UConn group thinks freely
Published: Monday, October 15, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012 23:10
Arguments over morals and beliefs will never be a problem for the UConn Freethinkers.
Though many groups argue endlessly over which religions are moral or believable, the UConn Freethinkers are a group dedicated to respecting the individual beliefs of students, no matter what they may be.
“Freethought” is defined on their Facebook page as a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs should be formed on the basis of science and logic, and not be influenced by emotion, authority, tradition, or any dogma.
Their name and purpose definitely fit within that description. The Freethinkers describe themselves as “a campus group for atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and like-minded individuals.”
They meet every Monday to discuss various topics, both religious and nonreligious.
While there is no set theme for what their discussions are about, they generally revolve around the ability to debate and discuss different subjects that, at times, can be considered controversial.
Some topics they’ve covered are vegetarianism, aliens and UFOs, conspiracy theories, free will, cannibalism and astrology, among many others.
They’ve also covered the contentious subjects of abortion, suicide and assisted suicide, the cultural values of religion, and the ethics of war, which commonly result in heated debates between many groups in the modern day.
Member attendance is not mandatory, and members can come and go freely as they like, allowing for a free-flowing atmosphere in the meetings.
The Freethinkers Club has meetings every Monday in SU room 320 at 9:15 p.m., with no set end time.