Is Anyone Else Talking About How Bloody Awful The American Atheists Inc. “Slaves” Harrisburg, PA Billboards Are?

Hello. Let's get this out of the way.I'm Australian. I'm female. I'm white. I'm college-educated. I've been to the USA a few times and I have a few friends who are atheists, and a lot of friends from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, who greatly inform my world-view. You won't often hear me mentioned by mainstream skeptics or atheists (if at all) and I guess I'm happy doing podcast episodes, writing articles and supporting as many fellow non-mainstream promoted skeptical folks as I can. … [Read more...]

What’s In My Bag (AKA What Have I Been Doing) – January 2012

I could do a very, VERY long blog-post about everything I've been doing in January.But to be brutally frank, the contents of my bag (which I've just tipped out over the table, in order to find my phone) says it all - et voilà:Firstly, lower right corner - two books that I've been carrying around. The first is Graffiti and Street Art by Anna Waclawek, which I used as a source of inspiration during a gifted and talented Community of Inquiry session that I helped out with. The COI even had two … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Interview With Alain de Botton – On Religion For Atheists

There's been a recent spate of blogposts here on Freethought blogs (some in verse, by The Digital Cuttlefish - The Grandest One Of All and An Atheist Monument? Or, On Herding Cats), which address the claim that Alain de Botton has been proposing an "atheist monument" or "temples for atheists".Today I got a response to my questions to the author - he will be touring Australia in February:There's a growing number of books that bring a greater understanding (or at least awareness) of atheism to … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Transcript – Interview With Rhys Morgan

From a forthcoming episode of the Token Skeptic Podcast (if you're not familiar with the show, try episode #60 - the best of) - an interview with Rhys Morgan. In related news, Maryam Namazie, via One Law for All, is calling for a rally in defence of free expression and the right to criticise religion on 11 February 2012 in central London from 2-4pm. "We are also calling for simultaneous events and acts in defence of free expression on 11 February in countries world-wide." See more details at  … [Read more...]

Thank You To Those In 2011

Firstly - to QEDCon. You were a wonderful start to the year and you'll be a brilliant event in 2012, I just know it. Special shout-outs to Milton and Bridget, all the people I met at Westminster Skeptics and Prof Chris French and his team at Goldsmith's College. I just hope the podcasts and vodcasts I did of that time reflect a glimpse of how much I admire you all.Secondly - to the Young Australian Skeptics. I went to Melbourne and got to do talks thanks to the Freethought University Alliance. … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Greta Christina!

...it might be early here, but tohellwithit, never too early for birthday wishes! … [Read more...]

Wacky Blog Search Terms Of The Christmas Season

You people are weird. Just want to put it out there. Again. But I love you.Here's some of the more intriguing search terms that led you to check out my humble little blog:Lots and lots of searches for the blogpost I did on the 18th December about singing hedgehogs. Although spelling it as "hedgeshogs" or "singin" was fairly regular. Maybe you're mostly American and not familiar with hedgehogs. Or expect them to be singing with an accent.my little pony site: http://freethoughtblogs.com/ - … [Read more...]

Planning For 2012 (Doing Skepticism Smarter Not Harder – Any Suggestions?)

In short? Ooof. I'm at a loss at what to do for next year.Apart from hold my copy of the UK Skeptic in a goofy manner, and point at the title of the article I wrote for it and hope that the photo isn't too blurry.In case you don't know, Prof. Richard Wiseman has advice for this time of the year, regarding New Year resolutions: Psychologist Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire has studied the differences between the winners and losers in the resolution race and found those who … [Read more...]

The Life You Can Save – Seasonal Giving And Charities Close To Home

I've been having one of those missed-connection discussions on Facebook recently, where I (mostly likely because I was attempting to contribute to the discussion while standing in line for forty-five minutes at KMart by typing on my phone and there's only so many characters you can type before giving up in frustration with the tiny screen and ending up sounding both snappish, random or even completely off-topic) was chatting to DJ Grothe and a few other contributors about a news item he linked … [Read more...]

We Lost Hitch. That Is All

I don't have a pre-prepared blog-post for this day.I don't have a personal recollection, beyond attending the Amazing Meeting Three and being in the front few rows to hear him present.I have a friend who went to him in tears of gratitude, after hearing him at a later Amazing Meeting, and he was very kind to her and understanding as to why his talk reduced her to such a state.I have written previously on how I disagreed with his essay on women in comedy and after reading his … [Read more...]

Down In Front, Kittens (And Other Things That Are More Positive Than Atheist In-Fighting)

Look, just skip to the end of this blog-post and check out the cute kitten video, if you like.Perhaps it's that time of the year, but I'm rather fed up with online debates and fights and name-calling and nasty behaviour, particularly amongst people who have ideological similarities and common goals (not pointing out anyone in particular, just a general observation) - and I'm just going to post this instead and head out tonight to the cinemas and enjoy myself instead. Nyah.What are some of … [Read more...]


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