Carl Sagan

CFI Halifax Carl Sagan Dinner

Monday, November 23, 2015 – -

Darrell’s Restaurant

  • 5576 Fenwick St., Halifax, NS (map)

  • We’ll be downstairs
  • Meet for conversation, dinner and a drink. CFI hosts regular meetups for skeptics, atheists, science enthusiasts and others. This month’s meetup will be in honour of Carl Sagan, and his work as a popularizer of science and critical thinking.

    After dinner, we are going on a tour of SMU’s observatory. That is a separate meetup. An RSVP is mandatory if you plan to go. Please RSVP to both if you plan to go to both….. Halifax@cficanada.ca

     

     

Science and Religion Book Club first meeting

100_4155On Thursday, October 15, CFI Halifax had its first Science and Skepticism Book Club meeting at Uncommon Grounds Coffee House on South Park St. The book we discussed was Jerry Coyne’s Faith vs. Fact.

The date for the next meeting is Thursday, November 26 at 7pm at Uncommon Grounds on South Park Street. The book will be Waking Up, by Sam Harris. HRM libraries have 8 copies. It’s also available at Amazon or book stores.

The book club will meet monthly. We are always open to suggestions of what to read.  To RSVP, please join our Meetup group.

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Greg Dawes: Faith and Reason

Thursday October 8, 2015

PUBLIC TALK BY DR. GREGORY DAWES

Where: Maxine Tynes Room – Alderney Gate Public Library

When: October 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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A comparison and contrasting of the view of faith and reason found in John Locke’s essay with that found in Aquinas’s work (and elsewhere in the Christian tradition). Dr. Dawes argues that faith and reason can be kept distinct only by adopting a ‘bootstrapping’ view of faith, one in which the act of faith is regarded as ‘selfauthenticating’. This attitude helps to explain why religious beliefs are so resistant to criticism.

Dr. Dawes gained his first graduate degree at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (1988) before returning to New Zealand, where he completed PhD degrees in both Biblical Studies (1995) and Philosophy (2007). He teaches the Philosophy of Religion, a course on Religion, Science, and Magic, and another on Science, Religion, and Knowledge at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

 

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Film Screening: The Revisionaries

What: The Revisionaries
Where: Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue, Room 303
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:30pm

The Revisionaries follows the Texas State Board of Education as they revise their textbook standards.  Creationism is brought to the front in the science standards.  Historical revisionism is brought to the front in the social studies standards.  Join us as we screen this important film.  Creationism expert and author of The Creationist Debate, Dr. Arthur McCalla, will host a Q&A session afterwards.

…I discovered a survey stating that half of the American public did not accept the theory of evolution and so I decided to focus my film on a Biology teacher and the lessons on evolution. Not long after I started following these classroom discussions, I learned about the political debate on the State Board of Education in Texas over how evolution would be taught in science and later how the concept of “separation between church and state” would be understood in social studies, among other controversial topics.
– The Revisionaries Director, Scott Thurman

 

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Skeptics in the Pub

Join skeptics, atheists and freethinkers for Skeptics in the Pub. If you’re tired of listening politely to credulous people making unlikely alternative health claims, implausible religious dogma or outlandish conspiracy theories, come on out for a beer or a burger with us.  Join us on Meetup and like us on Facebook to stay informed on the latest Skeptics in the Pub.

Answers to the most common questions:
We meet in a pub, usually the 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month. It’s completely informal, in a relaxed atmosphere. You can come late and/or leave early without rousing attention. There’s no set agenda. We get people who barely talk and people who rarely stop talking, so you can mostly listen, if that’s your thing.