BC Humanists Podcast

BC Humanists Podcast

By BC Humanist Association
We are building a community based on reason and compassion in BC through education, outreach, support, and advocacy. This podcast contains recordings of speakers at our weekly Sunday Meetings in Vancouver. Some speakers may use profanity or discuss explicit content.
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From the Research Desk - Public funds for public education
From the Research Desk is a regular check in with our executive director, Ian Bushfield on some of the current projects that our campaigns teams are working on. This talk, recorded on June 5, 2020, is on some of our work on private schools in British Columbia. We've previously documented the background of their funding model, shown that everyone appointed to oversee independent schools has come from an Evangelical Christian school, broken down the funding for these schools showing it disproportionately goes to Christian and Catholic schools, exposed private schools that teach creationism in science class and found examples of private schools that exclude LGBTQ2S+ families.  The talk ends by previewing our latest report, Pass or Fail? that questions whether private school students perform better than their public school peers at UBC. Read it now: https://www.bchumanist.ca/pass_or_fail_report Watch this talk on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkhDMSfrmQQ Ian Bushfield is executive director of the BC Humanist Association. He has a background in physics and nonprofit management.
45:11
June 15, 2020
From the Research Desk - Charity Law
From the Research Desk is a regular check in with our research team, Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff and Ian Bushfield, on some of the current projects that our campaigns teams are working on.  This talk was broadcast on May 15, 2020. In this talk, Ian & Teale talk about our work on charity law. Watch the video of this talk Join or Donate to the BC Humanist Association Creative Commons intro music credit: Teamwork by Scott Holmes
58:42
June 10, 2020
From the Research Desk: Legislative Prayers
Introducing a new virtual program from the BC Humanist Association. From the Research Desk is a weekly check in with our research coordinator, Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff, on some of the current projects that our campaigns teams are working on.  Our first broadcast was on Friday, April 3, 2020. In this talk, Teale talks about our findings on the use of prayers in provincial and municipal governance. Watch the video of this talk Read House of Prayers Sign up to help with our Secularism in Local Governance study Join or Donate to the BC Humanist Association Creative Commons intro music credit: Teamwork by Scott Holmes
59:46
April 30, 2020
Inspecting the House of Prayers - Teale Phelps Bondaroff
At the end of November, MLAs voted unanimously to begin every day's sitting of the BC Legislature with "prayers and reflections" rather than "prayers." The change followed the publication in September of the BC Humanist Association's landmark House of Prayers Report. The Report examined the transcripts of 873 prayers said in the legislature between October 2003 and February 2019. It also included a thorough consideration of the various arguments against the practice and provided a series of recommendations for reform. Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff was the lead author on the report and visited Vancouver from his home in Saanich to speak about the report, changes since the report and some of BCHA's ongoing work on these issues. Dr Phelps Bondaroff, is an experienced researcher with a PhD in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge and BAs in political science and international relations from the University of Calgary. He is currently serving as the Research Coordinator for the BCHA, and also conducts research on behalf of his strategy and research consultancy the Idea Tree Consulting, and in his capacity as Director of Research for OceansAsia. Dr. Phelps Bondaroff is also the Chair of the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception, coaches high school debate, and studies the strategic use of international law by non-state actors.
54:11
March 12, 2020
Furquan Gehlan - World Beyond War
Furquan Gehlan is currently Co-Chair of the Vancouver chapter of Canadian Peace Initiative and is also on the board of the Global Alliance for Ministries and infrastructures for peace. From 2013 to 2019 he was the National Co-chair of Canadian Peace Initiative. He is currently chapter coordinator for World BEYOND War’s Metro Vancouver chapter and is focused on developing a culture of peace in Canada and around the world. His passion is to make the world a better place by focusing on resolving problems at the root cause level and in a sustainable way. His goal is to have society progress so that war is no longer considered an acceptable activity for humans. World BEYOND War Metro Vancouver's events highlight a range of topics related to war and peace, and the steps needed to move us towards a world beyond war. Learn more at https://worldbeyondwar.org/vancouver/ The BC Humanist Association and Vancouver Peace Poppies are a cosponsors of Let Peace Be Their Memorial, an annual event to remember civilian victims of conflict. Learn more at https://peacepoppies.ca/ Learn more about the BC Humanist Association, become a member and support our work at https://www.bchumanist.ca/
44:32
December 16, 2019
David Barsamian
Via wikipedia: David Barsamian (born 1945) is an Armenian-American radio broadcaster, writer, and the founder and director of Alternative Radio, a Boulder, Colorado-based syndicated weekly public affairs program heard on some 250 radio stations worldwide. David spoke at the Vancouver Humanists Sunday meeting on October 20, 2019. Photo by Shahen books - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47219104
57:32
December 4, 2019
Bree Gardner - AccessBC
AccessBC are a group of young people from around British Columbia who are concerned with removing barriers to accessing prescription contraception. Visit https://www.accessbc.org/ Bree is a multi-disciplinary activist originally hailing from Dartmouth, NS. Trans-spectrum, chronically ill, queer, disabled, and experiencing poverty, Bree’s primary focus is on Safer Spaces, Harm Reduction, and Access to Healthcare. They are an abortion doula certified through Full Spectrum Doula Collective Canada, and a practicing herbalist. Bree has worked with music festivals across the country to provide safer spaces and harm reduction policies, spoken at numerous conferences, regularly teaches workshops, and formerly hosted a podcast addressing the ongoing concerns of grassroots organizing - particularly as it pertains to queer and trans-spectrum folks.
41:12
August 30, 2019
Donald Baker: How South Korea became a democracy
THE GWANGJU TRAGEDY AND HOW SOUTH KOREA BECAME A DEMOCRACY (Via Wikipedia) In May 1980, peaceful demonstrations took place in Gwangju against Chun Doo-hwan, leader of the South Korean military coup d'état of December 12, 1979. The demonstrations were suppressed by military forces, including elite units of the Special Operations Command. The situation escalated after a violent crackdown, resulting in the Gwangju Uprising, where civilians raided armouries and armed themselves. By the time the uprising was suppressed 9 days later, many hundreds of civilians and several police forces / soldiers were dead. After civilian rule was reinstated in 1987, a national cemetery was established, honouring the victims of the incident. Professor Donald Baker witnessed the crackdown firsthand in 1980 and went on to study Korean history at the University of Washington. Since 1987 he has been teaching Korean history and civilization at the University of British Columbia. He will speak about his experiences and the influence of those events on contemporary South Korean politics.
37:22
April 8, 2019
Charlotte Ross - Nurses' addictions programs
Apologies for the poor audio quality in this recording. Charlotte Ross is a nurse who recently completed her PhD Thesis in SFU's Department of Health Sciences. Her research looked at substance use practices among nurses across Western Canada. Her work highlights the prevalence of AA or 12-Step based practices, despite participants disagreements with the moral and religious basis. She has interrogated some of the forces that have led to the dominance of 12-Step treatments and what alternatives exist. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca
42:02
March 14, 2019
Boris Reitman - Atheism Q&A and the history of Judaism
Boris Reitman runs the local Atheism Q&A meetup and has a background in philosophy. In this talk he will talk about his group and give one of his presentations on the origins of Judaism. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca
40:43
March 8, 2019
Lisa Shapiro: Becoming a thinking woman: Women and education in the 17th century
Lisa Shapiro is a professor of philosophy at Simon Fraser University. She heads New Narratives in the History of Philosophy, which aims to develop new narratives of our philosophical past that centrally include women thinkers, and thereby to reconfigure, enrich and reinvigorate the philosophical canon, focusing on the early modern period (roughly 1560-1810). In this talk she touches on the New Narratives project and a few women philosophers in the 17th Century who raised the prospect that men and women are equal and started schools for girls. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca
49:17
March 7, 2019
Arne Mooers - Are some animals more equal than others?
Are some animals more equal than others? SFU Professor Arne Mooers expands on his recent piece in The Conversation to look at the philosophy and ethics underlying efforts at conservation. https://theconversation.com/losing-some-species-may-matter-more-than-losing-others-108337
44:12
February 12, 2019
Bethany Lindsay - Reporting on pseudoscience
Bethany Lindsay is a CBC news reporter and former biologist. In 2018, she published investigations into bogus medical claims being made online, the lack of oversight of alternative medicines and BC chiropractors who promoted anti-vaccine messaging. She previously worked for the Vancouver Sun, North Shore News and CTV. She is the author of British Columbia Burning: The worst wildfire season in BC history.
33:55
February 6, 2019
Laura Track - Human rights in British Columbia
Laura is a human rights lawyer and the Director of Education in Community Legal Assistance Society's Human Rights Clinic. She advocates on behalf of people who have experienced discrimination and assists complainants to navigate BC’s human rights process. Laura also has a strong interest in making legal knowledge accessible. She delivers workshops and presentations to a wide variety of audiences to help people understand their human rights and comply with their legal obligations.
42:08
February 4, 2019
Nathanael Lauster - Death & Life of the Single Family House
Nathanael Lauster is an Associate Professor of Sociology at UBC and author of the award-winning book, The Death and Life of the Single Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City (Temple University Press). His book and work investigate the regulatory power attached to the house and its impact on the shape and inhabitability of North American cities. He examines the transformation of Vancouver as a key city and talk to residents about their experiences with housing. Since the 1960s, Vancouver has curbed sprawl and opened up more alternatives to the single family house than any other metropolis on the continent. During the same time it's become heralded as one of the world’s "most livable cities,” providing lessons for how other transformations might proceed. Interviews with residents provide insight into the cultural importance of the house and detail the urban problems it seems to solve, but also underscore its catastrophic impact. Too many houses create barriers to making the city a better and more sustainable home for all. Fortunately the evidence suggests the real viability of change. The book builds on historical (archival & census) and interview data, collected and analyzed with help from my recent SSHRC grant.
44:44
February 4, 2019
Ian Bushfield - Secular BC
2018 saw the end of Canada's blasphemy law, the rejection of TWU's law school and an easing of restrictions on charities' free speech. Building off this momentum, Humanists and secularists in British Columbia have the opportunity to make significant gains in 2019. Ian Bushfield, executive director of the BC Humanist Association, will outline some of the BCHA's priorities in our Secular BC campaign.
