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California Freethought Day.

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The ACSJ will have a table to support Freethought Day and to give us community visibility. Please consider volunteering to work at the table. Freethought Day is completely free!

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The 17th annual California Freethought Day celebrates secular rights, science, and the First Amendment.

California Freethought Day combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. It's a festival of freethought. We'll have speakers and live entertainment, an authors' panel with Q&A, and more!

Our 2018 Theme: Discover Reason:
For centuries, we have been bombarded with ideas about a reality that simply does not exist. Our grandparents' snake oil salesmen and doomsday prophecies have evolved into a sophisticated network of conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, deliberate omissions from our children's education, and worse. The problem, aided by broadcast news and social media, isn't limited to #fakenews and articles that end up on Snopes. The problem persists:

- in headlines -- when journalists don't understand scientific journals,
- in schools -- where textbooks are influenced by strong biases, and
- in politics -- while our elected officials are creating policy that may save us or destroy us.

In our 2018 event, our speakers will share their experiences and concerns relating to scientific discovery and how those discoveries are communicated, portrayed, and used in our modern society. In turn, we hope this helps people everywhere become more critical of everything they see and hear, demand stronger evidence, and encourage our legislators to be prudent stewards of scientific progress.

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