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Darwin Date and 8th Anniversary Meetup: Feb. 12, 2017

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Venue: Bacolod Chicken Inasal, The Strip, Greenhills Shopping Center, North Western St., San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/emEKV4rqpwG2
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Let’s celebrate Darwin Day (and our 8th anniversary) with dinner, drinks, and discussions!

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: guests are encouraged to order food and drinks from the venue)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, January 29, 2017

Venue: Uno Morato
Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics:
Should Bato resign?
Is it okay to punch Nazis?
How will the Philippines face job automation?
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, January 15, 2017

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, January 15, 2017

Venue: Uno Morato
Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics:
– Should the makers of Oro be punished? http://www.esquiremag.ph/culture/arts-and-entertainment/what-this-dead-dog-told-us-about-the-film-industry-a1730-20170110
– Should Nickelodeon be free to build an underwater park in Palawan? http://www.rappler.com/nation/157988-denr-lopez-not-allow-nickelodeon-theme-park-palawan
– New Year’s Resolutions/Things to look forward to in 2017
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Saturnalia, December 26, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Saturnalia, December 26, 2016

Venue: Bacolod Chicken Inasal, The Strip, Greenhills Shopping Center, North Western St., San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Date: Monday, December 26, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come join us on the last meetup of the year!
Discussion, dinner and games!

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Venue: Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani, Quezon Avenue
Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 12:00 MN

We’re joining DAKILA for ALAB NG PUSO: Stand Up for Human Rights! Day of Art and Action for Human Rights. Come see our booth and wear black to show your solidarity!

PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES

Fair X Exhibit
1:00 PM onwards
A showcase of art works and products that contribute to human rights protection and promotion by various groups and organizations. 

History X Heroism
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
A Talk on Human Rights in the Time of Struggle by Prof. Xiao Chua

Music X Performance
4:00 PM – 12:00 MN
Music | Spoken Word | Improv | Dance

This event is organized by the Commission on Human Rights, Bantayog ng mga Bayani, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, I-Defend and DAKILA.

For more details on the activities, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1023028464487194/

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, November 27, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, November 27, 2016

 

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CHANGE OF VENUE

Venue: Simcas Apartelle, 5048 P Burgos, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila, Philippines
Google Maps Link
PWD Friendly? Not really
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 2:30PM – 5:30PM

This is a special meetup. We will be having free HIV testing, courtesy of HASH – HIV & AIDS Support House, Inc. Please arrive early.

Topics:
Do people have a right to food?
Should children be allowed to join protests?
Should private citizens be accountable for their public comments?
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, November 13, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Venue: Church of the Holy Trinity Episcopalian Church, 48 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Topics:
Trump is the next US President
Can software be unethical?
Should Mocha Uson be given a platform?
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, October 30, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, October 30, 2016

14492500_10153962340372686_6943511798186556281_nVenue: Uno Morato
Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics:
How would you rate other people?
Is appropriating food culture wrong?
Does misinformation violate the right to free speech?
Should single people be considered “infertile”?
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Chatting Back to Life | FF Podcast

Chatting Back to Life | FF Podcast

This week, we talk about the resurrection of the dead… with chatbots. We discuss a case where a dead person was “revived” into a bot that emulates his texting patterns and whether we should all want a bot of our own.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, October 16, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Venue: Uno Morato
Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics:
Is it wrong to screen against genetic disease? 
Reviving the dead with chatbots 
Unfriending over Duterte
– Raunchy Topic of the Week (18+)

