The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, free inquiry and humanist values. CFI Rogue Valley Freethinkers (RVF) is an outreach satellite group of Center for Inquiry Portland, the branch for the Oregon, Washington and Idaho area. Our RVF group offers two venues, in Grants Pass and Ashland, for free thinking humanists to meet together regularly on Sunday afternoons regarding various topics of interest and to support networking of our members in the Rogue Valley.
Center For Inquiry is building communities like this one around the globe to provide for the social and intellectual needs of freethinking people. You may be familiar with our two magazines, Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer, and our award winning podcast Point of Inquiry. We engage in grassroots and nationwide campaigns through our Office of Public Policy to tackle issues relating to separation of church and state or policies which are not supported by evidence based science. We offer several educational college courses, certifications to become a secular celebrant, a camp for children ages 7-16, a non-religious 'Alcoholics Anonymous', as well as numerous social activities. CFI does research into philosophical naturalism, democratic secularism, and humanist ethics. Three major research projects include the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion and two peer reviewed journals analyzing the claims of alternative medicine and mental health practicioners.
We'd like to see this meetup become as active as our Portland meetup. By building strong communities like this one throughout the US, we will help encourage our society to make decisions be based on evidence. Only through rational thinking will we be able to solve the challenges of tomorrow. Be a part of the change by supporting CFI and joining the secular community. Your participation is important and you'll likely make friends.
What is a freethinker? Some people confuse freethinking with unbounded freedom to believe whatever one wants to believe. The term actually has quite a history in this country and here it carries the meaning of being free from old religious beliefs based on myths, superstitions and constraints from 'gods' (as revealed to priests and preachers via their direct pipelines that no one else has access to). In place of those constraints which we reject, we accept the better guidelines of logic, reason, evidence, and the scientific method. And, we use that approach to explore a variety of topics, such as social justice concerns, politics, ethics, morals, future concerns (population, environment, economics, etc.), scientific new discoveries that change our understanding of our world, etc.
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