So, a comedian, a politician and a secular author walk into a bookstore…
Firstly – this Thursday. 6-7.30pm at the Embiggen Bookstore, 97-203 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Email to RSVP at events (at) embiggenbooks (dot) com.
If you’re one of the people who have been keeping an eye on the Ron Williams high-court challenge regarding federal funding for the chaplaincy program, then this is a lecture and book-launch that you won’t want to miss. Contempt of Court: Unofficial Voices from the DOGS Australian High Court Case, 1981.
Not only is it a talk by the book’s author Jean Ely – popular Melbourne comedian Ron Quantock, activist and former politician Joan Coxsedge and Max Wallace, author and 2010 Global Atheist Convention presenter and Director of the Australia New Zealand National Secular Association will be there too. Check out the Token Skeptic podcast on it, out later today!
Speaking of being open and active in regards to rationalism, The Examiner.com has an interesting little article on The necessity of Percy Bysshe Shelley, which mentions another author whose works you can find at the Embiggen store: Jennifer Michael Hecht, Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson:
Atheism isn’t new but being out is. With the popularity of social media and the internet in general, more people are coming out. While this is a newer phenomenon, some brave people in history were openly atheists during their time. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley is one of them
Doubtful Newsblog always brings the interesting to my Tweet-stream: check out UFO: Or how I learned to stop worrying and just see mystery orbs over Missouri.
Another great profile article at Grassroots Skeptics: I Am A Grassroots Skeptic: Sally Wherry:
Nearly a year ago, I saw a shout-out on Twitter from one of my friends who I met at Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub. He let me know that some locals were looking at setting up a SitP in Cheltenham so I went along to see if we could, because Birmingham is a long drive on a weeknight. There I met up with four others, who became the founding members of Cheltenham Skeptics. We asked a local speaker and found a venue, which was surprisingly hard. Who knew that Cheltenham had such a thriving skittle league?
There’s a call on Online Opinion, doing the usual hand-wringing over ‘why won’t Dawkins debate X or Y‘ - Stephen Law demonstrates with deftness what it’s like debating with Dr William Lane Craig. It’s from the talk that was given by Law during the Reasonable Faith UK Tour with William Lane Craig – Has Hawking Eliminated God (19th October in Cambridge). That blog-post series includes ‘Craig’s moral and resurrection arguments for the existence of God’. I hope it comes to the attention of the Online Opinion column regarding wanting Dawkins to debate Craig.
Finally – the 365 Days of Astronomy! Can you please help this reach people who communicate Astronomy to all audiences? Please share if you have relevant friends/followers.
The 365 Days of Astronomy podcast launched as the official podcast of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. Designed with the mission of providing a place for people to share their passion for astronomy and space science, this Parsec award winning audio show has told the stories of professional astronomers, children, amateur astronomers, artists, poets, and science fiction writers from 6 continents.
On September 27, 2011 the show ran it’s 1000th episode, but on this day of celebration we also find the show struggling to carry itself forward in a faltering economy where people don’t have as much time or money to dedicate to volunteer initiatives. Our goal is to see our way through to the end of the Year of the Solar System, but to see that goal become a reality, we need your help – we need your stories (and, we could use some funding too).