The Freethinkers’ socials have so far been successful, with lots of people coming out to our Breakfast of Champions, games and discussion nights. Keep checking our Facebook group for further updates on future games nights and other upcoming events.
As for the coming weeks, our next Breakfast get-together is right around the corner. Same place, same time and same awesome company, so join us for breakfast this Sunday at Enigma before heading off to study for midterms.
We’re very happy to announce that David Simpson, UBC graduate and Sci-Fi author, will be facilitating our next discussion night, 5pm on Friday, October 25th (in IBLC 185). David will be talking about Transhumanism, and after his talk, we’ll open it up for a larger discussion. You’re greatly encouraged to drop by to learn about and engage in this deeply interesting topic – David is a former nominee for the English department’s Killam Teaching Award, and we’ll be debating some controversial questions as a group.
In addition, our first big lecture of the year is set for Tuesday, November 19th at 4pm (in WOOD 5). Dr. Edward Slingerland, the Primary Investigator of an international research initiative that will delve into the evolutionary roots of religion and morality, will be speaking to us about the questions him and his team are trying to answer. If you’re interested in the evolution of religion, cooperation and morality, you can’t miss this chance to hear from the person heading one of the largest and most comprehensive studies of its kind. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.
OTHER EVENTS ON CAMPUS
As part of UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week (Oct. 21st-25th), there are a variety of free lectures being given around campus. For those interested in the big cosmic quandaries – are we alone? why is there life in the universe? how did it all originate? – scientists from JPL and the SETI Institute are in town to talk about the Universe’s structure and its support of life. Full details here. Also as part of Celebrate Learning Week, Dr. Scott Anderson of UBC’s Philosophy department will be discussing the recent Sauder rape chant kerfuffle, and offering his views on coercion and rape culture. Event page here.
And as always, you can catch the latest screening of Cosmos from our friends over at the Carl Sagan Association.
Bookmark the dates above and we’ll see you soon!