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Northwest Arkansas Coalition of Reason billboard
In April 2010, the Fayetteville Freethinkers teamed up with local freethinker groups and the Northwest Arkansas Coalition of Reason -- an arm of the United Coalition of Reason -- to bring a pro-freethinker billboard to Northwest Arkansas. It sat prominently alongside I-540 just north of Springdale through most of April and the first week of May. We also had signs on local buses. This generated lots of media coverage and interest in our groups. Read more about this in our forum here.

While the people in this picture include freethinkers from various NWA freethinker groups, realize that the 30 people above represent less than 7% of the freethinkers just on our Fayetteville Freethinker email list!

Fayetteville Freethinker Essentials

(Updated 12/06/14)

We are the Fayetteville Freethinkers, a loose knit skeptical club formed in Fayetteville Arkansas in 1998.

Our Fayetteville Freethinker meetings are typically held (except for July and December) on the last Saturday of each month at the Fayetteville library, at 2:00 pm. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, January 31. Information about upcoming and past meetings (including summaries and links) is posted in our forum here.

Scheduled meetings for 2015 are:

  • January 31
  • February 28
  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 23
  • June --
  • July --
  • August 22
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 28
  • December -- no standard meeting; solstice dinner TBD
  • We've changed our email system a little in order to adjust to having so many people on our email list. Most people will be unaffected by these changes but some email providers might mistake our meeting notice emails as spam. Here's what you need to know:

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    We had 40 attend our November meeting.
    Here is a little of what has happened at past meetings:
    • At our August meeting the Fayetteville Freethinkers presented our local University of Arkansas freethinker group (Secular Student Alliance affiliate) the gift of two six foot banners that will come in handy at their events:

    • We conducted a three part Psychic Test with a reward of $10,000 as outlined here. Participants were to attempt to remote view and identify two things hidden in a sealed case: a word written on a card, and a distinct object of some sort. We had nine participants, five at the meeting, four attempts were sent in via email. There were six attempts to get the word and the written and verified submissions were as follows: "bicycle, goat, prevarication, fast, trout, Bullshit!" As was revealed to the audience when the case was opened by a library volunteer, the word on the card was: "Girls"

    • We had eight attempts to discern the object in the case. The eight submissions, written and verified, were: "Bible, bell, Bologna, shower head, magic wand, apple, White Knight (chess piece), toy car."
    • As was revealed to the audience when the case was opened, the object was a: "Shoe."
      The audience was told there would be a clue, and the clue was at that point revealed to be that the conductor of the meeting had been walking around without his right shoe (because it was in the case!).
      We also made available our telekinesis test: a ping pong ball under a glass dome. Move the ball one inch, receive $5,000. All attempts failed.

    • We also announced our standing offer of the reward of a home in Fayetteville to anyone who can bring in Bigfoot. The legal details of this reward are posted in our forum here. Since no one brought "Bigfoot" to our April meeting, this reward (value approx. $80,000) is still available.

    • Our resident astrophysicist Felix gave a presentation explaining why those fine geocentrist folks over at Galileo Was Wrong are in fact incorrect. The earth is not fixed and immovable at the center of the universe. We also watched this video which takes you on a 13.7 billion light year visual trip from earth, to as far as we have ever seen, and back (in six minutes).

    • We talked about the Billboard display (see picture above). To read about how this campaign went and learn and the local freethought groups involved see the new Northwest Arkansas Coalition of Reason website.

    • Another freethinker group in the area is FreethoughtNWA. Check out their website. They have lots of news of interest to freethinkers.

    • An entire meeting has been recorded and it has been uploaded for you to view online. Thanks to Juju!

    • Doug Krueger gave a presentation entitled "What Must We Do to be Saved?" He addressed the question: Does the Bible clearly and unequivocally tell us what someone must do in order to be saved? The slides for his presentation can be downloaded here.

    • Felix gave a presentation describing what was going on in these beautiful pictures of the sun. Check out these awesome pictures too.

    Information regarding our past meetings and future meetings can be read in our forum. Feel free to join the discussions in our forum.

    We have no formal membership and do not keep track of names. To provide a suggestion or feedback about our literature, website, or to inquire about giving a presentation at one of our meetings, send us a note at fayfreethinkers@yahoo.com. If you have an idea for a presentation please remember to mention two things when you inquire: a little about the topic you would like to present on, and how long you estimate it will take. Powerpoint and sound is provided. Every email is carefully read and responded to by a trained Fayetteville Freethinker.


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