Every now and then (read: at least once every week), I come across some self-professed pro-science denizen of the internet who wants to argue about something or other. Often, they like to cite studies in support of their arguments. On several occasions (to the point that I have lost count of exactly how many occasions), I’ve looked into the methodology of those studies and found that they did not conclusively prove whatever point they were cited to prove. In multiple cases, the studies actually suggested the opposite of whatever claim they had been cited in service of.
Yes, those people “love” science. I have some theories for why this happens so often. They involve presumption of authority and objectivity, lack of scrutiny, fetishism, and as always, media reporting and the systems that hinder accuracy therein.
A reflection on the horrific events of June 12th, 2016, and the reactions to them.Waking up to the news of the Orlando shooting on Sunday set off a chain of emotions within myself. I was shocked. I was angry. I cried. I was angry again, so on forth and so forth. The Pulse shooting has weighed very heavily on my mind since the moment I read the news, and I feel that there is so much to say about this event. This tragedy, that resulted in the deaths of 49 innocent individuals, provides commentary on so many of today’s issues that narrowing it down to just one or two, as I’ve seen many on the internet do, does not in any way do it, or the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, justice. That being said, I am in no way claiming to cover all of these issues in this post, but I do want to reflect and share my own thoughts on this tragedy, and perhaps provide some perspective on two of the aspects that I have yet to see covered.
This week we're excited to highlight the Secular Student Alliance at George Mason University, home of former CFI Outreach intern Zach Ashton. However, in the spirit of successful leadership transitioning, Zach made sure the new group president, Michael Thompson, was able to talk with us. Read on to see what Michael has to say about why the group got started, his group's most impressive activities, and where he sees the secular movement going in the future.
The following is a reflection about the Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference, a student-run event proudly sponsored by CFI On Campus!
On February 20th and 21st, the first ever Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference (S3RC) was held on Florida State University's Tallahassee campus. The event was hosted by the Secular Student Alliance at Florida State University, and cosponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida and the Secular Student Alliance at the University of West Florida. The primary focus of the conference was regional community-building among secular students and secularism-oriented groups, but the conference pleasantly marked a secondary accomplishment: the strengthening of diversity among the Southeast secular community. The conference was attended by people from all over the American South, including North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, and host state, Florida.
The following is a reflection about the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers' annual Darwin Week lecture series. CFI On Campus was a proud sponsor of Darwin Week 2016!Student groups are fickle things. Many are ultimately temporary, due to either the graduation of founders and unsuccessful transitionary periods or simply the dropping off of a trend. Case in point, you won’t see many Students for Rand last until 2020. For older organizations like the UNI Freethinkers & Inquirers, events like Darwin Week show the changing perspectives and opinions of the members over time. Given that we are talking about an event that has to do with Darwin, it is apropos to say, “Evolution”, I suppose. I was not around to participate in the first Darwin Week, nor will I be around to participate in the last one. But I do know that Darwin Week will keep changing to fit the needs and goals of not only UNIFI, but the student body as a whole.