2011-2012 EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
President: Tyler Arthur (email)
Vice President: Daniel Newcomb (email)
Treasurer: Paul Tuscano (email)
Executive-at-Large: Nicole Schrand (email)
Secretary: Erich Alderfer (email)
Webmaster: Wade S. Duvall (email)
A person who forms opinions about life on the basis of reason and free inquiry, independent of tradition, authority, or established belief.
Who we are:
Free@VT is a student organization comprised of individuals interested in promoting and applying freethought. We promote and practice the open, rational, and scientific examination of the universe through meetings and forums. Discussed are religious, scientific, political, and philosophical topics. In addition to these meetings, typically held on Tuesdays, we hold social outings. All are welcome to attend, and anyone who grounds their opinions in critical thinking and logic is welcome to contribute!
Freethought is the application of critical thinking and logic to all areas of human experience. For many freethinkers, this leads to the rejection of supernatural and authoritarian beliefs. Freethinkers value rational and scientific inquiry, individual freedom and responsibility, and the need for tolerance and cooperation. Freethought is thought unconstrained by deference to authority. Freethinkers include, among others, atheists, agnostics, deists, humanists, skeptics, and rationalists.
We also seek to demonstrate, by argument and action, that it is possible to lead a good and meaningful life without religion, and that ethics and morality can be meaningfully based on rational and humanistic ideals and values.
We want to make it clear that although we advocate particular views about the universe and how to understand it, we do not wish to force anyone to believe as we do. We may attempt to persuade and cast our ideas in a positive light, but never at the cost of dishonesty, intimidation, or manipulation.
Many people believe that Freethinkers want to force everyone to live in an “atheistic regime.” Little could be further from the truth. We believe that every individual must discover truth and meaning on their own and that strong legal or cultural rules about how to view the world are almost always dangerous and counterproductive.
We also wish to stress the difference between opposing a view of the universe and opposing the people that support that view. Indeed there are many world views that we feel we have examined enough to be confident in opposing. However, we do not directly oppose the people that believe them. We feel that it is naive to define people simply by the way they view the world–especially considering how much this can change during the course of a lifetime.
(Thanks to Students for Freethought @ OSU for some of the text on this page.)