Engaging and Celebrating Stanford's Secular Community

 

Rational Thought is now defunct. More information on the other site here.

Welcome to our pages. We are a growing group of Stanford students interested in skepticism and freethought, and we are committed to providing a forum for the exploration of these issues.

How to know whether this group is for you?

Here are some questions to consider - if on average you more or less agree with them, consider attending our events and bring in your expertise and knowledge. If you answer "yes, definitely" on all of them: May we oblige you as next president of the organization?

Does the debate over the teaching of Intelligent Design alongside evolution make you cringe?

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the persistence of pseudoscientific claims in the media and in advertising?

Are you concerned about the influence of religion on science, public policy and the unity of this country?

Would you answer "d'uh" to the question whether one can be good without God? Would you agree that non-believers should answer this question once and for all and then move on to more interesting ones?

Do you think something should be done to increase the scientific literacy in the public?

 

Our History:

Our group was started in April of 2004. Through contacts at the Center for Inquiry On Campus Program, the Secular Student Alliance and other organizations, we are able to bring you some exciting speakers on topics ranging from secular ethics to creationism, from alternative medicine to superstition. We'll also continue to foster collaborative relationships with other student groups and faculty at Stanford.

 

Our Philosophy:

As a group, we do not stand for a single philosophy. While most of us would probably describe ourselves as atheists or agnostics, all members bring with them their own background and biases. And we welcome differences of opinion and a continuous examination of our own convictions. However, we do all agree on one thing: that any belief, even society's sacred cows, should be up for scrutiny. We strive to base our responses to ideas always on the available evidence, and the evidence for any position is carefully weighed. Above all, we would like to encourage a scientific, rational outlook on life and to further skills necessary to survive in today's "pseudoscientific information age".

 

Doubt where Doubt is Due—Belief where Belief is Warranted

 

 

Last updated: 1/07/07