40:46
January 7, 2019
Ian Waddell - Pass the torch
Ian Waddell is a Canadian politician, author and filmmaker who served in the House of Commons from 1979 to 1993 and in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1996 to 2001. Currently, Waddell is a documentary film producer and a consultant in environmental and aboriginal affairs. In December 2013 he was appointed the honorary title of Queen’s Counsel for his merit and exceptional contribution to law. His film The Drop: Why Young People Don’t Votewon the Best Producer Award in the Beverly Hills Film Festival. He lives in Vancouver. He spoke to us about his new memoir, Take the Torch. He begins with reference to a recent CPAC interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5MrSAWy37k To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca
30:35
December 18, 2018
Sex Ed is Our Right
Two educators behind the "Sex Ed Is Our Right" campaign talk about the importance of sexual health, sexual orientation and gender identity education in BC schools. Ghada is from YouthCo HIV & Hep C Society and Darren is from the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health. To learn more about the campaign visit https://www.sexedisourright.ca/ To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca
29:04
December 10, 2018
Victoria Shroff - Animals and the law
V. Victoria Shroff is one of the first and longest serving animal law practitioners in Canada. She has been practising animal law civil litigation for nearly 20 years in Vancouver at Shroff and Associates and has been recognized for her work in animal law. She is adjunct professor of animal law at UBC’s Allard Hall Law School and is frequently interviewed by media. Ms Shroff also founded an animal law and social literacy program called Paws of Empathy. Contact her at shroff@telus.net, @shroffanimallaw, LinkedIn or https://experts.news.ubc.ca/expert/victoria-shroff/ Her presentation will run through her practice in the field, animal law 101 and she will have talking points about animal welfare and animal rights. She will include specific examples relevant to Canadian law concerning animal liability, cruelty, pet custody etc. She will also highlight some important international animal law trends. Finally, she'll touch on some social philosophy concepts that intersect with animal law. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca
46:40
December 3, 2018
Valorie Crooks - Medical Tourism Equity Ethics Safety
Valorie Crooks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. She is a health geographer and specialize in health services research. She is particularly interested in the spatial and place-based dimensions of health care delivery and receipt. She primary engages in non-hypothesis-testing qualitative research. She has been studying medical tourism since 2009 and has led and continues to lead several studies funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on this topic. She has a particular interest in understanding how patients experience obtaining privately-funded medical care abroad through this global health services industry. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit bchumanist.ca
48:38
November 26, 2018
Sharon Gregson - $10aDay
BC families face a crisis in accessing quality, affordable child care. Fees are too high — the second highest family expense after housing. Wait lists are too long — less that 20% of children under the age of 12 in BC have access to a regulated child care space. And too often families are forced into unregulated care, with no safety standards. The $10aDay Child Care Plan is the solution to BC’s child care crisis. Since its release, the $10aDay Child Care Plan has been enthusiastically endorsed and supported by a growing number of individuals and organizations. Sharon Gregson is an advocate for the $10aDay Child Care Campaign. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://www.bchumanist.ca
29:25
November 20, 2018
Let Peace Be Their Memorial 2018
Since 2016 the BC Humanist Association and Vancouver Peace Poppies have co-hosted ‘Let Peace be Their Memorial’, an annual wreath-laying ceremony. Held in Vancouver, BC on the afternoon of November 11, it commemorates civilian victims of war. About 200 people attended this year. This year our keynote speaker was Tima Kurdi of the Kurdi Foundation . A Syrian-born resident of Coquitlam, she has been speaking around the world of the plight of Syrian and other refugees. Her book “The Boy on the Beach” is a heartwarming and heartrending story about impossible choices forced on a happy ordinary family.
26:33
November 15, 2018
Donald Gutstein - The Big Stall
The Big Stall traces the origins of the government's climate change plan back to the energy sector itself — in particular Big Oil. It shows how, in the last fifteen years, Big Oil has infiltrated provincial and federal governments, academia, media and the non-profit sector to sway government and public opinion on the realities of climate change and what needs to be done about it. DONALD GUTSTEIN is a former professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University and co-director of NewsWatch Canada, a media-monitoring project at the school. He is the author of Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada as well as four other books on the links between large corporations, politics and the media. He lives in Vancouver. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://bchumanist.ca
37:24
November 13, 2018
Dr Lynne Marks - Infidels and the damn churches
Dr Lynne Marks is a professor of history at the University of Victoria. She studies Canadian history, women’s and gender history and the social history of religion/irreligion and atheism. Her 2017 book, ​Infidels and the Damn Churches: Irreligion and Religion in Settler British Columbia, looks at why British Columbians in the past have been less religious than those in the rest of Canada. This pattern remains true today, but she explores it for the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, asking questions about how this particularly secular pattern links to issues of gender and class, as well as race and racism, in this early period.
41:32
November 5, 2018
Craig Keating - What Jordan Peterson gets wrong about postmodernism
Craig Keating completed his PhD in 20th century European history at McMaster University in 1996. He joined the Department of History at Langara College in January 1992, and has also taught at UBC and Simon Fraser University. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit https://bchumanist.ca
50:06
October 22, 2018
Stephen Tweedale - Meta-Ethics and Progressive Politics
"The strongest reasons that count for or against any policy are always moral reasons," wrote philosophy student Stephen Tweedale at the beginning of a six-part blog series on developing an ethical framework for contemporary progressive politics. In this talk, Stephen will summarize his arguments, covering the ideas of John Rawls, TM Scanlon, Elizabeth Anderson and Martha Nussbaum. Stephen Tweedale is a philosophy student at Simon Fraser University and blogs about politics and philosophy at Popcorn Machine.
31:55
October 15, 2018
Kyla Lee - Cannabis impaired driving laws
SHOULD WE FEAR DRUG IMPAIRED DRIVERS? Kyla Lee is a partner at Acumen Law Corporation in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her practice focuses on impaired driving and roadside drug and alcohol testing. She is deeply concerned by new measures to be put in place by the government to address drug impaired driving and has been an outspoken public advocate against putting regulation before science and research. Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at https://bchumanist.ca
46:46
October 1, 2018
Rebecca Hamilton - Force of Nature: Our Moment of Power
"Our Moment of Power" highlights emerging transition projects throughout the Lower Mainland that are already revolutionizing how we live, move, work and grow. Moment of Power encourages participants from all age groups and audience types to collaborate on fresh ideas and smart strategies for their own municipalities' post-carbon future. Learn more about Force of Nature Alliance at http://www.forceofnaturealliance.ca Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at https://bchumanist.ca
25:32
September 26, 2018
Max Cameron - Political Institutions and Practical Wisdom
Should we send politicians back to school? If you want to be a doctor, nurse, teacher, lawyer, firefighter, soldier, or entrepreneur, we have schools for that. So, why don’t we have schools for politicians? Would you go to a doctor who had never been to medical school? Or fly on a plane with a pilot who has never gone to flight school? Of course not – so why is politics different? In this engaging talk, Prof Max Cameron explains how he helped create the world’s first school for politicians, and then explores the age-old question of whether politicians can be trained to be wise practitioners. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit bchumanist.ca
37:12
September 17, 2018
Alyssa Low and Dr Alan Low - Influenza, phamaceuticals and your health: healthy aging
Alyssa Low is a pharmacy student and discusses the influenza vaccine. Dr Alan Low is a registered pharmacist and Clinical Associate Professor with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, Primary Care Pharmacist at BioPro Biologics Pharmacy and Manager, Reimbursement and Medical Affairs with Servier Canada. Dr Low talks about questions to ask your pharmacist, alternative medicines and overmedication. Unfortunately, the last few minutes of this lecture didn't recorded. Access the slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B738A3AWVSZzaFVBWE1HVEVqV1J4WkxUbFZXZFZRdWhMdFFz/view?usp=sharing Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at https://bchumanist.ca
55:18
September 14, 2018
Ranil Prasad - BC's electoral reform referendum
This fall, British Columbians are being asked whether to keep the first past the post method of electing MLAs or switching to one of three forms of proportional representation. Ranil Prasad, Outreach Coordinator with Fair Vote Canada, will help us understand the reasons for the referendum, how it works and what the different options on the ballot are.
32:57
August 27, 2018
Joyce Arthur - The power of fake news and anti-choice lies
The power of fake news and anti-choice lies – how can pro-choice groups compete? Anti-choice groups in Canada get millions in government funding. This presentation will tell the story of how the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada exposed one major source of funding. Over 60 anti-choice groups were receiving federal “Canada Summer Jobs” grants to hire students. When it was revealed that one anti-choice group was using the funds to hire youth to display graphic images of aborted fetuses on city streets, the federal government responded by immediately cutting off funding for all anti-choice groups and changing the program’s eligibility criteria to exclude them in the future. But churches and religious groups created a huge backlash when they mistakenly thought the new criteria also made them ineligible. A media circus erupted, with most commentators repeating misinformation about the new criteria and drowning out fact-based corrections. Our successful effort to stop government funding of anti-choice groups was hijacked by churches, religious groups, and conservative politicians, who used a web of lies to mount a self-righteous martyr campaign and attack the pro-choice federal government. In the era of “fake news” and rampant right-wing propaganda, how can progressives get the facts out and their voices heard?
33:54
August 20, 2018
Ian Bushfield - Secularism and Canadian Law
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that law societies in British Columbia and Ontario could reject a proposed law school at Trinity Western University. The Supreme Court of Canada also ruled that courts cannot review the excommunication of a church member. Ian Bushfield, Executive Director of the BC Humanist Association will explore what these latest rulings mean for the state of secularism in Canada and where the next battlelines are likely to be.
58:34
July 30, 2018
Jordan Wadden - Testimony and its Place in Healthcare
When someone makes a claim about their health, can that testimony alone count as evidence to believe their statement? Whether we should take someone’s statements as evidence for anything is an important debate in philosophy, especially since testimony is a fundamental part of how humans interact. Some believe testimony can give a hearer knowledge, while others believe it is too unreliable to depend on. The importance of this debate emerges once we realise that, outside of philosophy, our individual stance on what counts as evidence will influence our judgments in politics, science, social interactions, and more. This talk will discuss two issues that result from philosophical discussions on testimony and its application to real-world healthcare. The first is what role testimony might have in healthcare, generally speaking. The second is what can happen to vulnerable populations if we dismiss the evidential power of testimony. Jordan Joseph Wadden is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. His areas of research interest are in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine, specifically regarding issues of access to healthcare. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit www.bchumanist.ca
50:46
July 23, 2018
Dr Katie Marshall: "But biology says...": The Humanist's Guide to the Galaxy of Sex Determination
What do biologists mean when they say "male" or "female"? Well... it's complicated. We'll be taking a romp through the complexities of sex determination through a wide range of species, including our own, to see that it's not as straightforward as "XX" and "XY". Katie Marshall is an Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Zoology at UBC. Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at support our work at www.bchumanist.ca
56:29
July 16, 2018
Lawyers Wes McMillan and Michael Spratt discuss TWU decision
In this interview, recorded on Monday, June 18, 2018, Ian Bushfield executive director of the BC Humanist Association speaks with Wes McMillan who served as pro-bono counsel for the BCHA at the Supreme Court of Canada and with Michael Spratt, cohost of the Canadian legal podcast The Docket. They discuss the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent ruling that upholds the decision by law societies in Ontario and BC to reject a proposed law school at Trinity Western University. TWU is an evangelical school here in BC that requires all students to sign a community covenant that forbids sex outside a heterosexual marriage. The law societies rejected the proposed school as a means of ensuring equal access to the bar for LGBTQ people. The decision is historic for its recognition of the importance of fighting homophobia and for the limits of what can be claimed under religious freedom. Ultimately the majority found that the harm to the LGBTQ community outweighed the impact on the religious freedom claimed by TWU and its supporters. Specifically the majority wrote, “Being required by someone else’s religious beliefs to behave contrary to one’s sexual identity is degrading and disrespectful.” To read more about our work on this case and our other efforts to defend secularism and human rights, visit bchumanist.ca Read more about the decision at https://www.bchumanist.ca/humanists_react_to_twu_decision
42:44
June 21, 2018
Bernie Garrett - Alternative Medicine Regulation in BC
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: IS THE REGULATION OF ALTERNATIVE PRACTITIONERS IN BC EFFECTIVE? In contemporary healthcare consumers are constantly assailed with health advertising and claims from various healthcare providers. Additionally, the alternative healthcare sector and has grown significantly over the past two decades prompting research into the possible motivators and factors associated with its uptake. With a number of high profile cases in the media recently, there is now growing concern that the regulation of alternative healthcare providers in BC is problematic. This session will explore some of the issues that exist with our current regulatory framework, and the risks to public health this poses. Dr Bernie Garrett is an Associate Professor at the UBC School of Nursing. Dr Garrett’s current work is focused in two main camps. 1) Nursing science, philosophy, and the use of deceptive and non-evidence based practices in contemporary healthcare (including alternative medicine). 2) The use of virtual and augmented reality in clinical applications. Prior to this he worked in the field of information technology particularly in the use of educational technology, simulation, e-portfolios, virtual and augmented reality at UBC. His work is underpinned by a passion for the philosophy of science and evidence-based practice.
