The Course of Reason

Reflecting on a CFI Outreach Internship: Sam Farooqui

September 8, 2016 Sam Farooqui

I had been all but promised an atypical internship at the Center for Inquiry this year, given the Reason Rally and the merger with the Richard Dawkins Foundation. These forewarnings were largely correct. Although my time at CFI was shorter than it has been for past interns, I was able to be a part of things very few, if any, of them had been able to be part of. The Reason Rally had only happened once before, four years ago, and such a big shift within the organization as the merger with RDF has never happened before at CFI at all. Throughout the internship, the sense that I was experiencing CFI at a very pivotal time never escaped me.

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For People Who Love Science

July 13, 2016 Sam Farooqui

Every now and then (read: at least once every week), I come across some self-professed pro-science denizen of the internet who wants to argue about something or other. Often, they like to cite studies in support of their arguments. On several occasions (to the point that I have lost count of exactly how many occasions), I’ve looked into the methodology of those studies and found that they did not conclusively prove whatever point they were cited to prove. In multiple cases, the studies actually suggested the opposite of whatever claim they had been cited in service of. 

Yes, those people “love” science. I have some theories for why this happens so often. They involve presumption of authority and objectivity, lack of scrutiny, fetishism, and as always, media reporting and the systems that hinder accuracy therein.

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Orlando: A Message to Faith Defenders and Larger Implications for the LGBTQ+ Community

June 15, 2016 London Sneden

A reflection on the horrific events of June 12th, 2016, and the reactions to them.

Waking up to the news of the Orlando shooting on Sunday set off a chain of emotions within myself. I was shocked. I was angry. I cried. I was angry again, so on forth and so forth. The Pulse shooting has weighed very heavily on my mind since the moment I read the news, and I feel that there is so much to say about this event. This tragedy, that resulted in the deaths of 49 innocent individuals, provides commentary on so many of today’s issues that narrowing it down to just one or two, as I’ve seen many on the internet do, does not in any way do it, or the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, justice. That being said, I am in no way claiming to cover all of these issues in this post, but I do want to reflect and share my own thoughts on this tragedy, and perhaps provide some perspective on two of the aspects that I have yet to see covered.

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Affiliate Group of the Week: Secular Student Alliance at George Mason University

April 28, 2016 Stef McGraw

This week we're excited to highlight the Secular Student Alliance at George Mason University, home of former CFI Outreach intern Zach Ashton. However, in the spirit of successful leadership transitioning, Zach made sure the new group president, Michael Thompson, was able to talk with us. Read on to see what Michael has to say about why the group got started, his group's most impressive activities, and where he sees the secular movement going in the future.

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March 9, 2016 Sam Farooqui

The following is a reflection about the Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference, a student-run event proudly sponsored by CFI On Campus!

On February 20th and 21st, the first ever Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference (S3RC) was held on Florida State University's Tallahassee campus. The event was hosted by the Secular Student Alliance at Florida State University, and cosponsored by the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Florida and the Secular Student Alliance at the University of West Florida. The primary focus of the conference was regional community-building among secular students and secularism-oriented groups, but the conference pleasantly marked a secondary accomplishment: the strengthening of diversity among the Southeast secular community. The conference was attended by people from all over the American South, including North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, and host state, Florida.

S3RC Group Photo

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