The Course of Reason

Will Somebody Please Think of the Children!?

August 17, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

Recently, an article by Hemant Mehta garnered my attention by pointing out that skepticism is something we should use to analyze more of the world. We are used to thinking of skepticism as a way to approach topics like alternative medicine, the paranormal, and fringe sciences, but how else could we be using it? On top of Mehta’s ideas, I’d like to share a few thoughts about one thing in particular.

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Who Can Help Me be Successful? Utilizing Your Resources is Crucial!

August 15, 2011 Jessica Swider

Managing a campus group can be hard—especially if you’re new to the whole process. Tips and tricks are helpful, but sometimes not enough. If you’re just starting out and feeling clueless, or if you just need some fresh insight, it’s important to remember to use ALL your resources. Below are some things to keep in mind if you need an extra hand.

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Atheist Humility

August 14, 2011 Michael Dippold

One thing that annoys me about the atheist movement is the idea that being an atheist makes you a beacon of rationality. We’re “brights,” which means that we have things figured out. And yet in any discussion (especially online) with an atheist, you’re bound to catch them espousing views that are not supported by evidence, or poor/fallacious reasoning. This is even more pronounced when you engage an atheist in a discussion about some topic unrelated to religion or science.

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Jebediah’s Wager

August 12, 2011 Seth Kurtenbach

A response to Pascal’s Wager by Seth Kurtenbach.

Pascal’s Wager is an all too familiar argument for those of us in the skeptical community. We like to point out that there are innumerable other gods for whom the same wager may be considered, thereby undermining the power of the original wager which usually focuses on Christianity. We say, as did Richard Dawkins, “what if you’re wrong about Zeus, Ba’al, Wotan, or the great JuJu at the Bottom of the Sea?…”

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Freethought Field Trip: Robert Ingersoll Museum

August 11, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

Today, August 11th, is the birthday of one of the most amazing and influential leaders of the freethought movement. Robert Green Ingersoll (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899) was born in Dresden, NY, a mere two-hour drive from the current Center for Inquiry headquarters. I recently had the chance to visit the Robert Ingersoll Museum, the birth place and historic home that is maintained by the Council for Secular Humanism. The home was purchased and restored and is currently filled with Ingersoll’s work as well as period-specific artifacts and pieces of local history. I asked a few of my fellow freethinkers to go on a field trip to see the museum. In all, nine of us piled into two cars and took off to learn more about this amazing thinker and orator who was known as "The Great Agnostic."

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