What is Freethought?
In the broadest sense, freethought refers to the perspective that we should evaluate the truth of claims through evidence and reason rather than tradition, intuition, dogma, revelation, emotion, or authority. While freethought overlaps with atheism, skepticism, critical thinking, secularism, and humanism to some degree, it is not synonymous with any of these and extends well beyond questions of religion.
A freethinker is someone who seeks to base his or her beliefs on evidence and reason. In this way, freethinkers work to avoid ideology, bias, dogma, and tribalism. This includes not only religious dogma but political ideologies. For example, a freethinker seeks to evaluate ideas based on their merit rather than their source.
What Sort of Content Should Be Shared Here?
My hope is that this subverse will serve as a community where we can examine a variety of issues related to freethought. I'd like to attract thought-provoking links and discussion posts on freethought and closely-related topics that illustrate the application of freethought, discuss the challenges freethinkers face, etc. Since we're just starting out, I'm keeping things fairly open for now. I will add guidelines to the sidebar as the direction of the subverse becomes clearer.
Why Was This Subverse Anonymized?
This subverse was anonymized by a previous moderator before I took over, so it was not my decision and is irreversible. In an anonymized subverse, posts and comments are anonymous, and voting is disabled. Perhaps the hope was that this would facilitate discussion by separating the person posting from the content posted.