We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism, and society. We are not affiliated with, nor do we promote, any political party, political ideology, or religious organization.
Community, conversation, fellowship and connection are keystones of human life. Center for Inquiry-Austin has dedicated itself to building a strong community for the non-religious to find connection with like-minded people.
Freedom of Inquiry
“Free inquiry requires that we tolerate diversity of opinion and that we respect the right of individuals to express their beliefs, however unpopular they may be, without social or legal prohibition or fear of sanctions. Though we may tolerate contrasting points of view, this does not mean that they are immune to critical scrutiny. The guiding premise of those who believe in free inquiry is that truth is more likely to be discovered if the opportunity exists for the free exchange of opposing opinions; the process of interchange is frequently as important as the result. This applies not only to science and to everyday life, but to politics, economics, morality, and religion.”
“Secular Humanism affirms an ethical system that is rooted in the world of experience, objective and equally accessible to every human who cares to inquire into value issues. Secular Humanism is a body of principles suitable for orienting a complete human life. As a secular lifestance, secular humanism incorporates the Enlightenment principle of individualism, which celebrates emancipating the individual from traditional controls by family, church, and state, increasingly empowering each of us to set the terms of his or her own life.”
Science & Reason
“Since human beings are prone to err, the use of the rational methods of inquiry, logic, and evidence is required in developing knowledge and testing claims to truth… The scientific method, though imperfect, is still the most reliable way of understanding the world. Hence, we look to the natural, biological, social, and behavioral sciences for knowledge of the universe and man’s place within it.”