Dr. Richard Carrier – The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire

It’s a colosseum smack down!
The Roman Empire strikes back!
Pagans, Christians, Ancient Scientists, Oh My!

Ancient scientists:
Who were they?
What did they accomplish?
What did people think of them?
How did they advance the sciences?
And what does this tell us about how pagans and Christians differed in their scientific values?

Richard Carrier received his Ph.D. in ancient history from Columbia University studying this subject. He will précis his forthcoming book of the same title, take questions from the audience, and sell and sign his many other books.

Richard Carrier is a philosopher and historian with degrees from Berkeley and Columbia, specializing in the contemporary philosophy of naturalism, and in Greco-Roman philosophy, science, and religion, including the origins of Christianity. He blogs and lectures worldwide, teaches courses online at The Secular Academy, and is the author of many books, including his defense of a naturalist worldview in Sense and Goodness without God, his academic case for the non-existence of Jesus in On the Historicity of Jesus, his work on historical methodology in Proving History, his study of ancient science in Science Education in the Early Roman Empire, his responses to 21st century Christian apologetics in Why I Am Not a Christian and Not the Impossible Faith, and an anthology of his papers on the subject of history in Hitler Homer Bible Christ. He has also authored chapters in many other books, and articles in magazines and academic journals, and on his namesake blog, covering subjects from politics and philosophy to feminism and polyamory. For more about Dr. Carrier and his work see www.richardcarrier.info.

When:
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Social gathering:
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices
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General Public: $$ Cash donation at the door
Friends of the Centre: Free

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Calgary Annual Pathway & River Cleanup

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The Cleanup runs on Sunday, May 7 from 9:00 AM – Noon. This year we will be cleaning a section of Pathway, the north portion of Elbow River, Inglewood & Ramsay area between 9th Avenue SE to Agriculture Trail SE

Look forward to seeing you there!
Join us for a social gathering following the event.

About the cleanup
The Pathway and River Cleanup event is about sustainability; it’s about Calgarians coming out to care for our highly valued parks, pathways and waterways. The goal of the event is to mobilize Calgarians to help clean and remove the litter that accumulates. In addition to being an eyesore, the garbage can be deadly to Calgary’s wildlife. It’s also about encouraging Calgarians to become stewards of City parks.
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Details
Please arrive by 8:45 AM so we can hand out supplies and take some group photos before we start. Disposable latex gloves and garbage bags will be provided; however you may wish to bring your own sturdier gardening or work gloves.

Dress Recommendations:
· Sturdy footwear, leather gloves and long pants.
· Water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, camera.

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Unfriending the Future: Motivated Empathy in Science and Political Advocacy

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Speaker: Michael Kruse: Executive Director of Bad Science Watch

Hosted by: University of Toronto Secular Alliance

Date: March 7th 2017, 7 to 9 pm

Location:

Hart House, Debates Room
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto

 

Admission Information:

 

About the Event:

When we are faced with the irrational and conspiratorial claims of the alternative medicine community the science minded community often responds with anger, incredulity and frustration. Sometimes these messages are not from the easy targets of the fringe but from our own family and friends. But how often has our argumentative response been effective? It is worth taking a look at not only our goals and our tactics, but our audience as well.  We know that psychological phenomena like the backfire effect combine with ideological anti-corporate attitudes to work against any rational arguments, we have seen it happen time and again. This was the state of frustration we were in when we started Bad Science Watch. We made a decision to think about our audience and set goals focused on making real change.  This talk will focus on the role that empathy plays in picking targets and setting goals and the success we have had in creating a message that has resonated with our audience and supporters.

 

About Bad Science Watch:

Bad Science Watch is an independent non-profit consumer protection watchdog and science advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by countering bad science. We are driven by a vision of a safer, healthier, and more prosperous Canada where critical thinking and sound science are paramount in the making of important societal decisions.

http://www.badsciencewatch.ca/

 

 

About the University of Toronto Secular Alliance (UTSA):

The University of Toronto Secular Alliance (UTSA) is an organization dedicated to building a community at U of T for those adhering to non-religious worldviews including atheists, agnostics, Secular Humanists, and Freethinkers.  Through our weekly meetings and events, we provide a forum where all ideas and beliefs can be examined, critiqued, and challenged through discourse that is civil, intellectual, and insightful.  Find us on Facebook: @uoftsecular

Unfriending the Future: Motivated Empathy in Science and Political Advocacy by Michael Kruse

Date:Feb 4, 2017 @ 2:30pm (2hrs)

Location: Mount Royal University, Moot Court (EA 1031)

Unfriending the Future: Motivated Empathy in Science and Political Advocacy by Michael Kruse, Executive Director for “Bad Science Watch”

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“When we are faced with the irrational and conspiratorial claims of the alternative medicine community the science minded community often responds with anger, incredulity and frustration.

Sometimes these messages are not from the easy targets of the fringe but from our own family and friends. But how often has our argumentative response been effective?

It is worth taking a look at not only our goals and our tactics, but our audience as well.

We know that psychological phenomena like the backfire effect combine with ideological anti-corporate attitudes to work against any rational arguments, we have seen it happen time and again.

This was the state of frustration we were in when we started Bad Science Watch. We made a decision to think about our audience and set goals focused on making real change.

This talk will focus on the role that empathy plays in picking targets and setting goals and the success we have had in creating a message that has resonated with our audience and supporters.”

Bad Science Watch is an independent non-profit consumer protection watchdog and science advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by countering bad science. We are driven by a vision of a safer, healthier, and more prosperous Canada where critical thinking and sound science are paramount in the making of important societal decisions.

http://www.badsciencewatch.ca/

TICKET PRICES

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General Public: $15 pre-event, $20 at the door
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Friends of the Centre: $10
  • Students: $5

Tickets can be bought online through Eventbrite.

CFIC T.O.’s Saturnalia Party & Auction!!!

Great food, entertainment, a raffle and auction helped raise funds for CFI Canada.

The celebration took place on SaturdayDecember 17th - the first night of Saturnalia! At Fuse Restaurant, 366 Queen East @ Parliament.

The price of the event included ample hors d’oeuvres and an interactive, cabaret-style performance, featuring musical numbers, stand-up and satire (as well as a few surprises!) by Pearle Harbour. Mulsum, the official Saturnalia beverage, was available.

Seasonal sartorial garb was welcome; official Saturnalia colours are blue and gold.
Pearle Harbour is an all-American world-wartime gal, born on [information withheld]. During the war, she served as a stewardess aboard top-secret mission flights, including [information withheld], and even [information withheld]! Since crash-landing in Canada in late 2014, she has performed her acts at Theatre Passe Muraille, Videofag, Pressgang Storytelling, Clay & Paper Theatre, The Wrecking Ball, The Comedy Bar, and countless others.
Upcoming in 2017, catch Pearle Harbour at The Theatre Centre from April 10th-May 14th with The RISER Project! For all the nitty gritty details, follow her at facebook.