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, October 2, 2016

Filipino Freethinkers Meetup, October 2, 2016

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Venue: Uno Morato
Garden Area GYY Building, #1 Tomas Morato Ave, Quezon City
Waze link: http://mobile-web.world.waze.com/en_GB/meetup/location?h=wdw54nm22
PWD Friendly? Yes
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics:
– Increasing Maternity Leaves
http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/09/26/risa-hontiveros-teddy-baguilat-maternity-leave.html
– Sexism and De Lima’s “Hysteria” vs Duterte’s “Gutom”
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/583030/news/nation/duterte-to-de-lima-take-a-break-you-ll-have-a-nervous-breakdown
– Are Certain Degrees More “Valuable” Than Others?
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/social-sciences-and-humanities-faculties-close-japan-after-ministerial-intervention
– Raunchy Topic of the Week

After the meetup we usually go for dinner and drinks somewhere nearby. If you’re not a meetup regular and can’t make it for the meetup but would like to go for the post meetup, please indicate on a post in the wall or comment so we can contact you.
Got questions about the meetup? Contact us at 0928 872 0020 / 0920 975 0092

* Newbies are welcome, and admission to the meetup is free. (Note: this does not apply to the food and other activities we may be having)
* Early birds get to play board/video/party games with the group.
* Look for the FF sign (or the group of smart, sexy people).
* There is no required age, religion, philosophy, or IQ level.
* Discussions are informal yet intelligent (most of the time).
* You don’t have to talk; you can just sit in and listen.

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The President Asks, What If There is No God?

The President Asks, What If There is No God?

In a recent speech, President Rodrigo Duterte raised the question, “What if there is no God?” He asked this in light of criticism of his stance on the war on drugs and the reinstatement of the death penalty, particularly to those who argue that only God can take a person’s life.

As freethinkers and secularists, we applaud the President’s recognition in that speech that not all Filipinos believe in a god. This might be the first nod toward non-believers by any sitting Philippine President in history. He also raised the valid problem of suffering in a world supposedly designed by a benevolent god.

Perhaps the Filipino public might begin to ask themselves that question, “What if there is no God?” How differently would we organize our lives if there were no God? How would our values change as a society? How much importance would we place on social justice in this life, rather than postponing it to a supposed afterlife?

We believe that it is about time that non-believers were recognized as equal citizens in this Catholicism-dominated country. Despite the Constitutionally protected separation of Church and State, too many politicians have used their belief in God to justify their policies, with Senator Manny Pacquiao leading the charge.

However, we also decry the misuse of atheism and agnosticism to promote non sequitur conclusions. President Duterte raised the issue of God because he believed that the death penalty would be his answer to the absence of a god judging the living and the dead.

We disagree that imposing the death penalty follows from the lack of justice in an afterlife. On the contrary, the highly likely execution of innocent citizens would be exponentially more despicable in the absence of an afterlife. There is no undoing the execution of an innocent life. There is no consolation for the wrongfully executed. In the United States, whose system of criminal investigation is already much more advanced and scientific than the Philippines’, an estimated 4% of defendants on death row are still wrongfully convicted.

And even when we are certain of a person’s guilt, the application of the death penalty should take into account its probable disproportionate imposition on the poor since the drug trade is often a refuge for those abandoned by society to fend for themselves. There is also little evidence that the death penalty is an effective deterrent against crime, when it can also serve to escalate and perpetuate the cycle of violence.

If there is no God, if there is no afterlife, justice in this life is of supreme importance. There would be no God to sort out the dead. Only we can provide justice, and there is no justice without due process.

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Saint Teresa of Suffering | FF Podcast

Saint Teresa of Suffering | FF Podcast

This week, we talk about the new Saint Teresa of Calcutta. We discuss some of the myths surrounding her and whether it’s better to let the false idea of her inspire people to do good than to tell people the truth.

Links
http://nouvelles.umontreal.ca/en/article/2013/03/01/mother-teresa-anything-but-a-saint/

Mother Teresa: Blessed Billionaire, Holy Hypocrite


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Casting Trans Roles  | FF Podcast

Casting Trans Roles | FF Podcast

This week, we talk about the movie directed by Mark Ruffalo, “Anything.” We discuss the portrayal of a trans woman by Matt Bomer and whether only certain actors can portray certain roles.

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