What is FreeOK?
FreeOK is Oklahoma’s only freethought convention. This fun and educational day features a series of lectures on topics related to freethought and its community from known freethinkers of various backgrounds.
“Freethought” is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs and opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, revelation or dogma. Freethought holds that individuals should not accept ideas proposed as truth without recourse to knowledge and reason. Thus, freethinkers strive to build their opinions on the basis of facts, scientific inquiry, and logical principles, independent of any logical fallacies or the intellectually limiting effects of authority, confirmation bias, cognitive bias, conventional wisdom, popular culture, prejudice, sectarianism, tradition, urban legend, and all other dogmas. Regarding religion, freethinkers hold that there is insufficient evidence to support the existence of supernatural phenomena.
THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY AN ATHEIST CONVENTION. For starters, atheism is not a philosophy (nor is it a religion, worldview, creed, belief system, et al.), but rather, it is broadly a lack of belief in God or gods and is, in no way, synonymous with nor a necessity of freethought. It is the process – not the conclusion - by which freethought is differentiated from other philosophies. A person can actually be a theist because they are a freethinker while another person can be an atheist despite not being a freethinker. Nevertheless, freethought is a philosophy accepted most commonly by non-theists (including, but not limited to atheists, agnostics, and deists) so there will be many in attendance.
The purpose is to promote freethought and unite freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, secularists, deists, non-religious, secular humanists and any other labels freethinkers commonly use from across the region. To that end, FreeOK has adopted a zero tolerance policy on harassment of and from FreeOK participants.