Bc Humanists Podcast



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.


  • Big news about the BCHA and TWU vs LSBC BC Court of Appeal Case

    25/04/2016 Duración: 48s

    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.

  • Dr Jim Linville - Not all creation museums are created equal

    08/04/2016 Duración: 01h34s

    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 happeni

  • Benjamin Purzycki - Religion And The Evolution Of Social Life

    03/04/2016 Duración: 01h02min

    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

  • Dr Samir Gandesha - Nihilism And Terror

    23/03/2016 Duración: 46min

    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 instrumen

  • Gail Miller - Critical thinking in developing countries

    21/03/2016 Duración: 31min

    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/

  • David Hutchinson - Cannabis

    15/03/2016 Duración: 46min

    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

  • Dr Ahmed Hussein - A safer, cheaper nuclear reactor design

    12/03/2016 Duración: 01h07min

    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

  • Khushi Ram - From Servitude to Freedom

    29/02/2016 Duración: 01h03min

    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-hu

  • Svend Robinson - Church and State in the 90s

    09/02/2016 Duración: 43min

    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

  • Humanist LORE - Episode 2 - Evidence vs Faith with Peter Boghossian

    02/02/2016 Duración: 28min

    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

  • Cherise Louie - On Donating Blood

    31/01/2016 Duración: 44min

    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

  • Nader Abdullah - Syria: the Land of Diversity

    22/01/2016 Duración: 33min

    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

  • John Ince - Happiness and How to Maximize It

    16/01/2016 Duración: 39min

    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

  • David Simpson - How to be a Christian Atheist

    10/01/2016 Duración: 50min

    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

  • Tee Barnett Charity Science

    19/12/2015 Duración: 26min

    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 new

  • John Ince - The Political Significance Of Sexuality

    05/12/2015 Duración: 48min

    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.

  • Humanist LORE - Episode 1 - What is Humanism?

    28/03/2013 Duración: 11min

    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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