An individual whose opinions are formed on the basis of an understanding and rejection of tradition, authority or established belief.
Sarah did not believe that her friend Tom was going to hell just because he had a boyfriend. She was as a free thinker.
A philosophical viewpoint that opinions or beliefs of reality should be based on science, logic and reason. Ideas should not be derived from religion, authority, governments or dogmas.
A free thinker should not reject nor accept any proposed truths of organized religion, established norms, media, etc. They should determine if the belief is valid based on their own knowledge, intuition, research and reason. Just because other people believe in it, doesn't mean it's right! Use your own judgment and think critically!
Years of misuse has reduced the term to a self-branded label for pretentious adolescents who have only just realized that the universe isn't what their parents/guardians lead them to believe like most rational individuals who reach this epiphany at the age of 6 but for lack of better word and/or urge to sound like pretentious adolescents who have only just realized that the universe isn't what their parents/guardians lead them to believe is used to describe anything from the classical definition of open-mindedness to being-like-the-rest-of-us-who-are-different-to-you.
a: "What religion are you?"
b: "I'm a free thinker"
b: "I'm not really sure whether god exists"
a: "So you're agnostic?"
b: "No, I'm a free thinker"
a: "That's a little vague; you could be a free thinking atheist or free thinking agnostic but saying free thinker doesn't tell anyone what you believe in"
b: "But I'm a free thinker"
a: "Do you even know what that means?"
b: "My friends are free thinkers"
Another way to say that you're agnostic, which is a polite way to say that you don't believe in God, and is far too often confused with atheism, which means you don't believe in ANY religion. What's important is that none of these terms relate to having a religious belief, rather they signify a lack of belief.
Chris:"So, you're an atheist? Why do you worship Satan?"
Norm:"No, atheists don't worship Satan, and I never said I was an atheist."
Chris:"So, you're agnostic? That's almost as bad as being atheist!"
Norm:"No, you're confusing your terms."
Chris:"So what DO you believe?"
Norm:*sigh* "You know what? Let's just call it being a free thinker. OK? I'm not atheist, or agnostic, or satanist, which you're confusing them all with; I'm a free thinker."
Chris:"Well, OK, that doesn't sound so bad."
Generally, an elitist misanthrope who is infatuated with his pretense of learning.
Jane: I am a free thinker!
John: You get what you pay for.
1. Newspeak term for anyone who supports all left-wing platforms without question or second thought.
2. Another term for non-conformist. Yuuuuh maaaaan you're so unique!!! *pfft*
To misquote a South park episode:
"Hey how do I become a 'free thinker'?"
"You have to hate George Bush like we do, and have the exact same political beliefs that we have."
A social group of lefties who claim to be intelligent because they bitch about religion, current governments, oil, iraq and anything else while not contributing any ideas to solve these 'problems' other than total elimination and turning the human race into mindless drones. Usually a feminist or hit by thier girlfriend, which they call 'dominant female life partner'
Mesa called jar jar binks. Oh yea, free finkers do not like movies, but fully support ridiculous litigation.