51:50
June 18, 2018
Penny Gurstein - Community Planning for the Marginalized
Dr Penny Gurstein is Professor and Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Centre for Human Settlements at UBC. She specializes in the socio-cultural aspects of community planning with particular emphasis on those who are the most marginalized in planning processes. Her research focuses on developing strategies and interventions that encourage diversity, equity and urban sustainability in the planning and design of communities. Her current research is investigating strategies for affordable homeownership and rental housing both internationally and in Canada. She is founding Director of the Housing Research Collaborative a community of housing researchers, providers and policy makers focused on understanding systemic impediments in the housing system and the development of models to address housing unaffordability. Previously, she was the Principal Investigator of the Future of Public Housing Project focusing on publicly-assisted housing, and co-Principal Investigator of Housing Justice, a Peter Wall Solutions Initiative project, focusing on housing access and affordability. Recent books include: Learning Civil Societies: Shifting Contexts for Democratic Planning and Governance (with L. Angeles, 2007, U. of Toronto Press); and Wired to the World, Chained to the Home: Telework in Daily Life (2001, UBC Press). She has also worked on capacity building projects in developing countries focusing on gender and youth development issues most notably in Brazil and has considerable experience working with community groups in the greater Vancouver region. Past research projects focused on youth engagement and "the hard to house." Other projects include two major studies funded by SSHRC. One, funded by SSHRC INE (Initiative on the New Economy) investigated the impact of e-work on companies and communities, in Canada and internationally. The other, funded by SSHRC MCRI (Major Collaborative Research Initiative) looked at the impact of government reduction of social services on single parent families on income assistance (http://includingallchildren.educ.ubc.ca/work-research/child-project/). She is Co-Chair of the Pacific Housing Research Network and a registered member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She is the 2016 recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Education, Training and Development and in 2018 was awarded the Faculty of Applied Science Dean's Medal of Distinction. Dr. Gurstein has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of BC Housing Management Commission from 2018 to 2021.
39:17
June 18, 2018
Tom Sandborn - Hell's History
Hell's History is an in-depth publication on the USW's fight to prevent workplace deaths and injuries from the 1992 Westray mine disaster through 2016. Written by former Tyee journalist Tom Sandborn, Hell's History revisits a number of tragic workplace deaths, outlining the failures of employers to keep workers safe and the ongoing need for stronger enforcement of the Westray Law. Download a copy or learn more about the campaign at https://www.usw.ca/act/activism/health-safety-and-environment/resources/hells-history
41:52
June 4, 2018
Molly Babel - Speech perception and production
Molly Babel is the director of UBC's Speech in Context Lab. Broadly, she is interested in speech perception and production, and there is a strong theme of cross-linguistic and cross-dialectal inquiry in her work. More specifically, her research program focuses on the role of experience and exposure to phonetic and phonological knowledge, how social knowledge may be manifested phonetically, and the mental representation of phonetic and phonological knowledge. A significant portion of her work explores how interacting language systems influence one another on a phonetic level. She has investigated this within bilingual speakers (English and Northern Paiute), across dialects (Australian and New Zealand Englishes), and within dialects (American English). She also has a strong interest in language documentation and description; with colleagues at University of California, Berkeley, she conducted fieldwork on Northern Paiute (Numic; Uto-Aztecan). Note: Apologies for the audio quality in the first ~4 minutes. It improves after that. We are also aiming to upload a video recording of this talk to our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/BCHumanist
48:29
May 28, 2018
LA Dixon - Critiquing Steven Pinker's Brand of Optimism
L.A. Dixon, a writer, academic and high school history and science teacher specializing in critical thinking, discusses whether Steven Pinker's new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, contributes to or detracts from the Secular Humanist cause. Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at www.bchumanist.ca
46:30
May 15, 2018
Borderlines - Immigration law with Steven Muerrens and Peter Edelmann
How does Canada's immigration system work? How does Canada accept refugees? What are some of the current concerns? Immigration lawyers Steven Muerrens and Peter Edelmann are part of the team behind the podcast Borderlines that discusses these questions and they joined us to discuss them. https://soundcloud.com/borderlinespodcast Find out more about the BC Humanist Association at www.bchumanist.ca
1:15:31
May 1, 2018
Proportional Representation Debate - David Moscrop vs Bill Tieleman
In the fall BC will vote whether to adopt a system of proportional representation or maintain its current first-past-the-post electoral system. This week we'll have representatives from a group arguing for the current system and a group arguing for change. Arguing for "Yes PR BC" is David Moscrop. David is a political theorist and postdoctoral fellow in the Scholarly Communications Lab at Simon Fraser University. He studies democratic deliberation, citizenship, and how we communicate with one another and make political decisions. He writes for Maclean's Magazine and a few other outlets, and provides regular political commentary for television, radio, and print. He's currently working on a book about why we make bad political decisions and how we can make better ones (Fall, 2019). Arguing for "No PR BC" is Bill Tieleman. Bill is a political panelist regularly on CBC Radio and TV in BC and with other media. Bill has been Communications Director in the B.C. Premier's Office and at the BC Federation of Labour. Bill owns West Star Communications, a consulting firm providing strategy and communication services for labour, business, non-profits and government. Find out more about the BC Humanist Association at www.bchumanist.ca
1:12:24
April 24, 2018
Kate Bird - City on Edge
City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes features photographs from the collection of The Vancouver Sun and The Province which capture moments in history when Vancouverites showed up, stepped up, and made some noise—or exploded in anger— about a wide range of issues. Kate Bird is the author of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes and Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for the 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award. Both books were published by Greystone Books. Kate is a professional librarian with a Masters of Library & Information Science from the University of Western Ontario, a B.A. in Art History from the University of British Columbia, and a diploma in photography from Emily Carr College of Art. She worked as a news research librarian at The Vancouver Sun and The Province for twenty-five years, where she did research for reporters and helped manage a large photograph collection and digital image archive. Find her book at http://www.katebird.ca/ Unfortunately we don't have the rights to share images from Kate's book or talk online. Find out more about the BC Humanist Association at www.bchumanist.ca
34:43
April 17, 2018
Trevor Melanson - Clean Energy Canada
Trevor Melanson manages communications at Clean Energy Canada. Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy think tank within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. They work to accelerate our nation’s transition to clean and renewable energy systems by telling the story of the gshift to clean and low-carbon energy sources. They conduct original research, host dialogues and aim to inspire and inform policy leadership. View the slides at https://www.slideshare.net/bchumanist/trevor-melanson-clean-energy-canada Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at www.bchumanist.ca
1:10:28
April 11, 2018
Dr Diane Finegood - Health & Wellness in the Age of Complexity
The world is becoming increasingly complex and complexity often leads to despair, retreat and believing a problem is beyond hope. But there are ways to tackle complex problems that are different from approaches that work for simple or complicated problems. We will discuss some of the characteristics that give rise to complex or “wicked” problems and how systems thinking can shift the way we approach them. "Dr Diane Finegood is currently seconded to SFU’s Centre for Dialogue where she is developing an innovative new Semester in Dialogue on health and wellness. She returned to SFU in July 2017 after a 5-year leave of absence to serve as the President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Diane has also served in other leadership roles including: inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2000-2008), Executive Director of The CAPTURE Project (2009-2012) and Principal Investigator on the b-Cell Apoptosis Network (1999-2004). "Diane’s scholarship has spanned the four pillars of health research ranging from basic biomedical science and clinical research on both type 1 and type 2 diabetes to health services research and population and public health research relevant to obesity and chronic disease prevention. Her current research interests include public-private partnerships and systems thinking to address complex problems." [via SFU] Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at www.bchumanist.ca
1:15:20
April 9, 2018
M Assadullah - Restorative Justice
M. Asadullah is a PhD candidate (ABD) and former sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University's School of Criminology, BC, Canada. Previously, he was a sessional faculty of Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley and a guest lecturer at the University of Dhaka’s Victimology and Restorative Justice, Bangladesh. Asad researches Restorative Justice, Nonviolent Communication, Conflict Resolution, Peacemaking Criminology, and Youth Justice. He enjoys supporting community-based justice organizations, and offering Intro to NVC in prison and faith-based settings. Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at www.bchumanist.ca
1:05:46
April 9, 2018
Human Rights Dialogue Q&A
Audience questions & answers from Is Christianity or Secular Humanism a better foundation for human rights?: A conversation Between a Christian and a Secular Humanist This event was hosted on February 28, 2018 by Apologetics Canada in partnership with Westside Church in Vancouver, BC. Women's rights, LGBTQ rights - there is no shortage of causes vying for our attention. Underlying all such causes is the concept of human rights. Which worldview provides a better foundation for it - Christianity or Secular Humanism? Ian Bushfield is Executive Director of the BC Humanist Association Dr Andy Bannister is Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at https://www.bchumanist.ca
43:13
March 13, 2018
Dr Claire Cupples - Germ Warfare
Germ warfare: The evolutionary struggle between microbes and mammals Dr Claire Cupples is Dean of Science at Simon Fraser University and a Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. Dr Cupples received her BSc at the University of Victoria, her MSc at the University of Calgary and her PhD at York University. She pursued post-doctoral studies at UCLA. She has held academic and administrative positions previously at Concordia University, in Montreal, and at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on the causes, consequences and prevention of mutations in microbes and in humans. Dr. Cupples has taught university courses in microbial molecular biology for 20 years and currently serves as President of the Canadian Council of Deans of Science and sits on the boards of TRIUMF, BCNet, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and the Science Fair Foundation of BC. Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at https://www.bchumanist.ca
46:25
March 12, 2018
Human Rights Dialogue between Ian Bushfield and Dr Andy Bannister
Is Christianity or Secular Humanism a better foundation for human rights?: A conversation Between a Christian and a Secular Humanist This event was hosted on February 28, 2018 by Apologetics Canada in partnership with Westside Church in Vancouver, BC. Women's rights, LGBTQ rights - there is no shortage of causes vying for our attention. Underlying all such causes is the concept of human rights. Which worldview provides a better foundation for it - Christianity or Secular Humanism? Ian Bushfield is Executive Director of the BC Humanist Association Dr Andy Bannister is Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at https://www.bchumanist.ca
1:04:21
March 8, 2018
Jaymie Matthews - What the astronomy books don't tell you
Dr Jaymie Matthews is a Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of British Columbia. He's recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Officer of the Order of Canada and other teaching awards. What the textbooks don't tell you explores the human stories behind some of the great astronomical discoveries. Learn more about the BC Humanist Association and support our work at https://www.bchumanist.ca
1:10:15
March 5, 2018
Recovery International
Recovery Canada is a registered non profit organization offering peer led training in cognitive behavioural techiques to relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Their leaders and assistant leaders are unpaid volunteers. The parent organization is Recovery International based in Chicago, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. There are over 600 weekly peer led self help mental health training meetings held around the world. Gordon Chung is the Burnaby Recovery Group Leader. Sigal and Ezra are members of Recovery. "At Recovery International Meetings, you learn and use practical cognitive behavioural tools to deal with anxiety, depression, stress and anger in a safe supportive group setting. Recovery is also particularly suited to dealing with relationship problems. Relationship and marital counselling typically requires the attendance of both partners. Recovery is one of the few methods to heal relationships without the participation of the spouse or significant other. The group format provides hope as the experienced members demonstrate their improvement to the new members. The meeting also provides social contact for those isolated by fear, anxiety and depression. Meetings are peer led, anonymous, open to everyone, and we only request a voluntary $5.00 contribution to cover administrative costs. We do understand that some may not be employed, in those cases a contribution of any amount would be very appreciated. "The Recovery International Method is a system of cognitive behavioural self help techniques for controlling behaviour and changing attitudes. People who practice the living skills detailed in the Recovery International Method learn to change their thoughts and behaviours; changes in attitudes and beliefs follow. "Neuropsychiatrist Abraham Low, MD, developed these self help techniques, which are explained in his books such as Mental Health Through Will Training, The Wisdom of Dr. Low, the RI Discovery Workbook and Peace vs Power in the Family."
