About Freethought Day
Sacramento Freethought Day combines the fun and atmosphere of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. It's a festival of freethought. We'll have speakers and live entertainment, family activities, an authors' panel with Q&A, and more!
We've all seen posts on social media about bad science, overblown anecdotes, far-fetched hoaxes, and fearmongering. Skeptical thinking, for many people, is at an all-time low. People are getting heath advice from self-proclaimed dietary experts and pushers of alternative medicine. The effects are hurting us from low vaccination rates to a stagnant fight against climate change. And worse, the public perception of science, non-religion, and the secularity of our Constitution is polarizing and volatile. To help change this for the better, our theme for 2015 is "Spread the Reason".
Learn about themes in prior years.
The History of Freethought Day
Freethought Day dates back to 1692, during the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Massachusetts Governor William Phips wrote, on October 12, about the quagmire that the trials had degenerated into, in part by a reliance on "evidence" of a non-objective nature and especially "spectral evidence" in which the accusers claimed to see devils and other phantasms consorting with the accused.
Learn more about Freethought Day from the Sacramento Atheists and Other Freethinkers.