We have moved to SSaSSatCU.blogspot.com.This site will be up only until the transfer of its contents to the new site is complete. Sorry for the redirection.
Yes we do consider ourselves that important.*
*Oh wait, no we don't. We realize our insignificance and stand in awe of it.
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What is the SSaSS?
We are an unaffiliated student group at the University of Colorado, Boulder. We promote critical thinking and scientific skepticism, which entail not believing anything without sufficient evidence. We want to educate the public about nonbelievers and correct many misconceptions about us; misconceptions like nonbelievers being immoral, Satan worshipers, or themselves having a tail and horns, and other nonsense. We want to provide a safe haven for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and nonbelievers alike to express their thoughts and meet like minded others.
Members and visitors to SSaSS meetings will be asked to critically evaluate things like alternative medicine, astrology, conspiracy theories, creationism/ID, religion, separation of church and state, current events, and the biggest questions of our time.
Accompanying our debunking will be the exploration of the reality of the universe around us. Astronomy, biology, physics, genetics, geology, engineering and anything we can get our hands on will be examined. We plan to have, as well as sponsor, many talks and lectures from some of our members, CU faculty, and popularizers of skepticism and non-belief. Anyone is welcome to come, we would in fact prefer to have a wide variety of opinions, majors, and professions represented at SSaSS meetings.
Come join us as we wade into the beauty and mystery of the universe around us, the incredible diversity of the life, the power of the individual, and our own ability to help the human condition, free of myths, faith, and dogmas.
What is with the galaxy crap?
As the founder of the SSaSS and creator of this website I can think of no other subject that inspires such awe and humility as astronomy does. With skepticism, usually, comes a love of science and all that it reveals. There may be no higher calling than interrogating the universe around us, teasing out nature's secrets. In the background of this site there lingers one of the most important images, I think, ever captured. It is the image revealed by the Hubble after days of exposure to a dark part of the sky over the Big Dipper. It shows us that even unimaginably far away, far back in time, out in the vast darkness, lie hundreds of billions of galaxies, made up of hundreds of billions of stars. For more on this stunning image see the wiki page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble_Deep_Field. The galaxy with the "SSaSS" in its galactic bulge is Galaxy NGC 1300. It is a barred spiral galaxy located some 69 million light years away toward the constellation Eridanus. The symbol I created for SSaSS is an attempt to combine the beauty of a galaxy with our name, to convey the group's position. As for our realized self insignificance, I will let the great Carl Sagan take it from here.
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
Other Most Excellent Websites and Blogs
PZ Myers' Pharyngula
Atheist Media Blog
Richard Dawkins' Website
Sam Harris's Project Reason
Why Evolution is True
inFact w/ Brian Dunning
Skeptics Guide to the Universe