Freedom depends on FreeThoughtby Don Lacey on Oct. 23, 2012, under Atheism, AZ Politics, Critical Thinking, Education, Faith, Freethought, God & Bible, Logic, Materialism, Reason, Science, Skepticism
This is a slogan printed on the side of stainless thermally insulated coffee mugs offered as a reward for joining or renewing membership in FreeThought Arizona. There are similar slogans but this one is unique to us. The “board” came up with the slogan. Many were suggested and after a couple of rounds of votes we settled on this simple, short slogan.
FreeThought Arizona is a scientific SkeptiAtheistHumanist organization that supports the Tucson community. That’s a lot of ground to cover and it is very difficult to capture all that in one short blurb. The former editor of this blog shares his thoughts:
Does Freedom Depend on Free Thought? That’s the inscription on the mug. Can there be a free society in which its members all think alike and never deviate from the way the group thinks about anything? In theory, it is possible. If knowledge about every subject is so well distributed that everyone reaches the same conclusion on their own you might have that. Our own society nearly approximates this in regard to certain once-disputed facts like the Earth being round. In practice, knowledge about many things is not so evenly distributed. And there is no way to know, a priori, which side of disputed issues is actually correct. People have historically dealt with this either by conforming to what the majority of the group thinks, or by continuing to discuss their differences as long as there is disagreement. The latter approach is consistent with the idea of free thought, since thinking differently is much more useful if the reasons behind different thinking are discussed rather than concealed. The latter approach is also characteristic of free societies. The more conformist a culture, the less freedom that culture tends to allow. In this sense, I agree with the statement, “Freedom Depends on Free Thought”.
On another note:
Roy Zimmerman will make another pass through Tucson soon. He’s bringing his “Starving Ear” virtual nightclub and global meeting place with him. He’s been on the road for months spreading his message. He’s taken his show through 49 states playing songs such as “Vote Republican,” “Hope, Struggle, and Change,” and “Creation Science 101.” If you like your music slightly folksy and progressive, you shouldn’t miss his live performance:
Friday, Nov. 2 8 pm TUCSON, AZ
Hope, Struggle and Change
with special guest Ted Warmbrand!
Southside Presbyterian Church
317 West 23rd Street
$15 or pay what you can