Archive for March, 2013

CFI Saskatoon: “Safeguarding the mental health of our people:” Canadian eugenics/neo-eugenics

Posted in Event, lecture, Saskatoon, science on March 20, 2013 by saskskeptic
  • Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:30 AM

  • 906 Central Avenue, Saskatoon, SK (edit map)

    Head for the side banquet room
  • We will have a guest speaker to discuss the history of eugenics in Canada. Amy Samson is a PhD Candidate in the U of S Dept of History. Amy’s dissertation examines the relationship between eugenics and gendered organizations and occupations within the context of Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation.

    Here’s a brief bio:

    Amy Samson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include medical history, the history of eugenics and sexual sterilization, moral regulation, and women’s paid labour in twentieth century Canada. Amy’s dissertation, which is generously funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, examines the relationship between eugenics and gendered organizations and occupations within the context of Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation.

    Amy is an interesting and enthusiastic speaker.  In summary:

    Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries various North American and European jurisdictions introduced eugenic programs designed to improve the human race by controlling reproduction. These programs ranged from better baby contests, baby bonuses, and the distribution of child welfare literature to segregation, coercive sexual sterilization, and restrictive immigration legislation.

    This talk will examine the origins and various applications of eugenic thought, focusing particularly on Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation. In place from 1928 to 1972, Alberta’sSexual Sterilization Act resulted in the sterilization of more individuals considered “mentally defective” than any other jurisdiction in Canada.This talk will also consider the more recent emergence of “neo-eugenics” or “new eugenics.”


Skeptics In The Bookstore

Posted in Event, lecture, Saskatoon, Skeptic on March 20, 2013 by saskskeptic

Regina Skeptics In the Pub

Posted in Event, Regina, science on March 18, 2013 by saskskeptic

The next Regina Skeptics in the Pub is:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:00pm until 11:00pm at Brewster East.

Bring back the books you’re done reading to give back to the book exchange, brainstorm any topics you would like to discuss, and continue conversations that you weren’t able to finish from last time! New and old members welcome. Please invite your friends! The space comfortably holds up to 50.

$5 donation suggested to add to our advertising and activism fund.

Brewsters doesn’t charge anything to use the room, but they will add a mandatory tip to your bill of 15%, which most of us would have probably done anyway.

Looking forward to seeing you all again! This is a 19+ event due to Brewsters East regulations. For those with diet restrictions, please view the entire menu here:

Robert Sawyer Reading and Book Signing

Posted in Event, Media, news, Saskatoon on March 17, 2013 by saskskeptic

Robert Sawyer, award-winning Science Fiction author, will be in Saskatoon to promote his new book Red Planet Blues.  He will be at McNalley Robinson Wednesday Mar. 27 at 7:00pm in the travel alcove. For more information see the McNalley Robinson website or on Facebook.

Saskatoon Launch of Red Planet Blues (Penguin Group Canada)

Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such “revelatory and thought-provoking” novels as Triggers and The WWW Trilogy, presents a noir mystery expanded from his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella “Identity Theft” and his Aurora Award-winning short story “Biding Time,” and set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper…

Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives in Mississauga with his wife, poet Carolyn Clink. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel, as well as the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for mystery fiction. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name.

CFI Regina:Are Humans Reasonable

Posted in Event, lecture, Regina on March 17, 2013 by saskskeptic

CFI Regina is having a meetup on human reasoning April 11 at 7pm .  For more Info.

Hey everyone! I’d like to invite all of you to come to Bushwakker on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. to take part in a discussion with Dr. Chris Oriet on the topic of human reasoning.

In this talk, Dr. Oriet will discuss a variety of topics, including how and why people form beliefs and the fallibility of human reasoning. This is a rich and exciting area of Cognitive Psychology and I’m very excited that he has agreed to lead this discussion. Naturally, understanding how people reason is inextricably linked with the goals and objectives of the CFI.

His talk should take approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 10-minute break, and another 45 minutes where he will help to engage attendees in dialogue. Make sure to bring your thinking caps – this is a great opportunity to try and grapple with a complex topic in an interactive and informational forum.

The talk will be located in the Arizona Room at Bushwakker, which is located to the left as soon as you walk up the staircase. The event is free to everyone, but as usual in order to help pay for the room I would ask for a small $5 donation so that we can continue doing these sorts of events in the future. We have the room booked from 6 p.m. onwards.

While this event will not be publicly advertised, you are welcome to invite any of your friends that you think might be interested in this timely topic.

Dr. Oriet holds his Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from the University of Waterloo. He is currently employed at the University of Regina as an Associate Professor and as the Experimental and Applied Psychology graduate program coordinator.

Dr. Oriet’s current research largely focuses on attention and its relationship with human information processing and perception. You can find more information about him on the UofR website:

Michael Shermer In Calgary

Posted in Event, lecture, science, Skeptic with tags , on March 11, 2013 by saskskeptic

Michael Shermer founder of The Skeptics Society, publisher of Skeptic magazine, author of over a dozen books, and TV personality will be speaking in Calgary Friday March 15th at 7:30 on The Moral Arc of Science.


It’s baaaaack! OMG! It’s Great Friday Pub Night!

Posted in Event, Saskatoon on March 11, 2013 by saskskeptic

CFI Saskatoon is hosting their annual Great Friday Pub Night.

Friday, March 29, 2013
7:00 PM
Winston’s English Pub & Grill
243 21st Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0B7
Well, most of the fun is still TBA, but here’s your advance notice to mark the date in your calendars.  Likely to have door prizes, raffles, fifty/fifty draws and cake extraordinaire! Plus good company, good conversation and good beer.