The Course of Reason

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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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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Stop Calling Religion a Mental Illness

October 11, 2011 Chris Burke

“Religion is a mental illness.”

You’ve probably heard this phrase, or variation of, used by a fellow non-believer. You could be like myself, someone who has, unfortunately, used a similar expression. I’ve come to realize how wrong and immature this is.

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