A club for Atheists, Agnostics, and Secular Students of Berkeley

Students for A Nonreligious Ethos at Berkeley
March 16: Blasphemy!
Written by Steve Shaw/Nick Gwynne   

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Tomorrow we'll be talking about Blasphemy laws, goddamnit! We'll be talking about why they are awful and why we as godless heathens should care. We'll discuss how various countries enact and enforce such laws. Finally, we'll be talking about our recent cookies for blasphemers event and the campus community's response to it. So join us as we celebrate and defend our God-given right to call Jesus... well, whatever we want to.

Time: Tuesday March 16, 7:00 pm
Location: 223 Dwinelle

March 9: BOWLING
Written by Steve Shaw/Nick Gwynne   


Instead of our regular meeting we'll be going bowling tomorrow!

We'll be meeting beforehand at our normal room (223 Dwinelle) at our normal time and then take the bus to Albany Bowl. Foodwise, you can grab some greasy, heart-exploding "food" at the bowling alley, or something slightly more edible at one of the nearby restaurants. Also, you could probably eat before hand, but who is really counting?

Steve says: Be there or don't!

Nick says: Be there, it'll be fun.

March 2: Arguments for God
Written by Nicholas Gwynne   

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We will be holding a discussion on the most popular arguments for the existence of gods. What are some of the more convincing arguments you've heard? The most ridiculous? Why do each of you continue to deny the divine glory of the lord of Valhalla, Thor? Do you find Pascal's Wager as annoying as I do?


Join us this Tuesday at 7:00 in 223 Dwinelle as we explore these AND MORE nagging questions about the reality of the universe.

February 23: Secularism
Written by Kevin Gorman   



This Tuesday, I'll be talking about secularism and the modern secular movement (both student, and otherwise.)  I'll be talking briefly about the history of the current secular movement, including talking about the history of SANE, but the primary focus of my presentation will be the current state of the modern secular movement at the national and international level.

Although SANE is the only secular student group in Berkeley, we are far from the only secular student group around. The Secular Student Alliance - one of several secular metagroups focusing on students - has more than 190 affiliate groups, up from just 70 only three years ago. We are part of a rapidly growing transnational movement.   While it is clear that 'we' are gaining momentum rapidly, it is not yet precisely clear what 'we' are; the secular student movement lacks a coherent identity and a cogent purpose as of yet.  The future (assuming there is one) of the secular student movement and the secular movement as a whole will be determined by our generation.

It is, of course, important to note that what I say is my opinion and mine alone; not SANE's official opinion.  SANE has always chosen to remain apolitical as an organization in the past, recognizing that our group has incredible diversity of opinion on many issues.  The diversity of opinion present in the secular student movement represents an especially great challenge to organizing a coherent movement, but is one I believe can be overcome without compromising the integrity of our movement.

February 16: Becoming Human
Written by Nicholas Gwynne   

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Greetings, Everyone!


We're going to be watch "Becoming Human", a NOVA special from PBS on human evolution. Specifically, we are watching the first part of the three-part series, "First Steps". This event is a (belated) celebration of Darwin Day, which was last Friday, the 12th of February. I hope you'll join us for this fascinating look at our evolutionary history.


Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives.


A more detailed description of the program is available at the NOVA link.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010, begins at 7:00 pm
Location : 223 Dwinelle

Haiti Earthquake
Written by Steve Shaw   

As I am sure you are all aware, Haiti was recently struck by an earthquake that has left the country devastated. It is at times like these that it becomes necessary for us to come together to help our fellow man. This point should be especially relevant to us nonbelievers as without any gods to come to the aid of the suffering it falls to us to aid the less fortunate.

To this point the The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science along with 13 other atheist and skeptic organizations have created the group Non-Believers Giving Aid to donate money to two secular groups that are working tirelessly to relieve the suffering of the Haitian people.

100% of ones donation will go to Doctors without Borders and the International Red Cross to provide immediate aid to the people of Haiti.

It is often said of atheist that we are uncaring and unsympathetic to the suffering of others. Prove them wrong.


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