It occurred to me recently that I have added hundreds of contacts and several friends since starting my position as Campus Organizer here at CFI On Campus and yet many people don't know, and often ask, how I came to be an atheist. I enjoy talking to others about the process, and believe that it is important for us to have a productive dialogue about the best way to be a supportive non-religious community that welcomes others who are in doubt, have stopped believing in religion, or who have never believed but want to find a place to belong. I've broken it up into two parts and I'll try to make it as entertaining as possible.
Ok, I have a confession. I hate O.A.R.. So you know how there are a lot of people who love Boondock Saints? I hate that movie, but I get why people like it, I guess. In the same way I get why people like O.A.R., I think. I just happen to not like them because every time I went to a bar in my hometown that had a jukebox some asshole would always play that 15 minute O.A.R. song titled "Crazy Game of Poker" and ruin my night. Whatever.
Dave Muscato here. My friend Steven Olsen, President of Springfield Freethinkers (Springfield, MO), co-founder of Carl Sagan’s Dance Party, and co-author of Unbelievable History and I, along with a few others, recently had a discussion on JT Eberhard‘s Facebook wall about the term, “New Atheism.”
Carl Sagan Day was November 9th. Many groups choose to celebrate the life and work of Sagan in unique and fun ways this year. Sagan’s inspirational words on science and the beauty of the universe are just as relevant as ever, especially with science being under constant attack from those who wish to discredit knowledge and academia in favor of pushing their faith and literal interpretations of holy books onto the public. Here are a few articles that pay homage to Sagan and his legacy.
So I am going to pull the old "goodnews, bad news, good news" trick. Ok, good news: It's Music Monday. Bad news: There is about an 20 min left of Monday where I live. Good news: That's quite enough time to listen to, as hinted at last week, "Big Bang" by Cursive (or you could listen on Tuesday, whatever).