I am at a conference about formal methods in computer security. In formal methods, they use math talk to make proofs about systems. For example, cryptography is really important for computer security, and it would be nice if we could formally prove that a cryptographic system is secure. But the strangest thing always seems to happen. Some intrepid formal methods researcher will publish a proof about a cryptosystem's being secure, and then in a year or so some other intrepid researcher will publish a successful attack strategy on the system. So, what is going on here? How could the proof turn out to be wrong? That's been a big issue at the conference.
The arguments surrounding religion and secularism are many and varied. Most of you reading this are likely familiar with the arguments both for and against religion, gods, and the afterlife and if you are reading this are likely in the atheist camp. There is however, an argument in favor of religious belief that has great weight and which only the most belligerent of atheists would confront: the argument from personal comfort. I have often read and heard people go back and forth on this question and have always been quite assured in how I would react in a similar situation. I never would have guessed that the test of my ethos would come so soon.
On Tuesday, Cody Hashman hosted CFI On Campus' second session of The Course of Reason On Air. We were joined by 3 students from schools across the US and Sam Shore from the Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB), all of whom have experience and success in raising money for Light the Night (LTN).
Below is an outline of the discussion from the session as well as links and resources that will help you set up a successful Light the Night team and participate in Hug an Atheist Week.
Jessica Argyle, president of Dixie Reason, Inquiry, and FreeThought shares her thoughts on how the group started and what they provide to the local community in her area.
In the second installment of the Course of Reason On Air sessions campus organizers Cody Hashman and Sarah Kaiser will be joined by students leaders from campuses around the US to discuss their involvement in the Light the Night and Hug an Atheist events that are taking place this fall to raise money for blood cancer research. A live stream of the Hangout will be posted on the G+ event page starting at 8:00 PM EST on Tuesday, Aug. 27.