Dr. Richard Carrier: Science in the Early Roman Empire

"Carrier has a doctorate in ancient history from Columbia University where his thesis was on the history of science in antiquity. He originally gained prominence as an advocate of atheism and metaphysical naturalism, authoring many articles on The Secular Web and later defending his basic position in his book Sense and Goodness Without God."
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Carrier for dinner, a short presentation and conversation.

Date: Friday August 25
Time: 6:00 dinner, 7:00 presentation, Q&A, book signing, meet and greet
Place: The Cavern, Lion Brewery Restaurant, Huether Hotel; 59 King St North, Waterloo
Admission: $10 non-members, free for SOFREE members
All: pay for what you order from the Lion Brewery Menu

Secular Humanism in Disneyland North

What is the status of secular humanism in Canada?
Doug Thomas will make observations about Canada’s laws, politicians, secular humanist organizations and the attitude of Canadian secular humanists.
Doug Thomas, President of Secular Connexion Séculière and the Society of Ontario Freethinkers, works constantly as a registered lobbyist to correct Canada’s systemic discrimination against atheists.

Date: Sunday August 20
Time: 10:30 to noon
Location: Malt Room, Huether Hotel
59 King St North, Waterloo

Post Secular: Science, Humanism and the Future of Faith

"How modern life has transformed major faiths worldwide in the twenty-first century – and what breaking new research in neuroscience, human genetics and the socioeconomic trends of today can tell us about upcoming spiritual beliefs of the future."

"Anyone entering the literature for the first time on why people believe in God, commit to religion, and rely on faith can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed in a miasma of ideas, hypotheses, theories, and just-so stories, and this is just from a secular and scientific perspective. Marc Schaus's well-organized and highly readable distillation of this literature, Post Secular, gives readers an important overview of what we know today about these vital matters of the human condition.”
—Michael Shermer, Publisher Skeptic magazine, columnist at Scientific American, Presidential Fellow Chapman University, and author of Heavens on Earth, The Moral Arc, and The Believing Brain

Marc Schaus, author of Post Secular, examines how rapidly changing science and technology will influence how we see ourselves as human beings, "next-gen" spirituality and how religion will adapt to a more secular world. Copies will be available for purchase.

K-W Multicultural Festival

SOFREE celebrates the 50th Annual K-W Multicultural Festival this weekend! Join us as we interact with the community and invite non-believers to consider what we offer. The Festival is an unofficial kickoff to the festival season with amazing food, dancing, a drum circle, yoga, and booths promoting cultural, political, educational and religious material. More details available at the K-W Multicultural Centre.

Date and time: 12:00pm - 8:00pm, June 24 and 25
Location: Victoria Park, Kitchener

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