28:41
February 19, 2018
Sonja Luehrmann - Looking For Positive Atheism In The Soviet Union
Atheism was mandated by the Soviet Union but, as Humanists know well, promotion of "there is no God" can only go so far. The state therefore turned to more positive propaganda messages to promote atheism. What are these messages and how did these messages challenge traditional family relationships and ideas about gender promoted by religion and the Church? Dr Sonja Luehrmann is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. Drawing on ethnographic and archival methods, her research engages questions of human transformability: how people live their lives through shifting socioeconomic and political conditions, and how various religious and secular institutions appeal to the human capacity to change habits and convictions, while attempting to steer it in particular directions. Geographically, she is particularly interested in multi-ethnic and multi-religious areas such as Russia’s Volga region, where ideological transformations get bound up with changing perceptions of self and other. She has published two books on Soviet atheism and its effects on post-Soviet religion and historical memory: Secularism Soviet Style: Teaching Atheism and Religion in a Volga Republic (Indiana, 2011) and Religion in Secular Archives: Soviet Atheism and Historical Knowledge (Oxford, 2015). Dr Luehrmann is currently working on a book about anti-abortion activism in the post-Soviet Russian Orthodox Church, where activists attempt to transform popular attitudes toward past and present reproductive decisions. Together with colleagues based in the United States, Russia, Germany, and Hungary, she recently completed a collaborative project investigating the relationship between sensory perception and ethical values in Orthodox Christian prayer. [Via SFU] The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
31:15
January 21, 2018
Barry Webster - Memorial Society of BC
Barrie Webster is president of the Victoria Secular Humanist Association and the Memorial Society of BC. Barrie will speak about both organizations. The Memorial Society of British Columbia (MSBC) is a non-profit organization formed in 1956 to help its members to plan funerals that are simple, dignified and affordable. As a member of MSBC, you can plan your farewell with the confidence that you have the largest consumer group in B.C. protecting your interests — and the interests of your loved ones when it’s time to make funeral arrangements. Membership gives you peace of mind and the assurance that your final wishes will be fulfilled. And membership helps reduce stress for your family at their time of need. Simply put, you have someone on your side. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
23:20
January 14, 2018
Barry Webster - Victoria Secular Humanist Association
Barrie Webster is president of the Victoria Secular Humanist Association and the Memorial Society of BC. Barrie will speak about both organizations. The VSHA is one of Canada's oldest Humanist groups in Canada (since 1953). They offer a community for the non-religious in the Victoria area, and a forum for discussing and advancing a secular worldview based on our common humanity. They have a variety of regular activities which are free and open to the public. On Sunday mornings throughout the year, they have a social breakfast at the Cedar Hill Golf Course. Presentations with speakers are offered on Sundays every few weeks from September to May. And on the first and third Wednesday evening each month, they have a Humanist Cafe with open discussion of topics of interest. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
13:11
January 14, 2018
Anne George - Injury Inequality
Anne George is Associate Professor Emerita Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on public and population health, and on examining social determinants of health, including: The health and well-being of populations, including immigrant and refugees, and aboriginal peoples alcohol and alcohol-related risks, including alcohol exposure during pregnancy improved health research practice, particularly with respect to ethical considerations together with fellow UBC Professor Mariana Brussoni, she has studied injury rates in BC's indigenous communities, and written about that research in The Conversation. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
28:00
January 7, 2018
Ian Bushfield - Humanism & the paranormal
Ian Bushfield, executive director of the BC Humanist Association, explores Humanist views on the paranormal at the Sunday, October 29, 2017 Vancouver meeting. Learn more about the BCHA and support our work at http://www.bchumanist.ca
1:16:45
December 18, 2017
Paulo Muir - Zero Waste Canada
Zero Waste Canada (ZWC) is a non-profit grassroots organization, dedicated to helping end the age of wasting through better design & education! Zero Waste Canada works with individuals, businesses and communities across Canada to support continuous reuse of resources and promotes the elimination of landfills and waste-to-energy plants. They also advocate at all levels of government for responsible resource management and policies, legislation and initiatives that eliminate waste. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca
21:17
December 10, 2017
Dr. Eddie Win - Burma & the Rohingya crisis
Dr Kanbawaza (Ba or Eddie) Win is a Burmese Canadian and political scientist. During his years in Burma he witnessed students shot at point-blank range during protests against the junta in 1962. He took part in the 8888 Movement and is an active supporter of democracy and federalism in Myanmar. Dr Win will cover the modern history of Burma leading to the current crisis facing the Rohingya people. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings. http://www.bchumanist.ca
50:28
December 3, 2017
Sonia Milbradt - The New BC Curriculum
The Government of BC has recently introduced a revised curriculum (https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/) for all students that moves an emphasis from content to competencies. What does this mean for teachers and science education? Sonia Milbradt is a high school science teacher in Burnaby. She has a MSc in Physics from Simon Fraser University and a BEd from UBC. From 2013-2015 she taught in England. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
58:50
December 1, 2017
Muju Naeem - From Islam To Atheism
Muju Naeem - From Islam To Atheism by BC Humanist Association
1:04:28
November 20, 2017
Let Peace Be Their Memorial 2017
On Remembrance Day About 180 people joined us (despite the rain) in Vancouver at Seaforth Peace Park Saturday Nov 11 at 2:30 pm for Let Peace be Their Memorial - Mourning Less-Recognized Victims of War a wreath laying ceremony commemorating civilian victims of war and conflict. This free, public, city sanctioned event was again co-hosted by Vancouver Peace Poppies and the BC Humanist Association at the south plaza of Seaforth Peace Park (Burrard @ 1st Ave) from 2:30 to 3:45pm on Remembrance Day. http://www.peacepoppies.ca/ http://www.bchumanist.ca/
1:08:37
November 15, 2017
Jerry Steinberg - No Kidding
No Kidding! was founded by Jerry Steinberg in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1984. After searching for a social club for childfree couples and singles and finding that none existed, he decided to take the initiative and start a group on his own. Today, No Kidding! has over 40 active chapters. Jerry has recently retired from No Kidding! to become the Founding Non-Father Emeritus, but he is glad the organization is continuing. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca
25:02
November 12, 2017
Greg Oliver, Canadian Secular Alliance, presents to justice committee on repealing blasphemy laws
On Monday, October 30, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights met to continue its discussions over the bill to amend the criminal code. The BC Humanist Association last week submitted our brief to the committee setting out why we support the government's decision to repeal sections 296 and 176 which prohibit blasphemous libel and disrupting a religious service respectively. In this recording from the committee, Greg Oliver, President of the Canadian Secular Alliance, testifies before the committee with arguments largely similar to our own. In the questions from MPs he's also joined by Janet Epp Buckingham, Professor, Laurentian Leadership Centre, Trinity Western University and Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, Bishop Lionel Gendron, President and lawyer Bruce F. Simpson, Specialized Partner in Criminal Law, Barnes Sammon LLP all from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. To read our submission and to find out how you can support our efforts to repeal Canada's blasphemy law, visit: http://www.bchumanist.ca/repeal_canada_s_blasphemy_laws_justice_committee_brief
35:13
November 1, 2017
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy
A panel of activists speaks about the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy and social justice. The mission of SANSAD is to develop a secular democratic South Asian diaspora in Canada. Their goal is to create a secular democratic force within the South Asian diaspora through education and engagement in the struggle for peace, social justice, human rights, democratic rights, and a sustainable world. Their concerns embrace their homelands, adopted land, and other lands where people share our interests. The presenters (in order) are: Jovian Radheshwar is a rap artist, poet and recording artist. Born in Bombay and raised in New York, Jovian taught Black Studies and Political Science in Santa Barbara, California. He currently lives in Vancouver where he teaches Political Science at Douglas College. Jovian finds in rap a powerful medium for making a statement both personally and politically. As MC Bitter Buffalo on the album “No Hooks” (2012), Jovian collaborated with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world. As part of the Endangered Species collective, he performed shows in Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, Goleta, and Los Angeles, California. Sejal Lal was born to South Asian parents, and grew up in Surrey in a confusing diasporic whirlwind of classical Indian dance classes, classical Western violin lessons, and grew up listening to 90's R&B. She also has a degree in Environmental Geography, where she began learning about natural resource management and the true history of colonization on these unceded Coast Salish Territories. Sejal's learning about her place here on these territories, as a settler, and a young womxn of colour, is where she gets her drive to talk about identities, race, gender, justice and goodness - and music is her outlet. Sejal is a member of the hip-hop/R&B collective Laydy Jams, an all-womxn-of-colour group featuring a mix of 3-part harmonies, electric violin, with a bit of 90's throwback. We work to promote minority empowerment, the arts, and social justice amongst youth. Sameena Siddiqi is a PhD student in Art History at UBC. She was born in India and studied at Shanti Niketan, the premier institution focusing on fine arts in India. Samia Khan is a recent graduate from UBC. She was born of Pakistani parents in Surrey, where she has grown up. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca
46:32
October 23, 2017
Maggie Rayner - In Polygamy's Shadow
Maggie Rayner is one of the women, who, with Jancis Andrews, began lobbying the BC government in 2004 to take action on the abuses in Bountiful. After CBC’s, The Fifth Estate documentary, Leaving Bountiful, aired, she spent time with Debbie Palmer and was saddened to learn specific details of the abuses taking place in the community. Her ancestors were polygamists and her parents, mainstream Mormons (devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,commonly known as Mormon, or LDS), were waiting to resume the practice in their Mormon heaven. She was raised on the West Coast and when she was eleven, FLDS polygamists from Bountiful visited her mainstream LDS congregation. She watched an aging polygamist court her 16-year-old sister. She considers herself fortunate to have escaped being married off to a polygamist. At eighteen she chose between church and family, and the freedom to learn how to think for herself and make her own decisions. Her recent memoir, In Polygamy’s Shadow: From a Mormon Childhood to a Life of Choice is available through the Vancouver Public Library, a number of other libraries, and on-line distributors and retailers. She received an endorsement from Craig Jones, the litigator on the 2009 Polygamy Reference Case, who wrote, A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy. She was the keynote speaker for the University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft last December, and has presented at a number of libraries. The question she's often asked when she present is,”How did you get so normal?” She laughs when she answer, “I’m not.” The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca
40:59
October 15, 2017
Joyce Arthur - Conscientious Objections (to Abortion)
A global consensus has taken hold in the healthcare field that doctors who object to abortion and other reproductive healthcare for personal or religious reasons should be allowed to refuse to provide care. But measures to regulate the exercise of “conscientious objection” (CO) so that women can still have access to abortion have fallen far short. The result has been rampant abuse of the “right” to CO in many countries. In countries such as Italy, Poland, and Spain, a majority of Obstetricians/Gynecologists refuse to provide abortions or even refer women to another doctor. In this presentation, Joyce Arthur will explain why CO is unethical and harmful and should be eliminated from healthcare, and describe how she and others have been fighting to turn around the consensus in favour of CO – and making some progress! Joyce Arthur is the founder and Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), which protects the legal right to abortion on request and works to improve access to quality abortion services. She's a writer and activist. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca
54:57
October 8, 2017
Eiynah - Critiquing Islam in the time of the rising right
Eiynah is a Pakistani-Canadian illustrator/blogger who writes and draws about sexuality in South Asia (mostly Pakistan), religion, politics, feminism, godlessness. Her podcast is Polite Conversations. Follow her on twitter @nicemangos or Facebook and support her work on Patreon. Eiynah spoke to us remotely. https://soundcloud.com/politeconversations https://twitter.com/NiceMangos
26:39
October 4, 2017
Eric Merkley - Political Bias
