Skeptical Music

I really enjoyed this song and thought I’d share:

Skeptical

(featuring Jen McCreight) by Three Ninjas

My skeptical muscle is strong like Bertrand Russell
I like to avoid fights but still find the occasional tussle
I try to act famous but I’m just a small corpuscle
and if creationism comes up expect me to dominate the discussle

Check it out.

Stephanie

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Summer Secular Conferences

Hi all!

Summer is the season of conferences, it seems. There’s a couple really big ones coming up in June and July. If you have extra money lying around and want to head east for weekend conferences with atheists, skeptics and general heathens, then these are just what you need.

CFI: 2011 Student Leadership Conference

Amherst, NY. June 23-26. About $200 plus travel, and includes lodging and food. Also, you get a t-shirt! More info here.

SSA: 2011 Annual Conference

Columbus, Ohio. July 29-31. About $50 plus travel and food. We might qualify for a group rate, if lots of people want to go to Ohio. Lodging at about $20/night.  More info here. (Has a really great speaker list!)

I’m likely going to be at both. If you’re interested in attending either conference under the UBC Freethinkers banner, send me an email (sevandyk@gmail.com).

Stephanie

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Judgement Day: May 21st, 2011

Are you worried about the end of the world?

If not, you should be. Family Radio has been warning us about it for months. I saw this on my family vacation in California last summer:

The man driving the truck was incredibly helpful and gave me some pamphlets that explained everything. Harold Camping used incredibly advanced mathematics to prove that all true believers will be raptured on May 21st, at 6pm.

After that, we will have six months of catastrophe and suffering before the entire universe comes to an end. That means we only have a week left. Make sure you repent.

Or, failing that, hold a large party and bring on the Apocalypse in style!

Since you’re reading this blog, I think it’s unlikely you will be repent and be raptured. I sure won’t. So, a kind person has set up a blog for us heathens with scheduled updates for the following six months. You can check it out here – I did, and I feel informed.

If you don’t believe me, go read about how Harold knows. If that doesn’t convince you, nothing will.

Happy Apocalypse!

Stephanie

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Justin Trottier Speaking in Vancouver

Hello everyone!

It might be summer, but the UBC Freethinkers are still thinking freely. There’s a cool event coming up next Monday that you might like to know about.

Justin Trottier, who you might know as the executive director of CFI Canada, will be speaking on:

“The State of Organized Freethought”
Organized freethought is a somewhat paradoxical concept.  Nevertheless, in the last several years atheists, humanists and skeptics have achieved an unprecedented series of milestones in gaining visibility and influence in Canada. In this presentation, Justin Trottier, one of the movement’s most vocal Canadian spokespeople and the National Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Canada, will share a status report on the state of organized freethought, identify key issues on which we’ve made progress, and propose a road map and priorities for the future.

This is happening on Monday, May 9th, at 7:30 at the VPL Conference Centre.

It’s sure to be an interesting talk!

Also, our talented and intelligent president Amanda was a guest on Radio Freethinker a few weeks back. You can download the episode here.

Amanda talks about all sorts of interesting things, including plans for the next year. Check it out!

Stephanie

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Are you ready for Games Night?

Hello everyone!

I’m your new VP Communications. Expect to see me blogging furiously away over the next year to keep you up to date on what the UBC Freethinkers are up to.

Here are a few of our upcoming events:

Games Night

Coming up this Thursday (March 31), we have another Night o’ Games! It runs from 6:30 to 10, in  IBLC 191. Pizza will be ordered for anyone who brings $5 and arrives before 7. See the Facebook event for all the details.

Breakfast of Champions!

Breakfast of Champions will be held  on April 10 at 10:30am at our usual haunt, the King’s Head Pub. I promise there will be good food and interesting people.

Craig Venter

On May 3, Craig Venter is giving a lecture at the Vogue Theatre and we’re gonna be there! It’s free, but you must RSVP on their website. After, we’re likely going to head to a pub, which has yet to be determined. See the Facebook event for all the deets.

Also, a turtle:

Turtle

– Stephanie

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AGM results are in!

The UBC Freethinkers Club has survived another year and lives to tell the tale! We’ve passed the torch once again, and are proud to announce our 2011-2012 executive team!

Here’s our line-up:
President: Amanda Wanner
Vice President: Daniel Gipps
Vice President of Communications: Stephanie Van Dyk
Treasurer: Scott Dornian
Ombudsperson: James Anderson

Congratulations, everyone! We look forward to an awesome year ahead!

 

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AGM this Tuesday!

Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s time to reflect on the past year, consider the year ahead, and elect your new UBC Freethinker representitives!

When: Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: Buchanan B307
Why: You’re passionate about skepticism on campus and you want a say in the direction our club takes!

This club has been on shaky footing since it was created 3 years ago but it’s finally starting to gain some real momentum with lots of fun events and an ever increasing number of members. As the only club on campus for skeptics, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and other critical thinkers we think that there is plenty of room for growth. We invite everyone who is interested to come to this meeting, eat some free snacks, and either run for the exec next year or let those who are know what kind of events you like, and what kind of events you want to see. Did I mention that there will be free snacks?

If you are interested in taking a greater role in the club next year, you can run for one of these exec positions:

President: General oversight, organizes exec meetings, event planning
Vice-President: Event planning, sends out monthly mailing list, room booking
VP-Communications: Updates website and facebook page
Treasurer: Handles the budget, reimbursement for club expenses
Omsbudsperson: Settles disputes equitably, ensures equal opportunity within the club

All are welcome! We want to hear YOUR opinions!

love,
Amanda

PS: Here’s a picture of a kitten dressed up as pikachu. Just because.

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