONG A FRIEND OR TWO !

Wednesday, March 21, 2007; 7:00-9:00 PM; Rocky Ridge Co-op Community Room
General Meeting
+ Annual Election of Officers: >See slate of candidates:
+ Brief discussion of book by Amartya Sen, "Identity and Violence"
+ Discussion about new chapter projects

Monday, February 12, 2007, 5-7 PM
Darwin Day Celebration
Secular Humanists in Calgary invite you to our first annual Darwin Day celebrations. Darwin Day is a Global Celebration of Science and Humanity that is intended to promote a common bond among all people of the earth. Major events are planned for 2009 (the bi-centennial of Darwin's birth). Check out:>Darwin Day:
Location: Madison's Restaurant and Bar (17 - 3802 Brentwood Rd NW - at Brentwood Mall, close to the Brentwood LRT).

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 7 PM at Rocky Ridge Co-op Community Room
Ross Mutton - An Addiction Training Program

Dr. Ross Mutton is one of our own members. He is a committed humanist with extensive experience in addiction counselling and counsellor training. He will describe for us his method and course of training - soon to be employed outside Alberta at the request of humanist organizations. More information may be seen at:>More: There will be time for discussion.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Winter Solstice Party
Party will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 20 at the Muttons.' Beer, wine, coffee, and tea are provided as well as trays of food.
If you need further information or directions, please contact Dona at: (403) 245-3550 or dmvine-mutton@shaw.ca.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Alice Wheaton, Leading with Purpose, Power, and Passion: Leadership Lessons from el Camino de Santiago

Her recent challenge was to complete the el Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage—a 900 kilometer trek across Spain (30 km a day for 25 days with a 30 pound backpack)!
More information may be seen at:>More: There will be time for discussion.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Bob McPherson, "New Owners in their Own Land: Minerals and Inuit Land Claims"

Bob McPherson, will present a talk on his advisory work with aboriginal people leading to the land agreement between Inuit and the government of Canada. His book, New Owners in their Own Land: Minerals and Inuit Land Claims, describes the treaty process and the land selection procedure in Nunavut.

He examines the particular importance of the historical treaty background in the Canadian West and Northwest. His book has been reviewed by Ward Neale:>Review: There will be time for discussion.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Ed Wolf, "The Tar Sands"

The tar sands are claimed to be one of the major natural treasures of Alberta and of the world. How does the tar sand mining affect the ecology and economics of Alberta? Who benefits; who pays the price?

Ed Wolf, a semi-retired geologist and biologist, will discuss at the meeting geological, ecological, economic and social aspects of the tar sands industry. There will be time for discussion.



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