What on earth is going on with American politics? Fake news? Eric Merkley demystifies our instincts to develop bias, how they are targeted by politics, and how to overcome them to make our political discourse more productive, civil and factual. Eric Merkley is a Ph.D. candidate at UBC’s Department of Political Science and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar. His research focuses on how citizens make judgments on public policy in the context of limited information and motivation. His recent ongoing projects explore why American voters polarized on climate change, and more broadly on the conditions under which public preferences may diverge from expert opinion, such as on free trade, and genetically modified foods. Eric has provided expert commentary on U.S. elections, polling and public opinion, and campaign strategy for outlets such as the CBC, Breakfast Television, Roundhouse Radio, and News 1130. He has also recently worked as a Research Associate at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, specializing in agriculture policy. Eric holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and Social Statistics from McGill University. View Eric's slides: https://www.slideshare.net/bchumanist/eric-merkley-coming-to-grips-with-political-bias The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca
39:13
September 24, 2017
Derrick O'Keefe - Vancouver Tenant's Union
The Vancouver Tenants Union seeks to build a base of tenants throughout the city to establish political power to create change. Over 50% of Vancouver households are rentals, yet tenants continue to be disempowered and disconnected. In an effort to address this, the Vancouver Tenants Union is committed to educating renters on their rights and standing up to landlords and developers who persistently compromise our security and livelihood. We are fighting for the rights of tenants and the preservation of affordable housing. Everyone, regardless of class, lifestyle, ability, age, gender, race, sexuality, or citizenship deserves a safe, secure, and affordable home. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). Keep up to date with our current topics at http://bchumanist.ca
41:12
September 17, 2017
Ian Bushfield - On Trinity Western University
Ian talks about the status of the legal battle for Trinity Western University to exercise a charter that evangelizes and implicitly discriminates against non-Christians. It questions the nature of religious organization and what rights they have. He discusses the role and efforts of the BCHA in standing for secularism and human rights. Make a donation to support our campaign: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/27636 Read our response: http://www.bchumanist.ca/bcha_scc_twu_arguments
37:14
September 10, 2017
Stacey Hrushowy - Salmon Diseases
Stacey Hrushowy is a Masters student in biology at Simon Fraser University. She studies the role of microparasites like bacteria and viruses in wild populations of salmon and trout, and just completed her third field season on the beautiful Central Coast of BC in the unceded territory of the Oweekeno First Nation. Before this, Stacey studied archaeology and biology at UVic and has spent time working with seabirds in Alaska, steelhead in California, and school children at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Over the past ten years she has worn a diversity of hats ranging from science educator to cider maker and spanning a lot in between. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).
53:18
September 3, 2017
Chris Levenson - Poetry Readings
Christopher Levenson taught English and Creative writing at Carleton University, Ottawa, and now lives in Vancouver. He has publish 12 books of poetry. Arriving at Night won the Archibald Lampman Award in 1978. He was co-founder and first editor of Arc magazine and series editor of Carleton University Press’s Harbinger imprint for first books of poetry. His 12th book A tattered coat upon a stick has just been published. Recorded at our August 27, 2017 Sunday meeting in Vancouver, BC.
32:38
August 27, 2017
Lee Moller - The God Con
The crucifix is in! You can fool most of the people most of the time. In The God Con, Lee Moller, a life-long atheist and skeptic, looks at organized religion through the lens of the con. Organized religion has been selling an invisible product, that it never has to deliver, for thousands of years. It has given us bigotry, rampant paedophilia, terrorism, and bloodshed beyond imagining. And its acolytes have, in turn, given organized religion power over their bank accounts, their reproduction, and their very "souls." The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). http://bchumanist.ca
54:22
August 20, 2017
Daphne Bramham - Bountiful polygamy tials and religious freedom
Daphne Bramham has been a columnist at the Vancouver Sun since 2000 and has won numerous awards for her writing, including a National Newspaper Award. She was named Commentator of the Year by the Jack Webster Foundation in 2005 and was honoured by the non-profit group Beyond Borders for a series of columns on the polygamous community of Bountiful, BC. She is author of the 2009 book The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada's Polygamous Mormon Sect and has been providing extensive coverage of the trial in the Vancouver Sun. Recorded at the Sunday, August 13, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
41:38
August 14, 2017
Kat Anderson - Ocean Acidification
Kat's main interest is in how changes in the physical environment alter biological interactions. My current research focuses specifically on how the addition carbon dioxide (ocean acidification) changes competition and herbivory in seaweed communities. Understanding the outcomes of anthropogenic climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing biologists today; while we expect that climate change will have large impacts on community structure and ecosystem function, we have only a minimal understanding of what those impacts will be. @KatMAnderson The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).
34:57
July 30, 2017
Helio Da Costa - Freemasonry & Humanism
Last June Freemasonry celebrated worldwide its 300th anniversary as an organisation, although Freemasonic Lodges have existed, as historically proven, since at least the 1600’s. There are over 5 million members in the world today who made an oath never to reveal its secrets. What are its tenets and what does it stand for? Is there any relationship between Freemasonry and Humanism? For an answer to these and other questions, Helio Da Costa, a Freemason for 32 years, a Humanist and a descendant from Freemasons on both sides of his family will reveal some aspects of this institution. Helio is one of our board members. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
52:03
July 23, 2017
Shalaleh Rismani - Open Roboethics Institute
As applications of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) extend to areas outside of industrial environments, it is increasingly important for designers and policy makers to address the question of “What should an autonomous system do?” For example, what should a robot do when it is on an urgent mission to deliver a package to someone upstairs, but the elevator is already occupied by someone else? Designing the robot to always yield (or never yield) might be a matter of a design decision for roboticists. But it also has normative implications with regards to systematically shaping priority relationships in human-robot interaction. The speaker advocates that designers shouldn't be the only ones left with the task of figuring out answers to these questions, especially when there's lack of guidelines on what the right answers are and how to implement them. The future adopters need to have increased awareness of how to use these technologies in a way that connects to their social and ethical ideals. Drawing from examples in roboethics and AI ethics, this talk will present approaches to integrating ethics in the design of autonomous systems and how we could go about improving how we use them at work and home. Speaker Bio: Shalaleh Rismani is the executive member of Open Roboethics Institute which spun out of the Open Roboethics initiative (ORi), an international roboethics think tank hosted at University of British Columbia. Since its inception in 2012, ORi has been exploring roboethics questions in the domain of self-driving vehicles, care robots, and lethal autonomous weapons systems by taking on stakeholder-inclusive approaches to the questions. Currently, ORi is partnering with researchers and institutes globally to move forward the research and the challenges that come with the use of machine learning and robotic systems in various systems. Shalaleh completed a Masters of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering at UBC and specializes in understanding the role of technology in society by investigating networks of human activity. She has been involved in wide range of design projects including design of a surgical instrument for low-resource environments to the development of a user interface for shared control of a power wheelchair. She has a vested interest in engineering education and the performing arts. Her diverse experiences allow her to effectively think through multi-faceted ethical and social challenges that come with the incorporation of artificial intelligence and robotic systems within the workplace and at home. Learn more about ORi at http://www.openroboethics.org/ Recorded at the Sunday, July 16, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
33:21
July 17, 2017
Ann Livingston - Overdose Prevention
Donate to the Overdose Prevention Society: https://www.gofundme.com/wesavelives In September, 2016, three women were so concerned about the growing fentanyl overdose crisis that they set up a tent & table in an alley behind the DTES Market they managed. In potential violation of the law, they set up a drug injection/ consumption site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to combat the many overdose deaths. About Ann: Ann Livingston is a creative, energetic and focused community organizer, who has made significant contributions to improving access to health care for people who use illegal drugs at the local, regional and national levels. After co founding the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) with poet/ activist Bud Osborn in 1998, she was employed as VANDU,s executive program director for 10 years. She encouraged people who use drugs, who are criminalized and labeled mentally ill, to form citizen associations and insist that they design and implement harm reduction programs. Consequently, VANDU had, and continues to have, a major influence on the public dialogue around heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and crack use and the people who are users of these illegal substances. After many years of advocacy, public education, marching in the streets and civil disobedience, Vancouver finally has a government sanctioned injection site and is hosting a second heroin prescription trial. In her current role as a volunteer with the BC Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors, Ann is meeting with marginalized, homeless people who use illegal drugs in Surrey and Abbotsford where bylaws have been implemented banning harm reduction services for drug users. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings. View the slides: https://www.slideshare.net/bchumanist/overdose-prevention-society
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July 10, 2017
Naser Najjar - Humanitarianism and the Red Cross
Nasser Najjar was formerly the spokesperson and head of communications for the International Committee of Red Cross mainly in Gaza, Palestine and went to other short mission in different places in the Middle East. He was also a researcher for Human Rights Watch and had documented violations committed against civilians in Gaza and refugees along the Turkish-Syrian border. In addition, Nasser had worked for a UN agency as a production manager. He wrote for some paper such as USAToday, Al Monitor, Gulfnews and worked as a producer for New York times. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
39:02
July 10, 2017
Dr Ellen Wiebe - One year of medical assistance in dying
Dr. Ellen Wiebe is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. After 30 years of full-service family practice, she now restricts her practice to women’s health and assisted death. She is the Medical Director of Willow Women’s Clinic in Vancouver and provides medical and surgical abortions and contraception. She developed Hemlock Aid to provide consultations for doctors and patients about aid in dying and provides assisted death. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
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July 10, 2017
David Shiffman - Why Sharks Matter
Why sharks matter: the ecological and economic importance of sharks, threats they face, and how you can help. Dr. David Shiffman is a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University, where his research focuses on the sustainability of Canadian shark fisheries. He is also an award winning science communicator who has written about sharks for the Washington Post, Scientific American, and other outlets. Follow him on twitter @WhySharksMatter The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup). For more details on how to find the centre: http://www.bchumanist.ca/oakridge_seniors_centre
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June 18, 2017
Carrie Jenkins - What Love Is
Carrie Jenkins is a philosopher and author of the new book: What Love Is "Aside from being the title of many a popular love song, this is one of life's perennial questions. In What Love Is, philosopher Carrie Jenkins offers a bold new theory on the nature of romantic love that reconciles its humanistic and scientific components. Love can be a social construct (the idea of a perfect fairy tale romance) and a physical manifestation (those anxiety- inducing heart palpitations); we must recognize its complexities and decide for ourselves how to love. Motivated by her own polyamorous relationships, she examines the ways in which our parameters of love have recently changed-to be more accepting of homosexual, interracial, and non-monogamous relationships-and how they will continue to evolve in the future. Full of anecdotal, cultural, and scientific reflections on love, What Love Is is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand what it means to say "I love you." Whether young or old, gay or straight, male or female, polyamorous or monogamous, this book will help each of us decide for ourselves how we choose to love." Carrie SI Jenkins is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and a nationally elected Canada Research Chair. Jenkins received her BA, MPhil and PhD degrees from Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read philosophy in the analytic tradition shaped by Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and GE Moore. She previously held academic posts at the University of St Andrews, the Australian National University, and the University of Michigan. She tweets @carriejenkins. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).
