Archive for November, 2010

Freethinkers In The Pub

Posted in Skeptic on November 30, 2010 by saskskeptic

The next Freethinkers In the Pub is Thursday Dec. 2 at the Hose and Hydrant.  Note this is Thursday rather than the usual Wednesday.

OK folks, the date is set!! We’re on for this pub night, as promised occurring on another day besides Wednesday!

We’ll be at the Hose & Hydrant on 11th street just off Broadway. Once again, we are in that charming little nook in the pool room, just around the bar to the left.

We will be there from 7pm onward so drop by anytime in the evening.

Freethinkers in the Pub is an informal gathering. There’s no agenda, but feel free to bring recent news items or other relevant topics for discussion. Everyone is welcome!

http://www.meetup.com/Saskatoon-Freethinkers/calendar/14574724/

Parks Can Can Canada

Posted in news, science on November 30, 2010 by saskskeptic

Ok, this is slightly better than the last video.

In some ways it is worse.

Perhaps we need more parks with names people can pronounce.

Café Apostate

Posted in Skeptic on November 30, 2010 by saskskeptic

The next Café Apostate is Sunday, December 12, 2010 7:00 PM at the Mackenzie Cole coffeehouse, 815A Gray Ave, Saskatoon, SK. S7N 2J4

For more info

Banff National Park Mule Deer Rap

Posted in news, science on November 29, 2010 by saskskeptic

I dare you not to watch.  Really don’t watch it, it’s that bad.

Kamloops Imagine No Religion Conference

Posted in Event, lecture, news on November 28, 2010 by saskskeptic

The Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought and Okanagan Centre for Inquiry are holding a conference titled Imagine No Religion May 7, 2011.

This looks like a good (if short) conference with an impressive list of speakers.

PZ Myers


“PZ” Myers  is an American biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) and the author of the science blogPharyngula. He is currently an associate professor of biology at UMM.  He has published numerous research papers in Nature and other notable scientific journals.

Jen McCreight


Jen is the author of the popular blog Blag Hag. She is also the creator of the phenomena known as Boobquake !

She is also very active in the atheist movement. She co-founded the Society of Non-Theists at Purdue University, she is also on the Board of Directors of the Secular Student Alliance .

Chris diCarlo


Dr. diCarlo is a Philosopher of Science and Ethics whose interests in cognitive evolution have taken him into the natural and social sciences. His research focuses on how and why humans reason, think, and act the way they do.

chrisdicarlo.com

Stuart Bechman


Stuart Bechman is a rationally-fanatic activist for atheism and freethought in the Los Angeles metro area, where he serves as president of Atheists United of Los Angeles. He also  served as President of Atheist Alliance International for 2 years.

Stuart’s Atheist nexus Page

Brian Dalton aka Mr.Deity


Brian Dalton is the Creator, writer, director and star of the Internet show, Mr.Deity.  Check out his website or look up episodes on you tube.

mrdeity.com

Nathan Phelps


My name is Nate Phelps.  I am one of the estranged children of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church.  I am assuming that you know about my father and his church.

Since my father began his latest assault on some segment of the world in 1991, I have been approached from time to time, and asked to provide my perspective on this story.  I have obliged, and a few more people are made aware of the dark, or should I say darker, side of my father.

Justin Trottier

Justin Trottier is the National Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, one of the country’s leading national educational charities advancing science and secularism, host of Think Again TV! as well as a contributor to the National Post and the Michael Coren Show on CTS TV. He is an outspoken advocate of freedom of expression and inquiry, science education, church-state separation, and equality rights for non-believers.

Black-footed Ferrets Are Back

Posted in news, science on November 28, 2010 by saskskeptic

The black-footed ferret was one indigenous to Saskatchewan, but they went extinct in Canada about 70 years ago.  More recently they were reintroduced into Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park from a number of captive populations.

The Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet did this story on searching for wild-born ferrets in the park. Video Link.

For a history of the reintroduction.

More ferrets from Parks Canada.

via Nature Sask’s Facebook Page

New T.Rex Discovery Centre Display

Posted in news, science on November 28, 2010 by saskskeptic

Eastend’s T.Rex Discovery Centre has a new display.

Only 10,000 visitors a year.  They need more traffic.

 

Hide Your Wallets Deepak Is Coming To Town

Posted in lecture, science on November 26, 2010 by saskskeptic

Deepak Chopera is coming to Saskatoon.  This your chance to hear him talk authoritatively about things he thinks he understands but clearly does not (quantum mechanics) and things he thinks he understands but is extremely unlikely to in actuality (such as death).  It is your chance to buy some of his many books, and tickets to other expensive programs.

Deepak is a master of using sciencey words to make his wild speculations seem “scientific” but it quickly becomes clear, even to those of us with a minimal understanding of modern physics, that he does not understand what he is talking about. He is simply wildly extrapolating from simple physical principles to grandiose speculations.

In the end he is just a very tedious writer of science fiction.

THE AUTOPOETIC IDEAS FESTIVAL PRESENTS
AN AFTERNOON WITH DEEPAK CHOPRA
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2011

VIP Reception:
1:00pm until 2:00pm in Gallery A at TCU Place.
Limited availability, featuring hors d’oeuvres, music by a local artist, a chance to meet Deepak, and a chance to mingle with other leaders from the health and wellness community.  VIP tickets include best in house seating.  Please present your VIP ticket at the door.

The Main Event:
Dr. Chopra’s seminar begins at 2:30 pm.
The onsite bookstore will be open at 1:30pm.  Arrive early for a chance to browse Deepak’s latest titles.

Book Signing:
A book signing will follow the event.

Ticket prices
(including taxes but not venue fees)
VIP                       $149
Best in House         $79
Gold Seating          $59
Student, Senior, and Group Rates available, visit www.tcutickets.ca for details.

From http://ideasfestival.ca/3/miscellaneous8.htm

 

Help Saskatchewan’s T. Rex Discovery Centre

Posted in news, science with tags on November 25, 2010 by saskskeptic

The T. Rex Discovery Centre has applied for$100,000 in funding through the Pepsi refresh project.   However to get the funding this means that they need lots of votes.  To help vote here. To really help you can vote every day.

Goals

  • add dinosaur skeletons to our museum gallery

Overview

We want to improve the educational experience for our visitors by adding some mounted dinosaur skeletons to or museum gallery as well as cabinetry to display actual fossil specimens.  Currently, we have no fully-mounted dinosaur skeletons.  We want to add a Dromaeosaur and a Thescelosaur to our gallery to reflect the diversity of dinosaurs found in the area, and enhance both the visitor experience and the educational opportunities at our facility.

How will the $100K be used?

$ 60,000 casting and mounting dinosaur skeletons
$ 40,000 support materials (bases, signage, labour)

Regina Freethinker Group

Posted in Event, news with tags , , , , on November 23, 2010 by saskskeptic

The Regina Freethinker/Skeptic/Atheist/Whatevertheycallit Group meet for the first time Nov. 11.  They reported the following from the meeting:

So, in case you weren’t there, we have good news to share:

  • Eighteen people showed up to our initial meeting; each one has been invited to this group
  • We’ve decided to meet monthly, though a location remains to be determined
    • Possible venues include the Unitarian Hall, Abstractions Cafe, and the Saskatchewan Science Centre
    • Next meeting is 16 December (we’re going to see how the third Thursday of each month works)
  • Activities suggested include films, lectures, and literature discussion

They have an email list and are working on a meetup site.  If you would like to be added to the email list.  Either respond to the is post, or apply for membership to the google group.

The location of the next meeting is not finalized, but it is likely going to be at the Saskatchewan Science Centre.

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