I‘m about to run out the door to attend a lecture by Germaine Greer (it happens to be the opening night of the Perth Writers Festival), but here’s a few snaps from another first: The Murdoch University Atheist and Agnostic Society.
I met Robert of the MASS near the social sciences building, just on the edges of the Bush Court. Which is why all my photos are kind of washed-out, as it was a bright morning and the light was behind us. Sorry about that. Anyway, you can see Robert wrestling with the Sellotape here as he puts up the “Murdoch Atheist & Agnostic Student Society” sign, which is next to my very pretty Token Skeptic banner (which was a very kind gift by Barbara Drescher, a fellow blogger).
You can’t have a stall without THINGS. So, here are all the things. There’s a large octopus mascot (called Pharyngula), a bunch of magazines I had around that I thought might get people chatting (Skeptic magazine, an issue of New Scientist on Free Will, the Skeptical Inquirer and there’s a CFI Free Inquiry magazine that I picked up on my travels too). You may also notice the bowl of Fantales lollies – as every stall appeared to have a candy lure of some sort – and there’s some flyers about rationalism, posters for the Global Atheist Convention and some stickers with the Token Skeptic logo.
Okay, this photo? Is clearly too small. But THAT is a box of goodies that the Freethought University Alliance sent to the MASS! And it is fantastic. I can say that with authority, because a bunch of sign-ups happened after guys noticed that there were hot-pink Placebo bands and they wanted in on the action that would get them one. Freethinking guys are so predictable that way.
There’s Robert, running the show! There’s a sign for the octopus, offering him to babysit and eat your children. Funnily enough, he did stop a passing howling baby from being too upset, by distracting it. I highly recommend Ikea toys for all your entertainment needs.
Finally, many, many thanks to both Robert and Reece (in the middle) – I’m not a student at this University and I only came in for the early hours of the day to lend a hand and they allowed me to promote my podcast while I was helping out at the table. They have plenty of ideas for meetings and socialising with fellow atheists and agnostics, and I was really impressed by their inclusive attitude and friends (of all faiths) who came over to voice their support.
And I got to wear my new Four Horsemen 2012 t-shirt, designed by Neil Davies.
Big hellos also to the passers-by – there’s now over 50 people who signed on to the email list by the end of the day. Most enjoyable question we were asked: “Is this even legal??”