57:40
June 11, 2017
David Moscrop - Can we make good political decisions?
One of the stories we tell ourselves is that human beings are dispassionate, rational, calculating machines. We collect data, we weigh evidence, we discuss, we debate, we judge, we decide. Not quite. Evidence suggests that when it comes to decision making, we're often biased, emotional, and irrational -- and there are few better examples of this than how we do politics. I'll discuss emotional, irrational decision making in the context of the recent rise of of nationalist and xenophobic populism in North America and Europe. David Moscrop is a PhD candidate in political science at UBC researching political theory/decision making. He has also written and commented for Macleans and BC1. To learn more, you can read David's dissertation online: https://open.library.ubc.ca/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0343290 The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).
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June 4, 2017
Gurpreet Singh - Secularism and Hindu Politics
Gurpreet Singh is an atheist and voice in Metro Vancouver's Punjabi community. He's the founder of Radical Desi, a Georgia Straight contributor and he hosts a show on Spice Radio. He has sought to bring a liberal and anti-extremist voice to discussions that were often marked by Sikh fundamentalism. Read more about Gurpreet in his autobiographical column in the Georgia Straight. http://www.straight.com/news/gurpreet-singh-being-canadian The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).
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May 30, 2017
Dr John Nightingale - Vancouver Aquarium and Cetaceans
Dr John Nightingale is President and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium. Dr Nightingale spoke to us about the Aquarium's educational and research programs, why it continues to have whales and dolphins in captivity, and what this change could mean for the future. The Vancouver Parks Board is set to consider a bylaw to ban cetaceans in captivity at the Aquarium at its next meeting on May 15. To learn more and find out how you can make your voice hear, visit http://www.vanaqua.org/share-support/ Recorded at the Sunday, April 30, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
51:03
May 1, 2017
Ian Bushfield speaks at March for Science Vancouver
Ian Bushfield, Executive Director of the BC Humanist Association, speaks at the March for Science in Vancouver on April 22, 2017. Listen to all of the talks from March for Science Vancouver on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj_Xm7TTocw&list=PL2WM8vqZFxd1WWhUvzYIfsNT8K9SQvpgb
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April 24, 2017
Sarah Topps - Science and Public Health
The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defence? This week's speaker is Sarah Topps. Sarah holds an honours bachelor degree in International Development with minors in Economics and French from McGill University, and a Master in Public Health (MPH) with a focus in Global Health from Simon Fraser University. She completed a 4-month MPH practicum with CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology). Sarah’s final project focused on developing a free online training for community health workers hosted by NextGenU.org, a Grand Challenges recipient.
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April 18, 2017
Yasmine Mohammad - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim
Yasmine Mohammed is co-host of the new Secular Jihadists podcast and is an ex-Muslim living in Canada. This talk was given on April 9th, 2017. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).
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April 11, 2017
Ian Bushfield - Humanist Marriage
The BC Humanist Association was denied the right to perform marriages in 2013 and last month published a report detailing the current legislative framework in BC that privileges the religious over the non-religious. It also documents numerous jurisdictions where Humanists are permitted to perform marriages and what steps Humanists in BC can take to gain equal legal status. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and many of our members are not on Meetup. We have a regular attendance of about 30 people at our Sunday meetings (rather than the small number who RSVP on Meetup).
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April 3, 2017
Nicolas Fillion - Conspiracy Theories
Nicolas Fillion is a philosopher and mathematician who has been since 2013 a professor of philosophy at Simon Fraser University. His main contributions have so far been to philosophy of science and applied mathematics, but his research and teaching also include the history of science, formal logic, decision and game theory, critical thinking, and epistemology broadly construed. As part of an effort to promote and spread critical thinking skills, he has recently been developing a teaching curriculum on the epistemology of conspiracy theories. Note: Sorry for the file alarm test that at interrupts at 41:26 and continues for much of the rest. The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.
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March 26, 2017
Ian Bushfield - The Urgency Of Humanism
Modern Humanism first emerged around 100 years ago, has been in Canada for about 60 years and the BC Humanist Association has existed for over 30 years. While the philosophy has evolved over the years, the importance of this progressive worldview, with its emphasis on reason and social justice, has never lost its importance and in an age of rising populist and nationalistic extremism is increasingly urgent. In this talk, BC Humanist Association Executive Director will give a brief history of modern Humanism, a review of the campaigns being taken on by some of the major Humanist organizations around the world and a look at the challenges we're facing in British Columbia. Recorded at the Sunday, March 12, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
53:44
March 12, 2017
Nick Taylor - Basic Income
Nick Taylor, an advocate of basic income, joins us to talk about how the conversation around basic income has developed substantially in just under a year with a negative income tax trial planned in Ontario, discussion of federal funding for a trial in PEI, and the newest cash grant trial started in December 2016 in Finland for 2,000 recipients. Plus developments in municipal basic income in San Francisco, and a private trial across the Bay in Oakland. Nick will outline how the different funding sources for these experiments reflect competing promoters and drive the resulting approaches to the concept of providing unconditional cash grants to individuals. Recorded at the Sunday, February 26, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
41:05
March 11, 2017
David Silverman - Fighting God
David "Dave" Silverman (born August 13, 1966) is the current president of the American Atheists, a non-profit organization that supports the rights of atheists and the removal of expressions of religion in public when possibly interpretable as governmental endorsement, in accordance with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. His annual anti-Christmas billboard which calls Christmas "a myth" has often sparked controversy. (from Wikipedia) David talks about his new book Fighting God. Recorded at the Sunday, February 19, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
1:08:48
March 11, 2017
Elisabeth Ormandy - Animals In Science Policy Institute
Dr Elisabeth Ormandy shares her personal story of how she went from neuroscientist to animal welfare and ethics expert over the course of a decade, and why she is committed to advancing science without the use of animals. This talk covers both scientific and ethical reasons why replacing animals in research, testing, and teaching is an important endeavour. Elisabeth is co-founder and Executive Director for the Animals in Science Policy Institute – a registered non-profit based in Vancouver, BC, whose mission is to build an ethical culture of science that respects animal life by promoting the reduction and replacement of animals in research, testing, and teaching. She lives in Vancouver, BC, and teaches at the University of British Columbia. Recorded at the Sunday, February 12, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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February 21, 2017
Patti Bacchus - Public Education in BC
Patti Bacchus is the Vancouver Observer's Contributing Education Editor. She's a public education advocate and former Vancouver School Board chair (2008-2014) & trustee (2008-2016). She also serves as a Director for the Broadbent Institute. Recorded at the Sunday, February 5, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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February 20, 2017
Mattias Martens - Populism
Mattias Martens, writer, programmer, philosopher, presents an idea of ‘limbic terrorism’ as a model for how populists can shut down discourse online and off by reverting to personal attacks aimed at the social standing of the people involved and how intellectuals can fight back without being reduced to the use of similar tactics. Follow Mattias: https://www.facebook.com/mattiasinspace/ https://twitter.com/mattiasinspace Recorded at the Sunday, January 22, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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February 10, 2017
Joann Robertson - Political Correctness
Joann Robertson speaks about Political Correctness: How we got here. Where do we go? Recorded at the Sunday, January 15, 2017 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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January 31, 2017
Joyce Arthur - Trumpocalypse
Joyce Arthur is a founding member of FIRST, a national feminist sex worker advocacy organization based in Vancouver that lobbies for the decriminalization of prostitution in Canada. Joyce works as a technical writer and pro-choice activist, and is the founder and Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, a national pro-choice group in Canada. Joyce will be speaking on the threat to reproductive rights, including abortion, contraception, and other reproductive healthcare presented by the election of US President Trump and the even worse on these issues (if that is possible) Vice President Pence whose legislative record in Indiana is a grim foreshadowing of the threatened reversal of decades of progress on women's rights. She will also address the threat of the global wave of right-wing populism to women in Canada and the rest of the world. Recorded at the Sunday, December 18, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
52:27
January 18, 2017
Dale Beyerstein and Lee Miller - Skepticism Then & Now
Over the past thirty years there have been three local groups which share aims and often members: The BC Humanists, the local branch of the Centre for Inquiry and the BC Skeptics. All three have worked to promote a scientific, as opposed to a religious worldview. I shall maintain that there have been three principal ways of doing this: 1) through public education, primarily using the media and meetings, 2) through research into paranormal and religious claims, and 3) by social networking to provide members a chance to interact with others who share their worldview. These three ways are compatible with each other, but over the years one or the other has been emphasized more than the others. In the early days, 1) and 2) had more prominence, today it is 3). In this talk Dale Beyerstein and Lee Miller aim to start a discussion about the merits of each by providing a history of the groups over the thirty years. Recorded at the Sunday, November 13, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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November 16, 2016
Robert Teszka - The Psychology of Magic
