Archive for October, 2014

Lecture: Former Govenor General Adrienne Clarkson

Posted in Skeptic on October 18, 2014 by saskskeptic

As part of CBC Massey Lecture series Canada’s former Governor will speak at the Broadway theatre on Oct. 20 at 7:30. The title is The Cosmopolitan Ethic.

The injunction to help others as part of one’s duty to one’s country integrates a sense of place with a sense of self. We have interpreted citizenship as a consensual contract with certain emotive elements, such as a high regard for our natural surroundings, some respect for the institutions of government and the law, and, ideally, a commitment to helping advance the aims of our society in whatever way we are called upon to do so. Citizenship is linked on one hand to the rights of the individual, and on the other to membership and attachment to a community.”

Adrienne Clarkson

From the Star Phoenix.



CFI Saskatoon: Richard Carrier: How to Disprove a Religion

Posted in Skeptic on October 11, 2014 by saskskeptic

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:30 PM, J.S. Wood Library, 1801 Lansdowne Ave, Saskatoon, SK

TOPIC: How do History and Science Prove or Disprove a Religion

Dr. Carrier will show how the history of religions is already all on its own a conclusive disproof of them. If any were true, history, and the world, would have turned out entirely differently. Jesus would not have told us to stop washing our hands, for one thing. And he would have actually existed, for another. Judaism and Islam are likewise examined. Come join us for an irreverent, entertaining, and educational tour.

TICKETS (purchased at the door)


CFI members and students $5/person (renew your membership!)


• Autographed books available

• Door prizes

• See separate event for meet and greet dinner with Carrier before the talk

• Question period after the talk

• Coffee available

We’ll likely head to a pub on Broadway after the talk


We need volunteers to assist with poster distribution, event day set-up and clean-up as well as door greeting. Please contactKendra if you can assist in any way.


Richard Carrier, Ph.D., 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 Partners for Secular Activism, 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 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. For more about Dr. Carrier and his work


Without your support, the Centre for Inquiry cannot put on major events such as this. We encourage you to donate or join as a Friend of the Centre. CFI is a nationally registered educational charity and all donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.


The lower level of the library only accessible by stairs. We regret that we have been unable to find a suitable venue that is more accessible.

CFI Saskatoon: Intimate Dinner with Richard Carrier

Posted in Skeptic on October 11, 2014 by saskskeptic

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:30 PM, The Ivy Dining Lounge 301 Ontario Ave, Saskatoon, Saskatoon, SK

Don’t miss this special early dinner (starting at 4:30pm) with Richard Carrier before his presentation at the J.S. Wood Library. The cost is $75 to attend and this includes a fantastic meal at the Ivy (anything on the menu) and up to 2 drinks. This event will serve as a fundraiser to help cover the costs of bringing Richard to Saskatoon.

We have 12 spots. We are meeting early to ensure lots of time with Richard, ~2.5 hours. Take advantage of this unique opportunity! Questions can be posted here or sent privately toKendra. Late arrivals are not a problem (but less time with Richard).

Payment can be made by cash or cheque (to Centre for Inquiry) in advance or at the dinner. Your RSVP here guarantees your spot at the table. Please honour your commitment and let us know right away if you can’t make it. Use the meetup site for your RSVP and join the wait-list if it fills up.

We will need to leave the Ivy before 7pm in order to arrive in time at the library. We will reserve seats near the front for those attending the meal.

We did this when James Randi was in town and attendees were very positive about the experience.

Location Details: The Ivy is located downtown at 24th Street East & Ontario Ave. Check their website for parking locations.

RASC Saskatoon: Sleaford Open House

Posted in Skeptic on October 11, 2014 by saskskeptic

The Saskatoon chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is having their open house Saturday October 18.


CFI Regina: Atheists Discussing Jesus (featuring Dr. Richard Carrier and Dr. William Arnal)

Posted in Skeptic on October 11, 2014 by saskskeptic
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
6:00 PM
Multipurpose Room (Riddell Centre)
University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK
The Centre for Inquiry Regina is excited to announce that we will be hosting a conversation between Dr. Richard Carrier (University of California) and Dr. William Arnal (University of Regina). People of all faiths and non-faiths are invited to attend…

Saskatoon Rationalists: Artificial Intelligence

Posted in Skeptic on October 11, 2014 by saskskeptic

The next Saskatoon Rationalists meetup is:

Saturday, October 11, 2014
1:15 PM
The Broadway Roastery on 8th Street (not broadway!)
2318 8th St E
Saskatoon, SK
AI is a topic that I am deeply interested in so this week I’ll share some of the most interesting things about the topic, and discuss why I think it is such an important topic. Bonus points for people who play devils advocate this week! For the ambit…