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Being an Intern at the Center for Inquiry

March 2, 2012 Dren Asselmeier

Center for Inquiry recently announced the two intern positions that we will be filling for this year. I am happy that so many students have applied already, but I want to encourage all potential applicants to look into the option of interning here. It is a great experience, a lot of fun, and a lot of important skill-building work!

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Finally, Another Freethought Library Update!

February 29, 2012 Rebecca Tippens

It's been a while since our last update, but the Freethought Library project continues. Exciting news, too -- we're up to 72 books! Several of these books came from our awesome membership (thanks guys!), but we'd especially like to thank American Atheists for their generous contribution (I'm particularly excited about the many copies of the X-Rated Bible). Your support means the world to us!

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ReasonFest 2012 Panel Discussion: “Is religion a force for good?”

February 28, 2012 Dave Muscato

Dave Muscato from MU SASHA shares a transcript of his talk at ReasonFest 2012, along with a few closing thoughts on the question "Is religion a force for good?"

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Xzibit and Formal Logic

February 27, 2012 Seth Kurtenbach

Hello. Seth Here. Today’s homily will be about the relation between the Xzibit meme and formal logic. For some, formal logic is like the scary sister of the sexy informal logic you are trying to date. You want to become as familiar as possible with informal logic, but you try to stay out of sight from formal logic. Perhaps you spend hours looking at websites exploring every intimate detail of fallacies constituting the body of informal logic, so’s to better woo your mistress. But to spend hours looking at websites exploring the intimate details of formal logic would just be twisted; a form of sadomasochism. In some ways, yes, extended study of formal logic is self-torture, and to read about the formal logical pursuits of others is to delight in their suffering. But in small doses, the drug is beneficial (I freely dance with multiple metaphors at the Ball). I will show you that if you can reason about the Xzibit meme on the interwebs, you can do formal logic.

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A Secular Lent

February 22, 2012 Cody Hashman

Every year around the end February or early March I see people walking around with soot on thier foreheads and I am instantly reminded that I will soon see a barrage of piety for at least the next 40 days. People telling me they have given up chocolate, like Jesus will see their sacrifice as analagous to his megalomanical bodily sacrifice that absolved all humans of thier sins–HA! While I find this declaration of religious fervor somewhat repulsive, I think there might be some value in participating in such a tradition for reasons other than religion. 

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