The Society of Reason, based in the Capital Region of New York State, believes that while superstition, religious dogma, and other irrational belief systems are dangerous tools of manipulation and power to be rejected by critical thinkers, there are inherent human needs for community and self-examination that should not be rejected along with them.
Our mission is twofold: First, to create a community for skeptics, freethinkers, atheists, naturalists, agnostics, brights, and any other adherents of critical thought; and second, to explore and refine tools for critical introspection and self-improvement that avoid entanglement in superstition and religious dogma.


Fall Adopted Highway Clean-up - November 4th

It's time again for another of the CRAA's regular public service projects! The fall cleanup of adopted highway Rt 9R will be held on Sunday, November 4th. read more>>>

Impomptu Gathering: Drinks on International Blasphemy Day - September 30th

In honor of International Blasphemy Day, the Capital Region Atheists and Agnostics have planned a somewhat last-minute (but surely entertaining) get-together at an exciting new location! Organizer Rick says: read more>>>

CDHS Presents - "Homage to the Creative Spirit" - October 14th

In this free, open to the public CDHS presentation; artist Jenness Cortez will present a lecture and slideshow covering topics from her book "Homage to the Creative Spirit".

Food Bank Volunteer Project - October 7th

Continuing in their tradition of community service, the Capital Region Atheists & Agnostics has organized another volunteer day at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York for members of the Faith-free community. read more>>>

Third Annual 'Pirates and Pasta' dinner! - September 19th

The CRAA has once again organized its annual celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. This unusual event, beloved by many, is best described in the words of this year's organizer, Mike: read more>>>

CDHS Presents "Truth or Happiness: Must Humanists Decide?" - August 12th

In this free, open to the public CDHS presentation; Dr. Gary Brill, Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University, will present his work on the psychological benefits of religion, and whether non-believers can achieve them. read more>>>

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