About SSaSS

We have a Facebook page that you should 'like', and a Facebook group that you should join. Go to our Officers or FAQ's page if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

We are an unaffiliated student group at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  We promote critical thinking, scientific skepticism, and the separation of church and state. We make a point of not believing anything without sufficient evidence. We also want to educate the public about nonbelievers and correct the many misconceptions that plague our reputation; we are not Satan worshipers, we do not eat babies, and we are, in fact, perfectly capable of being moral and decent people.  We provide a gathering place for skeptics, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and nonbelievers alike to express their thoughts and meet like-minded people. Also, much like the US government, we are secular. Though many of our members self-identify as atheists, we welcome all manner of believers and non-believers at our meetings.

For each meeting, members will bring in a topic of their choice that they are particularly knowledgeable in or one that they just plain enjoy. So far we've addressed a wide variety of subjects, including homeopathy, the anti-vaccination movement, various conspiracy theories, the 2012 Doomsday theories, phylogeny, Mormonism, Urantia, alternative medicine, astrology, creationism/ID, religion, separation of church and state, current events, and basically anything else that's relevant and that we feel like talking about. Many of us have also formed a strong social bond with each other and spend quite a lot of time together outside the group.

We man a table in the University Memorial Center every week to increase awareness of the group  (insignificant to the grandness of the universe as it may be) and encourage students to sign up to our email list (email us if you'd like to be on it). We are currently able to boast over 450 contacts, with 20-40 members showing up regularly to meetings. In addition to the regular meetings, SSaSS has participated in a number of off-campus events and organized several events of our own.

Accompanying our debunking of popular myth will be the exploration of the reality of the universe around us.  It's not as scary as it sounds.  Astronomy, biology, physics, genetics, geology, engineering and anything we can get our hands on will be examined. Each semester we have, as well as sponsor, many talks and lectures from some of our members, CU faculty, and champions of skepticism and non-belief.  All are welcome; we vastly prefer a wide variety of opinions, majors, and professions to a circle of approving harrumphs.

SSaSS is an affiliate of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), the Center For Inquiry (CFI), as well as a member of the Colorado Coalition of Reason (COCORE) and the Colorado Region Secular Student Alliance. While we are not a strictly atheist group, we work very closely with the Boulder Atheists. We also have several interfaith relations with the Pagan Student Alliance, the Muslim Student Association, CampusFire Ministries, and the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center. Other members of COCORE include:
As to the idea that scientists are arrogant, we defer to the field of astronomy.  To be honest, we can think of nothing that inspires such humility as the sheer scale of the universe and the insignificance of our place in it.  There is an inherent meekness in the pursuit of science; the more we explore, the more we realize we do not know.  Carl Sagan phrased that meekness best.

In 1990, when the Voyager 1 space probe was about 6 billion kilometers away from its point of origin and traveling at 17.8 km/s, Sagan convinced NASA to turn it around and take a very special picture.  Here it is.

Do you see that little speck, halfway up that streak on the right side of the frame?  That's Earth.  Here's what Sagan had to say.
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of particular interest. But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
        The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
        Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
        The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
        It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
Well said, sir.