Tuesday, September 30, 2014
 

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Central Minnesota Freethinkers is a nonprofit charitable, social, and educational organization created to foster a community of reason. We are atheists, agnostics, humanists, secularists, and freethinkers in and around St. Cloud. We live our lives happily free of dogma and the constraints of religion.

Central Minnesota Freethinkers is a member of the Atheist Alliance and the Minnesota Secular Council. Learn more...

coffeeWe get together for coffee on the first Sunday morning of each month. Please join us at the Good Earth Co-op in St. Cloud's Centennial Plaza. (map)

Freethinkers Night Out happens the second Tuesday after each coffee social. Join us for an evening of freethinking conversation, dinner if you like, and drinks. Watch the events calendar for location.

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meetingGeneral membership meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on third Mondays in February, April, and October at either the public library or the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall in St. Cloud. We often host guest speakers on a range of interesting topics.

In June and December we get together around the Solstices for a potluck celebration. Watch the events calendar for time and location.

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This is the second in a series of six essays by St. Cloud freethinker Joel Bartos.

In 400 years of science, no legitimate scientist or scientific instrument has ever detected anything other than matter, energy and space. No legitimate scientific instrument has ever detected anything supernatural. No scientific instrument can detect a God particle. How can there be something where there is nothing?

In 400 years of science, nothing has defied the theories and Laws of science. No miracle has taken place that has defied any of those theories or Laws. All throughout the Universe the Laws of Nature (science) are the same. The Laws of Science do not allow for a God.

Randomness. In our world and in the Universe, almost everything is random. Particle motions and collisions are random. Car accidents are random. Animals eating each other is random. When people die or get sick is random as a whole. The galaxies in the universe collide on random. The list goes on. There is no rhyme or reason. One can try to make sense of things by making up rules, but there will always be things that do not make sense. But...as soon as one sees that it is all random, then it ALL makes sense. There is no room for a God in the randomness of the Universe.

Read more: Why I Do Not Believe God Exists

This is the first in a series of essays by St. Cloud freethinker Joel Bartos.

I am an Atheist because I know too much about science, reality, and the way the brain, world and universe operates to be anything else. The Laws of Science do not allow for a God, an afterlife nor anything supernatural.

As an Atheist my belief system (in my brain) agrees with what the outside world (external reality) is dictating. Nothing throws me a curve ball nor throws me for a loop, so I tend to be more stable mentally.

I tend to feel superior because I know things that most people do not know. They say religion is mass delusion, and I can see that.

I am an Atheist because it is better to know the truth. I am awake now. If I went back to believing in God and supernatural phenomenon, it would be like going back to playing with Legos and Hot Wheels. I could, but I would know it is not real life.

greg-ladenOn October 20,2014 the Central Minnesota Freethinkers are proud to present a program by Greg Laden, noted writer about climate change, evolution, science education and more at National Geographic, Science Blogs and other venues. His presentation will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall in St. Cloud at 7:00. The admission is free and the program is open to all who wish to attend.

While trained as a biological anthropologist and archeologist and having research experience at many locations in the United States and in the Congo and South Africa, and, having taught at several colleges and universities, today he mostly engages in climate change related science communication.

Read more: October Guest Speaker: Scientist & Blogger Greg Laden

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