NASA is in trouble, and we're told the culprit is directional drift. Directional drift is the lack of a clear consensus on NASA's overall mission. Ever since NASA accomplished its last clear objective, beating the Soviets to the moon, it has adopted a splintered one-shot mission approach to procuring funding and establishing purpose. This strategy is a failed one, because specific, clearly defined objectives are death for government agencies. In order to survive, a government agency needs a broad, general objective that is just barely defined enough to have its success measurable.
Andrei Semenov, the current president of the Secular Student and Skeptics Society at the University of Colorado Boulder reflects on the success and impact of the group over the past year.
In high school I had a great physics teacher, Doc Collins. I remember one day he had a strange contraption in his lab. It consisted of a bicycle wheel (with axle) and a spinnable stool. To operate the contraption, you held the wheel vertically in front of you by the axle, and sat on the spinnable stool. Then you spun the wheel. If the wheel was vertical, nothing happened. But if you tilted the wheel left or right, your stool would begin to spin, as if by magic. This really blew my mind at the time. A good science teacher does things like that. The question in every student's mind, upon sitting in the stool and feeling the spin, was, "How?"
Why is blasphemy an important issue for the non-religious? Why do we, of all people, care about promoting free expression? How is the defense of free expression a humanistic endeavor?
Join the discussion next Monday, September 9 starting at 9:00 PM EST. A live stream of the event (a live online Google Hangout with video) will be posted to the Google+ event page, where campus organizers Sarah Kaiser and Cody Hashman will be joined by student leaders and CFI Office of Public Policy director Michael De Dora to discuss International Blasphemy Rights Day, coming up on September 30, and how and why we can promote free expression.
Max Nielson, contortionist extraordinaire, and president of the Secular Student Alliance at the College of Charleston shares with us what the CFI On Campus affiliate at his school has been up to.