Center for a Reasoning Society (CFARS) is foremost a meeting place for free thought and open inquiry. We are a diverse group of people with diverse interests who value free expression, a respectful attitude, and recognize how an education emphasizing critical thinking truly benefits our society. Reason may be considered the opposite of dogmatic thinking. Like the Royal Society of Britain's motto, 'take nobody's word for it' we stress the importance of questioning authority and striving towards higher levels of knowledge. Reason not only prevents deception and dispels delusion, but can constructively light the way to a new understanding, awareness, and creative possibilities.
Environmental and humanitarian challenges
We know from environmental science that human-caused climate disruption is a complex global threat. We are experiencing the consequences: arctic and antarctic ice are melting rapidly causing rising ocean levels, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, drastic changes in weather patterns, and subsequent impacts such as floods, droughts, food shortages, famines, disease, political unrest, migrations. Many of these aspects are interrelated. This is a human-caused problem and a solution is urgent. One of our special interest groups, Citizen-passport, highlights environmental and humanitarian challenges to a global audience. Center for a Reasoning Society also donates to relief efforts around the globe to support people in need. You can view our record of our organization's donations here.
Critical thinking educational programs
CFARS develops curriculum and leads exciting programs for K12 and libraries to inspire a scientific and critical perspective. These educational modules utilizing project-based learning activities offer a short and dynamic introduction to various fields of science and the humanities. So far, a few of our chapters have led programs on math and coding; chemistry; physics, and science fiction-based digital story telling. We currently have developed seven different modules that inspire scientific curiosity. CFARS offers a Critical Thinking Professional Workshop, a proactive approach to help teachers nurture and inspire a critical attitude in their classrooms. CFARS also supports cultural literacy programs for libraries by supplying DVDs from the Great Courses. Educational activities aren't limited to the above -- we get together as families and friends for many fun activities that enrich our intellectual experience and keep things interesting for youth in our Citizens of the World group.
Crisis of anti-reason
Fake news and disinformation cause people to lose sight of what information or claims are sound and accurate or credible and reliable. This purposeful and politically driven spread of disinformation is dangerous. "Alternative facts" are not facts. We have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our communities from such deception. To be informed citizens today requires a special effort by each one of us to cautiously reason, an application of healthy skepticism, and an updated understanding of unconscious biases. CFARS offers resources for reasoning and encourages a holistic approach to reasoning well. We are currently developing a program for the public, a workshop to combat fake news.
The legacy of reasoning
Reasoning can be transformative and broaden our perspective of the universe and ourselves. Many great contributors have illuminated a path of insight and understanding through the use of the "light" of reason. These great minds of the past range from philosophers, scientists, and creative authors, to men and women who dedicated themselves to make a positive difference for humanity in the areas of social justice and human rights. We can only follow in their footsteps and build upon their great accomplishments, continuing the legacy of reason to enlighten the world.
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