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Canadian Atheists on Nexus

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Location: Canada
Members: 367
Latest Activity: Oct 31

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National events

This October in Montreal, Canada the 16th annual AAI convention

Atheists Without Borders
AAI-HC 2010 Convention


Local hosts: Atheist Freethinkers and CFI Montreal

It is here! The most anticipated North American atheist convention of the year. With fresh line of speakers and plethora of entertainment, you sure don't want to miss this event.

Join us in Montreal for AAI's annual North American convention, "Atheists Without Borders." This theme expresses our vision of an international movement, going beyond political and cultural borders, uniting atheists and humanists in one virtual nation defined by our commitment to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, human rights, critical thought, science and reason. This event will be AAI's first North American convention outside the United States and the first in collaboration with Humanist Canada, a national organization.

Our roster of esteemed speakers includes both American icons of freethought and outstanding Canadian and European scholars and activists. The three-day convention is centred around more than twenty workshops as well as several plenary sessions, addressing issues of keen interest to nonbelievers, such as religion-State separation, secularism, the history of freethought, the defence of education against religious encroachment and strategies for combatting fundamentalism -- in particular islamofascism. Join us as well in congratulating this year's Richard Dawkins Award recipient, Susan Jacoby, author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism.


Other things that might interest Canadians

National and Provincal Groups and Forums (click for expanded list)

Humanist Canada
Centre for Inquiry Canada
The Canadian Secular Alliance

Other Canadian groups on Nexus

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/northernfreethinkers

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/britishcolumbiaatheists

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/atheistsinalberta

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/torontoatheists

http://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/TheGoodAtheist

If I have missed some please let me know

Canadian Bloggers, Youtubers, Podcast, etc...

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Comment by TNT666 on November 7, 2010 at 8:51pm
I hope I see the day when this oxymoron 'handle' disappears from our language. I have Catholic 'heritage' I am NOT a catholic atheist.

And the thought of "science" providing me morals is ridiculous. Science is but a method of investigation. It has no bearing on the ethics we choose for ouselves in society.
Comment by Shaun on November 7, 2010 at 7:35pm
The Nov 7th broadcast of 'Tapestry' on CBC Radio One had a segment with Sam Harris and one on Jewish Atheism. Great listen!

http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 22, 2010 at 10:18am
Dunno. I usually skip closing ceremonies. There's nothing on their site.
Comment by Lorien on October 21, 2010 at 5:51pm
So Michel, where is the next AAI International North America conference next year?
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 20, 2010 at 7:13pm
"Ah but there is sooooo much more production in English including BBC stuff!"

That's one of the reasons I'm bilingual.

"So I didn't miss much at all, as I said, I have seen Dennett and PZ many times."

That's the most comfy way to look at it, of course.

"I never heard of David Mabus before PZ wrote it in his blog."

If you have good moderators, there's no reason you should know about him.
Comment by Lorien on October 20, 2010 at 2:35pm
Ah but there is sooooo much more production in English including BBC stuff!

So I didn't miss much at all, as I said, I have seen Dennett and PZ many times.

Will be seeing my 3rd Horseman on Nov 26 in Toronto - Blair vs Hitchens debate at Roy Thomson Hall! Now that is a once in a lifetime event!

I never heard of David Mabus before PZ wrote it in his blog.
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 20, 2010 at 12:32pm
@Lorien: I consider myself lucky too, as I'm not resticted to a Hollywood diet ;-)
Comment by Michel Poisson on October 20, 2010 at 11:50am
The general tone of my responses wouldn't be considererd Flame anywhere. Disagreement only.

I don't think 80% of Quebec is bilingual. The numbers:


The conference:

Don't know the numbers (not huge). It was two separate conferences, two worlds. With some overlaps. Quebec atheists are mostly bilingual, less English quebecois were though. Lots of old(70+) people, to my surprise.

What you would have missed (French workshops)

- A Belgian philosopher using the niquab to demonstrate strategies and morals behind the organised efforts to remove religious signs from public life in her country.
- A French activist one of the most influential figure on the current status of chruch/sttate separation that exists in France. His strategies and history of active atheism in France.
- A Quebec science journalist. Explaining distinction between evolved features by adaptation or via epiphenomenon.
- A former Quebec Industry Commerce minister gave an inspiring talk on the urgent need for global Ethics. From an economics and market point of view.

What you could have seen:

- Dennet did his What can replace religions talk. Impressive man - a giant, I spoke briefly with him on arts, was introduced by a Quebec neuroscientist, delirium vs. creativity.
- Calgary's Christine Shellka gave a really interesting talk on the structure and strategies of the Discovery Institute. How ominous and well-funded they really are.
- Toronto's Justin Trottier is an excellent orator and gave enthusiatic PR talk on atheist activism in Canada.
- PZ did his Science/Atheism Allies talk. Lots of jokes and jabs at the religiose and wooists.

- Being bilingual, I found I missed a lot of simultaneous talks.
- Surprising number of anglophones using translation devices at French talks.
- Met with a few interesting Quebec scientists.
- Missed the David Mabus incident :-( .
Comment by Lorien on October 19, 2010 at 7:14pm
ANYWAYS, this was all started because I said I hate Bilingual conferences. So I haven't heard any comments about the conference whether it was good or bad and how well it was attended.
Comment by TNT666 on October 19, 2010 at 6:46pm
«When in Rome do as the Romans»

When you travel, no matter what region of the world, it is a common courtesy to approach someone in the local language. This is one of the reasons tourists from the USA have such a bad name when traveling. Of course it's not all of them, but a great many. And as anglophones around the world become more and more arrogant, it is to be expected that the willingness to accommodate arrogance is diminished. Conversely, how many times I have heard anglophones bitch, seriously bitch that Québécois insist on switching to English once in conversation, tho the anglo wishes the opportunity to «practice» their French. Being a tourist is not like taking a class. The inhabitants are not «at your service». So the courtesy, EVERYWHERE in the world is 1-Approach in local language, 2-be thankful local switches to your language. That is the golden rule of the traveler.
 

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