Center for Inquiry On Campus (and its predecessor, the Campus Freethought Alliance) has been connecting students with knowledge, resources, and other leading secular activists and scientists for over fifteen years. We believe that it is our job to inspire students and to educate the secular leaders of tomorrow so that they can expand on the limits of our knowledge and bring reason to the coming generations. A big part of how we fulfill this mission of being a jumping-off point for young freethinkers is by holding our annual student leadership conference. It is a chance for students to come together in real life and relate leadership experiences, share how-to tips, make connections, and inspire each other. Several students who attended the 2011 Student Leadership Conference have offered to share their stories so that others can get an idea of what to expect, why it is important, and how you can help. This is one of those stories.
This morning the Titans for Reason, the secular pro-science student group at California State University – Fullerton, found their on-campus office space vandalized, apparently by a religious individual or group.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. -Psalm 14:1
Sometimes theists say this to me. They mean to call me a fool. Of course, it’s not them saying it; they are merely quoting the bible. If I weren’t properly medicated, that sort of thing might hurt my feelings. I used to just tell myself, “Nah, it’s not true, Seth. You’re not a fool.” But maybe I am a fool. After all, it says so in the bible.
I was recently contacted by a writer who goes by the name Donovanable and blogs at Pervasive Goodness. She is a psychology student who has grown tired of woo and superstition within the field of psychology and wanted to get other skeptical students to review their programs and let people know what they might expect from psych programs all over the country. I know a lot of students in CFI On Campus affiliates are psychology students, and I think that this is a great idea, so I wanted to share some things about her project. The database site is Evidence Based Education, and you can read more about it below.