The Course of Reason

The Brain: A User’s Manual

December 24, 2013 Seth Kurtenbach

If you are reading this, then you have a brain. Thus far you've achieved great things with your brain, and you should be proud! Right now you are decoding a system of arbitrary symbols that represent phonemes of words in the English language, and that is no trivial task. What else can you do with your brain? It is a good idea to try and figure that out. We don't know for sure the limits of the brain, but through lots of hard work, we've made some progress.

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CFI–GVSU Hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson

November 26, 2013 Maria Beelen

My organization, Center for Inquiry–Grand Valley, had the amazing opportunity to host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson at our school, Grand Valley State University. It was about a nine month process that started in late February 2013 when we got in contact with Dr. Tyson's agent to sign the contract, and ended when we finally hosted him on November 13th.

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Affiliate Group of the Week #26: Secular Student Alliance at UCSC

November 21, 2013 Cody Hashman

We are pleased to announce this week's Affiliate Group of the Week, the Secular Student Alliance at the University of California, Santa Cruz. This group has hosted past Point of Inquiry host, Indre Viskontas, CFI board chair, Eddie Tabash, and will soon host Julia Galef. The current president, Rob Carmen, answered a few questions for us. 

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“Stoning” Heathens To Raise Money for Cancer Research

October 29, 2013 Amanda Supak

Every year AHA tries to come up with a way to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It's not easy coming up with a unique idea that draws people in and encourages them to donate. This year we decided to combine our fundraising event with awareness for International Blasphemy Rights Day.

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Music Monday: Jay Z - “Heaven”

October 14, 2013 Cody Hashman

Syd LeRoy, director of CFI–New York City, recently alerted me to the heresy contained in Jay Z's most recent album Magna Carta... Holy Grail. The 9th track, "Heaven" is particularly critical of religion. 

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