Rob Teszka is a research consultant and performer who helps creative agencies and market researchers apply the psychology of attention and awareness. He is also a magician who regularly performs at the Magic Circle in London, and has contributed to peer-reviewed academic research on the psychology of magic, focusing on using the techniques of conjurors to study how people perceive, make decisions, and and interact with each other. He combines the insights of psychology with the secrets of magic to create a very unique approach to understanding human behaviour. Magicians have the uncanny ability to manipulate how people perceive the world, and this could be the key to understanding how the mind works. The techniques of misdirection provide a useful framework for studying attention and its link to eye movements, while magical methods themselves are a valuable tool in designing research. Magic and illusions were central to the birth of experimental psychology at the turn of the last century, but fell out of fashion until their recent rediscovery with the help of modern research techniques. Magicians have spent hundreds of years developing misdirection to keep audiences from being aware of events happening right in front of them. In this talk, Rob discusses how these effects are studied experimentally, and what the findings of magic research mean for the psychology of attention and awareness. Recorded at the Sunday, November 6, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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November 12, 2016
Teresa Gagné- White Poppies and War's Civilian Victims
Teresa Gagné of Vancouver Peace Poppies talks about the history and significance of the white poppy, and the importance of broadening our Remembrance Day focus to include the devastating effects of war on the civilians who now make up 85% of its victims, as well as its disastrous environment impact. Recorded at the Sunday, October 30, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
40:58
November 2, 2016
Steve Thompson - Bitcoins and blockchains
Steve Thompson is from the UK and had moved to Vancouver in August 2015 to study for a Master’s degree in library, information and archival studies. His professional background was in academic publishing where he worked as an editor on both journals and books. His main interest is in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. He has recently participated in a UBC-based research group on the viability of the blockchain platform for records management with a chapter on the preservation of digital signatures on the blockchain. Recorded at the Sunday, October 11, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
37:51
October 11, 2016
Ujjal Dosanjh - Church and state separation
"Ujjal Dosanjh is a lawyer, social activist and parliamentarian who has devoted his life to public service. He became Attorney General of British Columbia in 1995 and served as the province's thirty-third premier before entering federal politics. He was a Liberal Party of Canada Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2011, including a period as minister of health. Throughout his life, Dosanjh has remained a vocal human rights advocate and an outspoken critic of violence and extremism. In 2015, he was honoured with the inaugural Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Award." Bio taken from his memoir, Journey After Midnight Dosanjh speaks briefly on his view and experiences around ‎the separation of church and state. He then fields questions on secularism, immigration, human rights, education and more. Recorded at the Sunday, October 2, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
1:19:58
October 3, 2016
Gary Bauslaugh - Canada's Assisted Dying Movement
Gary Bauslaugh is the author of three books related to assisted death in Canada; his most recent (The Right to Die, April 2016) tells the stories of the courageous Canadians whose often heroic actions helped create a climate of acceptance of the idea that assisted death should be legalized in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada’s historic ruling in February, 2015, declared the law prohibiting assisted death unconstitutional, and provided guidelines for new legislation which would be in tune with our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Then it went to the politicians to pass actual legislation, an exercise that many of who have been advocates for progressive reform on assisted dying looked forward to with great hope and anticipation. The results, however, were tragically inadequate. Bauslaugh spoke out against the proposed legislation and on May 6 was called to Ottawa to speak on the matter to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. His views were reflected in the Senate’s initial rejection of the legislation. Still, the highly flawed law was passed in June - a betrayal of the efforts of many Canadians, over many years, to protect the right of grievously ill and suffering Canadians to have a dignified and peaceful death. In his talk Bauslaugh discusses how and why this happened and looks at where we go from here. Gary Bauslaugh is a Victoria writer who has served as President of the Humanist Association of Canada and on the board of CFI Canada. He was Editor of Humanist Perspectives for five years. Recent books include The Right to Die - the courageous Canadians who gave us the right to a dignified death; Robert Latimer, a story of justice and mercy; and The Secret Power of Juries. (James Lorimer and Co., Toronto). Recorded at the Sunday, September 11, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at http://www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science http://www.symphonyofscience.com
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September 26, 2016
Karen Garst - From Goddess to God
Dr Karen Garst speaks to the UBC Freethinkers about the archaeological evidence for worship of the female goddess in the Paleolithic era through its continued existence when male deities became incorporated into the pantheon of gods. Karen Garst has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the UW - Madison, a Masters in French Literature from the same, and a BA in French from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She has served as a field representative for the Oregon Federation of Teachers (AFT), executive director of the Oregon Community College Association, and executive director of the Oregon State Bar. She is married and lives in Salem, Oregon. In 2014, the U. S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell v Hobby Lobby. She was incensed. “Since when did a ‘corporation’ get to use its religious beliefs to dictate what health care a woman could receive?,” she stated. She decided to write a book on atheism and the harm religion has done to women. A friend introduced her to Dr Peter Boghossian at PSU (A Manual for Creating Atheists) and the rest is history. The book is an anthology of personal essays from women of all ages who have left religion. It has been published by Pitchstone Publishing. She has a website, a Facebook page, a YouTube Channel, and a Twitter account (@karen_garst). View the slides at http://www.slideshare.net/bchumanist/karen-garst-from-goddess-to-god Recorded at the Friday, September 9, 2016 meeting of the UBC Freethinkers in Vancouver. Learn more at http://www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe & leave a review on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com Links: http://www.faithlessfeminist.com https://www.facebook.com/faithlessfeminist/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1nTsyWLXJWhXBaED8cOekg
48:48
September 19, 2016
Ian Bushfield - Is anyone in BC still religious?
Ian Bushfield, Executive Director of the BC Humanist Association presents a detailed analysis of the June 2016 Insights West poll commissioned by the BCHA to explore attitudes in BC about religion and its interaction with laws and social policies. Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/bchumanist/is-anyone-in-bc-still-religious-ian-bushfield Full data: http://www.bchumanist.ca/religious_and_secular_attitudes_2016 Presentation on BCHA 2013 poll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr6bwREC6C0 Recorded at the Sunday, August 21, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
40:40
September 12, 2016
Joyce Arthur - Crisis Pregnancy Centres in Canada
Joyce Arthur, a freelance writer and women's rights advocate, talks about the recent study her pro-choice group completed on anti-choice “Crisis Pregnancy Centres” (CPCs). The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada recruited volunteers to review every CPC website in Canada to look for misinformation on abortion or signs they were being deceptive and not upfront with potential clients. The study identified 180 CPCs across Canada. Of those, 166 had websites. The findings revealed that a large majority of CPCs do one or both of the following on their websites: 1) spread misleading or inaccurate information about abortion, contraception, sexually-transmitted infections, sexual activity, or adoption; 2) present themselves deceptively, such as by not disclosing that they won’t refer for abortion, or hiding their religious stance from prospective clients. This means that CPCs are posing a public health risk and interfering with the reproductive rights of women. What can be done? Joyce will go over some recommendations from the study, but will also welcomes idea and discussion from the audience. Read the study online: http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/CPC-study/cpc.html Recorded at the Sunday, July 10, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
46:05
September 6, 2016
Armin Navabi - Western Ex-Muslims
Armin Navabi, of Atheist Republic, an ex-Muslim from Iran will speak about how Ex-Muslims in the West are frequently attacked from bigots on the right, and apologists on the left. This marginalizes many ex-Muslims, leaving them feeling betrayed and unwelcome, muting the most effective force against Islamic extremism. Recorded at the Sunday, June 26, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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August 29, 2016
Pamela Zevit - Evidence for Democracy
Pamela Zevit, of Evidence for Democracy updates us about the state of science policy in Canada today. What has changed, what still needs to change to return Canada to its former position as an example of public policy informed by science. Recorded at the Sunday, June 19, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
56:40
August 23, 2016
Stephanie Smith and Byron Wood - Religion and Alcoholics Anonymous
In this episode, we hear from Stephanie Smith who tried to form an agnostic version of Alcoholics Anonymous and Byron Wood who's brought a human rights complaint forward after being forced to attend a theistic 12-step program. For an update on Byron's case see: http://www.bchumanist.ca/human_rights_complaint_over_religion_in_aa_to_proceed Recorded at the Sunday, June 12, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
58:27
August 5, 2016
Les Brown - Fair Vote Canada
Les Brown is on the board of the Vancouver Chapter of Fair Vote Canada, a group working to promote changing the Canadian electoral system to ensure that the numbers of MPs in Parliament from each political party more closely match the fraction of the popular vote each party receives. Les Brown has been working on electoral reform for the last 20 years or so. He's a firm believer in the adage that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Les talks about how and why the Canadian electoral system is "broke" and what we need to do to "fix" it. Recorded at the Sunday, May 29, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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July 26, 2016
Pat O'Brien and Jonathan Chan - Meeting of the Minds
Pat, an atheist, and Jonathan, a Christian, do a tag-team presentation on their joint program "Meeting of the Minds" where issues of the day are explored from two radically different worldviews, but often coming to similar conclusions. Recorded at the Sunday, May 15, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes.
14:00
July 18, 2016
Humanist LORE - Episode 3 - Glenn Hardie and the history of the BCHA
C Dax and Drake interview Glenn Hardie. Glenn was one of the founders of the BC Humanist Association and author of several books on Humanism including Reason With Compassion: The Humanist Way. Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at http://www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. And make sure to subscribe to our podcast.
