Later tonight, I’ll be heading to Skepticon 5, the free/massive/awesome/student-run/skeptic/atheist conference, in Springfield, Missouri.
Last year, I gave a talk about math. This year, the organizers are clearly punishing me by having me follow the incredible science/math writer Jennifer Ouellette. Punks.
Anyway, if you’re unable to be there in person, the Skepticon team has announced they will be live-streaming all the talks! [Read more...]
When I ran my college atheist group, it was a triumph when we brought in one awesome speaker.
When I heard that the Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were running their own conference last year (and again this coming year), I thought that was about as good as it could get.
They’ve just blown out whatever glass ceiling might have been in place. [Read more...]
I recently attended a talk by PZ Myers at Murray State University. It was titled: The Inescapable Conflict Between Science and Religion. The talk, as you might expect, was really good, but that is not exactly what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about one of the questions that caught my attention after the presentation. A student asked, “How can we attract more African Americans to our group and have a more diverse atheist community?” PZ answered the question by saying: “Ask the African Americans in the audience and they might be able to give you a better answer than mine.” [Read more...]
Congressman Dyson stepped onto the verbal tightrope cautiously. “Pastor, uh, we asked you here tonight to discuss a highly sensitive matter. Knowing we share significantly overlapping concerns and issues regarding the Middle East, it is our hope you might be willing to work with us — well, not exactly with us — but, shall we say, on your own, but with like goals in mind. Call it something of a silent partnership.” [Read more...]