Reason in the Rock - Conference about Science and Secularism!

This is our second year hosting Little Rock's conference on Science, Secularism, and Critical Thinking. Help us keep this unique experience free to the public!
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Reason in the Rock...

Help us present a conference on science and secularism in the Bible Belt!

We are the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, and we are dedicated to promoting critical thinking, scientific inquiry, tolerance, and separation of church and state. 

Last year we put on a conference on secularism that was completely free for anyone who wanted to attend. At Reason in the Rock's inauguration, we treated 150 attendees to presentations by leaders in the pro-science and secularist movement.

We want to do it again this year, but with a bigger impact - and we want to keep Reason in the Rock free for anyone who can't afford to pay to go to a conference like this.

What It Is

We have already committed many exciting speakers! Over a two day period, October 26-27, 2013, at the Wyndham Hotel in North Little Rock, we'll present these speakers and - with your help - others:

Zack Kopplin - Student activist who is challenging the Louisiana state legislature over creationism in the science classroom. 

David Silverman – President of American Atheists

Darrel W. Ray, MA, Ed.D. – Psychologist, Co-Founder of Recovering From Religion, Author of The God Virus and Sex & God

Dan Barker – Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, former Christian pastor, Author of Godless; The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God; Maybe Yes, Maybe No: A Guide for Young Skeptics; and Losing Faith: From Preacher to Atheist

Matt Dillahunty – President of the Atheist Community of Austin (TX), host of the public access TV show The Atheist Experience, host of the live internet radio show Non-Prophets Radio.

Johnny T. Stine, Ph.D. – Biologist, Former Arkansan, Owner of the Seattle biotech firm North Coast Biologics, cancer researcher.

Jason R. Wiles, Ph.D. – Biologist, former Arkansan and graduate of Searcy's Harding University, now at Syracuse University, Associate Director of McGill University's Evolution Education Research Centre.

Phil Ferguson – Former Arkansan; founder of Champaign-Urbana Freethinkers; board member of the Secular Student Alliance; blogger on SkepticMoney.com; co-host of Pink Atheist Podcast

Rachel Johnson – Co-host of Pink Atheist Podcast on BlogTalkRadio; Blogger at The Godless Vagina.

Jerry DeWitt, Former pastor; author of Hope After Faith

Greta SchillerFilm maker, will be present for a screening of her film No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Kyle Sanders & Ben Bell – Hosts of Little Rock's Skeptics in the Pub talking about how to spot pseudoscience.

Lecia Brooks – Director of Outreach at the Southern Poverty Law Center, speaking about the State of Intolerance 

...and more!

All the money we raise will be used to pay for the venue and to pay for hotel accommodations and travel expenses for our speakers. We actually need about TWICE the amount of this Indiegogo campaign! If we have a surplus, the funds will be applied to Reason in the Rock 2014.

The Impact

We are passionate about science and about secular humanism! Unfortunately, Arkansas is not. Nonreligious Arkansans often face outright hostility from coworkers, neighbors, and even family - especially if we promote unpopular ideas like evolution, critical thinking, and separation of church and state. Arkansas ranks a distressing 41st in science education, and is one of the most religious places in the United States. 

The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers organizes, hosts, promotes, and works at Reason in the Rock. We are agnostics, atheists, and "nones" who have come together in a secularist community devoted to social progress, science education, humanism, and separation of church and state.

Our path is always uphill. Our inoffensive bus ad campaign two years ago was blocked by prejudiced officials in the public transit agency, and we had to go to federal court just to be allowed to advertise our group's existence. Four years ago, we had to sue the Secretary of State to be allowed to erect an educational winter solstice display next to the annual nativity scene placed on the state capitol grounds.

We do good, and we want to do more good!

The speakers we host all promote good critical thinking, and foster a greater understanding of the world for those who are nonreligious. Help us and our guests let secularist, science-loving Arkansans know they are not alone!

Other successful events such as The Amaz!ng Meeting in Las Vegas, Skepticon in Springfield, Missouri, Skepticamp, and CSICON have taught us valuable lessons in hosting a powerful convention. We've been told to plan to double our attendance each year for the first few years of our existence.

This means we need to pay for a bigger venue, more speakers' lodging and airfare, and make way for 300 attendees! We're still trying to get this conference off the ground and establish its reputation, so we're working hard to raise money. We want more than anything to keep this conference free to the public, because in addition to all its other issues, Arkansas remains one of the poorest states in the country, too.

Your donation will make the difference!

Please help us show the science-deniers and anti-secularists that they can't stop science and reason.

Every penny we raise will go toward this conference. If the Flying Spaghetti Monster is good to us and blesses us with a surplus, we'll have a start on next year's Reason in the Rock!

Would you like to know more about us, or even join us? We do a LOT of stuff, and we have a great time in the process! Check out the website for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and see our calendar on Meetup.com.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you just can’t contribute, that doesn’t mean you can’t help.

  • Get the word out and make some noise about this campaign. Talk about us to your friends and family, and link to us in your blog, on Facebook, Twitter (#ReasonInTheRock), Tumblr, and everywhere else you have an Internet presence.
  • Volunteer! We need help with everything from web design to registration the day of the event.
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools!
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    A Button of Appreciation!

    Show people you support science education and reason with one of the following these witty buttons! "I heart science" (with anatomically correct heart, of course) "I dig science" (with dinosaur fossil, because they're awesome) "Keep Science In Schools!" (putting the win in Darwin.)

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    Swag Set (3 buttons and magnet), T-shirt, and a Twitter high five from your favorite speaker sent out live from the event.

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    Seating in the first rows among our many guest speakers! (Plus Swag Set and T-shirt!)

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    Have your name listed in the program next to this speaker as their exclusive sponsor. Sit down with them for an exclusive meal and ask all the geeky questions you want. (Includes Swag Set and exclusive Sponsor T-shirt!)

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