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.


The Friendly Atheist - Hemant Mehta at RPI

Hemant Mehta, best known as The Friendly Atheist or The eBay Atheist, recently paid a visit to the Secular Student Alliance at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New Yok. Hemant's original claim to fame was an eBay auction where he offered to go to the religious service of the buyer's choice for one day per $10 spent. The media spun this as Hemant "selling his soul," and after he tipped off a few key blogs and local media organizations, his auction quickly made the international news. read more>>>

Drinking Skeptically - March 31st

The Capital District Skeptics Meetup Group is holding a new event this month. It will be on Wednesday, March 31st at Brown's Brewing Company in Troy. Organizer Rick says: read more>>>

Hemant Mehta Speaks at RPI - March 30th

On Tuesday, March 30, author, blogger, and self-described "friendly atheist" Hemant Mehta will give a presentation on the (true) story of how he "sold his soul on eBay" and on atheism in general. read more>>>

Report from Afghanistan

This Sunday, the Capital District Humanist Society is presenting a free, open to the public talk by reporter, photographer, and cultural anthropologist Connie Frisbee Houde about the war torn country. read more>>>

Godless Gathering at Java's: New Night!

The Capital Region Atheists and Agnostics Meetup Group is planning a get-together on Tuesday, March 23rd at Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary in Albany. Organizer Deb says: read more>>>

Skeptically Caffeinated is Back! - March 10th

Fresh from the success of it's inaugural meeting, the Capital District Skeptics Meetup Group will be holding regular gatherings. The next is on Wednesday, March 10th at Professor Java's Coffee Sanctuary in Albany. Organizer Aaron says: read more>>>

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