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Saturday 13 September 2014, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Room 201
Topic: Canada and ISIS
Proposed by: Isabel Foot
What should Canada do?
Who are these people; we`re going to do what to them? Why?
Is it still oil?
Shock and Awe
Are the media readying us again for war with the Arabs?
Where do you see this going?
What should Canada do?
Saturday, September 6, 11:00-1:00
519 Church St., Room 304
Proposed by Gary Higgins
0. Are IQs rising? falling?
1. Are intelligent people necessarily more socially conscious? better humanists?
2. Would it be desirable to artificially boost IQ or intelligence with eugenics, stem cell research, GMOs, drugs and chemicals, or mechanical devices?
3. Could advertising, television, and modern conveniences (i.e. computers and apps and devices) contribute to decreasing or increasing IQ?
4. Is consent required for IQ testing? Could a person, or the parent of a child, refuse permission for these tests? Who has access to these records?
Due to unforeseen circumstances Catherine Dunphy's talk is cancelled, with apologies for the late notice.
HAT's next monthly speaker will be Catherine Dunphy
speaking about  The Clergy Project
Saturday, September 27th, 1:30-3:00 (note change of date)
OISE (252 Bloor St. W.), Room 3-311
Speaker: Catherine Dunphy - A humanist, atheist and former Roman Catholic student chaplain, Catherine is a founding member of The Clergy Project and former Executive Director. She is the Operations Manager for Rational Doubt, a blog on Patheos – www.patheos.com/blogs/clergyproject, and she is currently writing a book about the founding of The Clergy Project and her experience of losing her faith in seminary.
Topic: The purpose of The Clergy Project is to provide a safe haven for active and former professional clergy/religious leaders who do not hold supernatural beliefs. It originated from a growing awareness of the presence of these professional clergy and a concern about their dilemma as they moved beyond faith. Catherine’s talk will be of interest to anyone who faces or has faced a similar dilemma.
The old URL that HAT has been using for archives and downloads is temporarily not working. Archived materials will not be lost permanently, but in the meantime, the most recent (summer 2014) newsletter can be downloaded instead from this link. Our apologies for any confusion.
From today's Globe and Mail: Catholic schools in Ontario are requiring students to take religious courses despite a recent court decision that ruled they can’t be forced to attend. In multiple correspondences reviewed by The Globe and Mail, Catholic school board officials from across the province have denied requests from Catholic high-school students that they be excused from religious studies on the basis that their parents are Catholic school ratepayers. All of those students requested the exemptions for academic reasons, in hopes of spending more time on courses important to university applications and apprenticeship programs. But the boards contend that Catholic students aren’t eligible for the exemption because they aren’t eligible to attend public schools. For the full story: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/catholic-schools-force-students-to-study-religion-despite-court-order/article19998101
Hat Forum: Remembering War Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:00 - 1:00 Location: 519 Church St. Room 201 Topic: The experience of our remembering Proposed by: Bill Kennedy Remembering whom? Can we say something about the quality of our remembering? What affect is amplifying our individual remembering? our collective remembering? How do we ritually mark the deaths of participants? Their service? Who is there at the ritual? Who is not there? So what?
The intrinsic value of a human being is said to be the same for all individuals, irrespective of their race, nationality, age, education, profession, health, behavior, usefulness for someone or contribution to the society.
Do you agree with this principle? Explain your position.
Do you think that Western societies follow this principle?
In which situations do you think this principle is applied and in which is not?
Topic: A better way to think about human aggressivity.
Proposed by: Bill Kennedy
The problem. Is human warring cruelty
inevitable? Why? or Why not? – in our common sense style of
wondering. Joseph D. Lichtenberg’s suggestion of a motivational systems theory
will be lightly brushed as a base for my own hope of a ‘no’ answer to our
HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information.
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.