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Reaching Out: An Atheist’s Experience with Depression

October 20, 2011 Chris Burke

There comes a time, every now and then, when you just have to write on a particular subject. You find yourself neglecting school work to write because what you want to write feels more important than the reading assignments for the week. There are bigger things in life than school assignments, and this feels like one of those things. You hope that this message will reach the right ears and that it will make a difference, no matter how small that difference may be.

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What do pi, towels, and pirates have in common?

October 19, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

Hello, all! I have been wanting to create a calendar that lists all of the scientific, secular, and skeptical holidays that might be fun for student groups to celebrate. I know that there are a ton of them out there, so feel free to email me your favorites or post them in the comments. Here are the ones I have so far:

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Skeptical Kid is Skeptical

October 18, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

When we think of the typical “students” that are in CFI college affiliate groups, I bet most of us imagine someone 15-24, single, loves Doctor Who, and so on. The truth is that most student groups have at least a few members who are non-traditional, meaning that, among other things, they might be married, over twenty-three, or a parent. My student group had mostly non-traditional students, and I was one, so I try to consider the non-traditional point of view and circumstances while organizing and helping other groups to plan.

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Music Monday: Cake - “Sheep Go To Heaven”

October 17, 2011 Cody Hashman

Some days you just need a fun song to listen to. Today that song is Cake's "Sheep Go To Heaven." 

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Faith

October 13, 2011 Dave Muscato

Trigger Warning: In the course of this article I will be making an analogy to sexual assault.

All belief in supernatural things, by definition, boils down to faith. There is no evidence for supernatural beings, in fact there can’t be any (evidence, by definition, exists only in the natural realm). Supernatural entities are by definition postulatory, since they live or exist outside of our experience. Their existence, by definition, is not parsimonious, and must be preceded by the word “alleged.”

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