18:10
July 9, 2016
Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson - Female Personhood
Female personhood is one of the most urgent issues of our time and is deeply entwined with questions of religion. Female personhood scholar Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson will explain what female personhood is and why it should matter deeply to Humanists around the world. Recorded at the Sunday, May 8, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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June 20, 2016
Dr Sue Hughson - Dying With Dignity Canada
Dr Sue Hughson, Dying With Dignity Canada Board Member and Vancouver Chapter Coordinator and BC Humanist Association Past President, talks about the status of the fight for the right to die with dignity in Canada. This talk, recorded on Sunday, June 5, 2016, was one day before the Supreme Court of Canada's Carter v Canada decision came into effect, striking down the criminal prohibition on assisted dying and allowing physicians to help a suffering patient hasten their death. Sue also talks about issues with Bill C-14 as passed by the House of Commons. Learn more at http://www.dyingwithdignity.ca Recorded at the Sunday, June 5, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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June 9, 2016
Trinity Western University vs Law Society of BC - BC Humanists at the BC Court of Appeal
From June 1-3, 2016, the BC Court of Appeal heard arguments in Trinity Western University vs the Law Society of BC. The BC Humanist Association was an intervener in the case and BCHA Executive Director Ian Bushfield attended the hearings. This is his report on the case. This is not intended as a thorough or objective legal analysis. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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June 4, 2016
Ian Bushfield - The government is still censoring us
In Canada registered charities are limited in the political activity they can undertake and are prohibited from any partisan activity. Under the previous federal government, Canada Revenue Agency was instructed to conduct a series of audits into the political activity of charities. The organizations scrutinized were seen to be critics of the previous Conservative government and while no evidence of wrongdoing was found, the audits put a chill on the entire sector and some organizations, like Dying With Dignity Canada lost their charitable status. Since the Liberal Party came to power in October, there has been a halt on further audits but those in process are continuing. The Liberals promised during the election and in their recent budget to consult on clarifying rules – but much of Canada’s charity law dates back to 19th century English case law. These rules privilege religion and limit the scope of debate for an entire sector that is by definition dedicated to the betterment of our whole society. This talk outlines some of these challenges for the work of groups like the BCHA and look at what alternatives exist. Besides working as the Executive Director of the BC Humanist Association, Ian Bushfield works for another small charity and has worked for a science advocacy charity in the UK. He has taken courses in non-profit management and law. Resources Stephe Harper's CRA: Selective audits, "political" activity and right-leaning charities - http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/stephen_harper_s_cra Tax audits of environmental groups: The pressing need for law reform - http://www.desmog.ca/2015/03/30/uvic-report-calling-updates-charities-law-creates-stir Protect Canadian Charities - http://protectcanadiancharities.ca/ Voices-Voix Coalition - http://voices-voix.ca/ Recorded at the Sunday, April 10, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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May 27, 2016
Paul Ingraham - Muscle Knots On Skeptical Trial
Paul Ingraham, a science writer at painscience.com, and Assistant Editor, ScienceBasedMedicine.org: speaks to us on the subject of Muscle Knots On Skeptical Trial - How suspicious should we be about "trigger points" as a cause of common muscle pain? Not just a fascinating case study of applying skepticism to a unsolved medical mystery, this talk also has plenty of practical "owner's manual" information about the biology of a nearly universal kind of pain. For more information on trigger points: http://www.painscience.com/tps http://www.painscience.com/trial Recorded at the Sunday, April 10, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at http://www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science http://www.symphonyofscience.com
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May 3, 2016
Big news about the BCHA and TWU vs LSBC BC Court of Appeal Case
Ian Bushfield, executive director announces that the BC Humanist Association has been granted leave to intervene at the BC Court of Appeal in the case over Trinity Western University's proposed law school. Find out more about the BCHA and support our work at http://www.bchumanist.ca And be sure to subscribe to the BC Humanists podcast on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher or your favourite service.
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April 25, 2016
Dr Jim Linville - Not all creation museums are created equal
Dr James Linville is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. "Each After Its Own Kind”: How Creation Museums are not all created equal There are about 3 dozen Creation Museum in North America with a handful of others scattered around the globe. Many predate the large Answers in Genesis facility in northern Kentucky and a number more are in the planning or construction stage. While Christian young earth creationists are united on certain key doctrinal and social perspectives, the museums themselves vary widely in terms of size, funding, focus, intended audience, and the degree to which they attempt to refute secular science. Dr Linville offers an overview of the diverse museum landscape and takes you on an illustrated tour of some of the museums in Alberta, Kentucky, Texas and California. Dr Linville highlights the need to look beyond the well-funded organizations and the influential and charismatic figures in “Big Creation” to truly understand what is happening with the creation museum phenomenon. Recorded at the Sunday, April 3, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Follow us on Twitter & Facebook. Subscribe on Soundcloud, Stitcher and iTunes. Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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April 8, 2016
Benjamin Purzycki - Religion And The Evolution Of Social Life
Benjamin Purzycki of the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture at the University of British Columbia first discusses contemporary approaches to understanding religion cross-culturally. Then, he draws from this discussion and attend to the role beliefs about gods’ minds play in our relationships with the natural world and with each other. Purzycki's recent study published in Nature on the role that belief in punitive gods played in the expansion of human societies received wide coverage. Recorded at the Sunday, March 13, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science www.symphonyofscience.com
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April 3, 2016
Dr Samir Gandesha - Nihilism And Terror
Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. A key element of humanism must be a critical assessment of religion. Today such a critical assessment is more important than ever given the rise of Christian fundamentalism in the US, Hindutva or Hindu fundamentalism on the Indian subcontinent as well as politicized forms of Islam. In this talk, Dr Gandesha sketches out some of the key criticisms of religion in the work of Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and Frederich Nietzsche, before going on to show how their ideas might help us understand the combustible connection between religion and politics in our contemporary world. Recorded at the Sunday, March 13, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at http://www.bchumanist.ca Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science http://www.symphonyofscience.com
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March 23, 2016
Gail Miller - Critical thinking in developing countries
Gail Miller speaks about the first pilot project in the planned global campaign to promote critical thinking among the children of the world. The pilot project is two secular schools and a library in Guatemala. Recorded at the Sunday, March 6, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at http://www.bchumanist.ca Intro music: We are all connected instrumental - Symphony of Science http://www.symphonyofscience.com/
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March 21, 2016
David Hutchinson - Cannabis
David Hutchinson, will be presenting an overview of the history, medical impacts and opinions of cannabis in 2016. What are the facts surrounding this widely available product and the changing perspectives of politicians, law enforcement, the medical community and the general public? Recorded at the Sunday, February 21, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca
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March 15, 2016
Dr Ahmed Hussein - A safer, cheaper nuclear reactor design
Dr Ahmed Hussein is a professor of nuclear physics at the University of Northern British Columbia and a research scientist at TRIUMF and Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US. Dr Hussein will be speaking about a a new and safer design for a nuclear power plants called dual fluid nuclear fission reactor. Among its other benefits, these reactors can make use of waste from traditional nuclear reactors as fuel while also extracting considerably more energy from existing nuclear fuel. Recorded at the Sunday, February 14, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at http://www.bchumanist.ca
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March 12, 2016
Khushi Ram - From Servitude to Freedom
This interview of Khushi Ram was originally recorded on May 29, 2011 by Mclean Edwards. "From Servitude to Freedom (Autobiographical and Philosophical Reflections)" is an account by Khushi Ram of his life from a child servant in caste system India, to his emancipation and trials in stages of education, work in government, and eventual immigration to Vancouver, Canada, a place he now calls home and paradise. The second half of the book is an account of his philosophy and how his life, and especially his exposure to ideas in Canada, informed his outlook. --------------------------------------- Written originally for his family and friends, the book has had interest for the general public as an account by an average, yet interesting, man of escaping conditions of slavery in modern times, and thoughts on how the caste system continues to survive and cause some misery and ideas on how to avoid it and live a good life. Read more about Khushi: http://humanisthistory.academicblogs.co.uk/2013/12/16/khushi-ram-a-humanist-life/ Learn more about the BC Humanist Association at http://www.bchumanist.ca
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February 29, 2016
Svend Robinson - Church and State in the 90s
This is a recording of a lecture by former MP Svend Robinson to the BC Humanist Association in 1998 or 99. In the lecture, Svend touches on the challenges of fighting for secularism and progressive values against an increasing religious right. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit www.bchumanist.ca
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February 9, 2016
Humanist LORE - Episode 2 - Evidence vs Faith with Peter Boghossian
Listen to an interview with author and educator Peter Boghossian. This podcast was originally produced in 2013. To find out more about the BC Humanist Association visit www.bchumanist.ca
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February 2, 2016
Cherise Louie - On Donating Blood
Cherise Louie is the Territory Manager for Canadian Blood Services. She talks about the simplicity of blood donation and stem cell registration. Recorded at the Sunday, January 31, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca
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January 31, 2016
Nader Abdullah - Syria: the Land of Diversity
Nader Abdullah of the Syrian Canadian Council talks about Syria's culture, society and history. He touches on the expected difficulties newcomers to Canada encounter and suggests solutions from his group's perspective as a community and from experience with some newcomers. View the slides: http://www.slideshare.net/bchumanist/nader-abdullah-syria-the-land-of-diversity Recorded at the Sunday, January 24, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca
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January 22, 2016
John Ince - Happiness and How to Maximize It
John Ince, who intrigued and edified us with his excellent talk on The Political Implications of Sex on Dec 6, 2015, returns for a talk on Happiness and how to maximize it. Science has identified the ingredients of happiness. But most of us don't know them. We can help you learn them and grow happier! JOYSHIFT is a new concept in personal development, and yet is based in the ancient wisdom of our genes! It is a happiness practice that applies the latest discoveries of psychology to bring into our lives the key essentials of happiness: what we call the “primal nutrients”. Have you heard of the paleo diet or the primal form of exercise called Crossfit? Both are hugely popular today. Joyshift is the first personal development system to apply this primal perspective to our emotional life. Primal nutrients of happiness include: lots of physical movement, spending quality time in small bonded groups, and rich contact with nature. There are several more. But most of us lack many of the good things our genes really enjoy. So we fail to maximize our happiness! This talk will describe the primal nutrients and how you can live a life filled with them. Recorded at the Sunday, January 17, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more at www.bchumanist.ca
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January 16, 2016
David Simpson - How to be a Christian Atheist
David Simpson is a young man with a YouTube channel. David tells how he lost his faith while managing to keep a sense of spirituality (and morality) that is entirely Humanistic but still deeply Christian. He discusses worship, prayer, meditation, morality, scripture, the gospel and an Atheist Trinity. Find David on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3n-cydKGrfsYNktx96P64g Recorded at the Sunday, January 10, 2016 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more about us at www.bchumanist.ca
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January 10, 2016
Tee Barnett Charity Science
Effective altruism may be the fastest growing charitable movement you've never heard of. With 1.2 million views and counting for Peter Singer's TED Talk on the subject, and Givewell, the flagship charity evaluator of the movement, now moving more money than Charity Navigator, it's worth getting to know the basic tenets of Effective Altruism before making your next donation. Tee Barnett, the Programs and Educational Officer at Charity Science, will explore the potent blend of applying "the greatest good for the greatest number" to evidence-based and rational decisions about charity. With such growth in only a few short years, key tensions have arisen that the Effective Altruism movement will have to address: how can we measure the greatest good for the greatest number? Can the movement be sustained? Is this the most compassionate way to understand charity? Should we be thinking more globally? Largely populated by humanist, skeptical, secular, rational, and atheistic types, a second look is required of this newly reframed outlook on helping those in need. Recorded at the Sunday, December 20, 2015 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver. Learn more about us at www.bchumanist.ca
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December 19, 2015
John Ince - The Political Significance Of Sexuality
This speech contains some some discussion of sexual activities. Sex and politics seem like they operate in completely different spheres of life. But both are intimately connected through a complex psycho-social system that has received little attention. Lawyer and activist John Ince sketches out its key components. You will learn how the power structure of your key relationships: family, religious, work, and community, affect how you feel about sex and how your attitudes to eroticism affect your political orientation. Welcome to the fascinating politics of lust. Recorded at the Sunday, December 6, 2015 meeting of the BC Humanist Association in Vancouver.
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December 5, 2015
Humanist LORE - Episode 1 - What is Humanism?
Listen to the first episode of our podcast Humanist LORE about What is Humanism? This episode was first recorded in 2013. To learn more about the BC Humanist Association visit www.bchumanist.ca
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March 28, 2013