Archive for January, 2011

Saskatoon Freethinkers In The Pub

Posted in Event, Saskatoon with tags , on January 31, 2011 by saskskeptic

The next Freethinkers in the Pub is Wednesday Feb.2 7:00 at Lydia’s on Broadway.

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!

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

Location Lydia’s pub on Broadway and 11th St (back left hand corner)



Saskatoon Freethinker Banned Book Club

Posted in Event, Saskatoon with tags , on January 31, 2011 by saskskeptic

The next Freethinker Banned Book Club is Tuesday Feb. 1, 7:00 at Nino’s Fireside Room – 801 Broadway Ave – Saskatoon.  You don’t need to have read the book but it might help.

Our next meeting will take place on February 1, 2011 – same place, same time. The book that we chose at our last meeting is the 2003 Man Booker Prize winner by DBC Pierre titled Vernon God Little. Here is a synopsis (courtesy Wikipedia).

The title character is a fifteen-year-old boy who lives in a small town in Texas. When his friend Jesus Navarro commits suicide after killing sixteen bullying schoolmates, suspicion falls on Vernon, who becomes something of a scapegoat in his small hometown of Martirio. Fearing the death penalty, he goes on the run to Mexico.


Darwin Day

Posted in Event, news, Saskatoon, science with tags , , , on January 30, 2011 by saskskeptic
Saskatoon Darwin Day

Saskatoon Darwin Day

Darwin Day
Come Help Us Celebrate Darwin’s 202th Birthday 

Saturday Feb. 12, 2011
1:00PM to 5:30PM 


1:00 pm Film-What Darwin Never Knew
2:30 pm Birthday Cake & Coffee
3:00 pm Talk-Prof. Larry Stewart
4:15 pm Talk-Prof. Angela Lieverse
Band Room
1:30-4:00 Family Activities
Guardians required

Centennial Collegiate

160 Nelson Road
Saskatoon, SK 


Use the Main Soccer Center Entrance and turn left
The Theater and Band room are down the hall.

For more information email


Ask Deepak Chopra A Question

Posted in Event, lecture, news, Saskatoon with tags , on January 26, 2011 by saskskeptic

The Star Phoenix is offering its readers an opportunity to ask Deepak Chopra a question.  What would you ask him?

I might ask:

Deepak how do you justify speaking and writing authoritatively about topics no one can know for certain? For example, how do you know reincarnation occurs, there is an after life, or God exists.  How can you know that a person’s personal beliefs affect their experience in the afterlife.  Isn’t this just gross speculation and wishful thinking.

Why do you insist on wrapping your metaphysics in a veneer of quantum physics. Physicists have repeatedly told you that your understanding of quantum physics is wrong?  Unlike unknowable untestable topics such as the afterlife you do not get to rewrite physics to match your beliefs. Should this be interpreted as attempting to use legitimate  science to prop up your unscientific ideas and highly speculative propositions?


Best-selling author and spiritual adviser Deepak Chopra is coming to Saskatoon for a presentation at TCU Place on Feb. 20. He’s willing to answer questions posed by StarPhoenix readers.

Called “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine” by Time Magazine, Chopra is the author of more than 50 books translated into more than 35 languages.

Here’s your chance to learn about creativity, leadership and alternative medicine. Ask Chopra a question and we’ll post a selection of his answers in the next few weeks.

Email your question to

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CFI Saskatoon Annual General Meeting

Posted in Event, Saskatoon with tags , , on January 26, 2011 by saskskeptic

The CFI Saskatoon (aka the Saskatoon Freethinkers) Annual General Meeting is Sunday, January 30, 2011 11:30 AM!

Venice House
906 Central Avenue
Saskatoon SK S7N 2G8

Meetup Description

We’re going to have our second Annual General Meeting (AGM) at which we’ll review our progress so far and get feedback from members on future plans.

We’ll also be welcoming the new council members.

There will be a door prize!

We still have a few T-shirts (small and medium for $25 each or $20 for CFI Friends of the Centre) and black, smoke, and navy fleece jackets (variety of sizes for $40 each).

Note that we are at Venice House over lunch, so you are welcome to eat, but you are not obliged to buy anything. If you do, we encourage to be very patient with the servers and to remember to tip them – Venice House has been very accomodating and we are using the room for free.

Does It Matter If There Is No God?

Posted in lecture, Saskatoon, Skeptic on January 26, 2011 by saskskeptic
From the William Lane Craig Debate facebook event

Also, feel free to check out the additional lectures, the first one being TOMORROW (Wednesday Jan.  26) at 12:30 noon: “Does It Matter If There Is No God?” by Michael Horner in Arts 241.

Speculative Fiction Pub Night in Saskatoon

Posted in Event, news, Saskatoon with tags , , on January 25, 2011 by saskskeptic

The first meeting of the new Saskatoon Speculative Fiction group is Thursday, Jan. 27 7:00pm at Amigo’s.  They are going to try to arrange it in the backroom (opposite the washrooms).

A get together to hang out and discuss Books, Movies and Games with a Fantasy, SF or Horror connection.