Freethinkers

Freethinkers of WWU

Articles in the Discussion Meetings category

Who Watches the Watchmaker? Humans, Evolution, and Un/Natural Selection

Did you hear that over 15,000 people voted for Harambe in the presidential election? This claim, which has been making the rounds on social media for weeks, is unsubstantiated, but it may just be the most plausible thing we've heard all election ...

Untangling Evidence, Logic, and Rhetoric

If the past week has left you feeling more confused than ever, you're not alone. After all, it's hard to keep up. Particularly when half the battle these days is deciding who you can trust. Sometimes the truth reveals itself. For example, when the ...

The Turing Test: Thought and Consciousness

Have you truly considered the term freethought? It dates back to a letter written by the Irish philosopher William Molyneux in 1697. In his letter addressed to John Locke, Molyneux praised the skeptic John Toland as a freethinker, and the phrase has ...

Mass Hysteria and Collective Delusions

Earlier this month, protesters at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia reported symptoms of respiratory distress, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and diffuse pain that began during the demonstration. The incident was covered by alternative ...

Encounters with the Other

Secularists, and followers of non-mainstream or fringe religions, often find themselves in communities, settings, and circumstances in which their (non)beliefs mark them out as different. For many who go against the grain of tradition, navigating the ...

Religion, Gender, and Discrimination

A a look at the intersection of religion, gender, and discrimination. What happens when people with conflicting ideas about the role of sex in everyday interactions encounter one another - and how much should we tolerate? Suggested reading: United ...

Introductory Meeting

Freethinkers, Secular Humanists, and the New Atheism Movement: WWU's Freethinkers club welcomes all types. Where do you and your philosophy fit in to all of this? The links below can help define some terms. What is a Freethinker? What is Secular ...