Friday, September 3, 2010

Nonbelievers and believers stand shoulder to shoulder to watch debate.

We want to thank everyone who packed into the Graham classroom for our first debate last night! For those of you who missed it, the topic was "Does the Christian God Exist?" Phillip Drum and Joshua Deaton represented the UNC-G Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics. Thanks to Sye Ten Bruggencate and Pastor Dustin Segers for representing Shepard's Fellowship of Greensboro Sovereign Baptist Church and to Pastor Sterling J Vanderwerker for moderating. Special thanks to James Gemperline for filming the event.






















Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Clock Tower Myth

Prospective students on tour at UNC-G will learn from the tour guide that if you walk under the clock tower then you will not graduate on time. The clock tower was a gift from the class of 1941 in honor of its 50th anniversary and had its ceremony on October 4, 1991. Like all myths, the commandment's origins are difficult to discern. Perhaps it was a joke started by one of the donors. If so, it probably didn't catch on until years later, because this 1993 picture clearly shows students conversing under the tower. As skeptics, we thought it appropriate to challenge the superstition and encourage students to walk under it.

Just don't manage your time by the clock tower display - it's inaccurate. If you have too many tardies because you went by the incorrect time, you could fail the class, not graduate when you expected and you'll be tempted to blame it on the myth. So for the sake of skepticism: be punctual!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Good Atheist brings laughs and insight to campus

Great thanks to Jacob Fortin, also known as The Good Atheist, for coming to UNC-G from Canada to facilitate his hilarious open forum lecture entitled, "Holy Shit, I'm an Ape!" Be sure to listen out his weekly podcast! Disclaimer: the videos contain strong language that may be unsuitable for the weak of heart or the believers of a soul. Thanks to James Gemperline for filming!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

John Shook discusses the psychology of religious belief

Thanks again to John Shook (PhD, Philosophy) for his thoughtful and engaging lecture on the psychology of religious belief. Dr. Shook recently published The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between). He is the Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry. Thanks James Gemperline for filming the lecture!

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