To take up arms against a sea of sexists

In July of 2011, an unpleasant incident at an atheism conference prompted a much needed discussion about sexism (including careless or negligent acts of sexism). Over a year later, Jen McCreight, who did some kickass blogging in the wake of the elevator incident and is a fierce fighter for women (and men who want to treat people decently) got driven offline by a brutal campaign of harassment and threats. I've included a few posts related to her fight in this sexism sequence.Sexism Among … [Read more...]

Sondheim Symposium [Sequence Index]

In the summer of 2012, I threw the best birthday party ever when I bribed all my friends with pizza and cake in order to get them to watch a Sondheim double feature.  First, we watched Company, Sondheim's concept musical about marriage, and then we saw Passion, which has a linear narrative but still manages to be a lot more disorienting.  And then we had an argument.Since Company was, at the time of writing, available on Netflix instant play, I invited blog readers to watch along and cont … [Read more...]

Offering Loving Resistance [Sequence Index]

In July 2012, Patheos sent me a copy of Logan Mehl-Laituri's memoir Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience to review, and thus was sparked a wide- ranging (unusually book-heavy, even for me) discussion of just war, martyrdom, the courage of enemies, and whether Hamlet is the worst person in Hamlet.  I've collected all those loosely linked posts here.Can Lethal Resistance be Loving? - The initial book review, discussing Laituri's decision to become a … [Read more...]

2012 Ideological Turing Test [Index Post]

In the summer of 2012, I repeated my spin on Bryan Caplan's Ideological Turing Test.  The standard Turing Test challenges programmers to see if they can write software that can imitate human conversation.  Some people think this is a reasonable proxy for machine intelligence, but they should probably read more about Monte Carlo Markov chains.  The Turing Test is a pretty interesting test of how we think humans talk, though.  Programmers have to study it more deeply in order to simulate it.So … [Read more...]

2012 Queer Blogathon [Index Post]

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In June of 2012, I took one leg of the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon, promising to put up twelve posts in twelve hours, all of which were prompted by comments on the mammoth thread "Go Ahead, Tell Me What’s Wrong with Homosexuality."  I started with empirics, and somehow meandered off into discussion of companionate marriage and bank robberies-as-first-dates by the end.  The Blogathon raises money for the SSA, and, of course, they'll welcome your donations even if you're reading this long af … [Read more...]

Granny Weatherwax and Discworld [Index Post]

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When I first started this blog, I was casting about for a few types of post I could repeat every week in order to get on a regular schedule.  The one that felt the most natural was a feature I named "Weatherwax Wednesdays" where I used a quote from Terry Pratchett's Discworld, usually involving the character Granny Weatherwax, as a jumping off point to talk about moral philosophy.Introducing Weatherwax Wednesday -- Who is Granny Weatherwax, and why do I love her so?"It’d be in me li … [Read more...]

Reason Rally/American Atheists Conference [Index Post]

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The weekend of March 24th 2012, a disputed number of thousands of people gathered in DC for the Reason Rally -- a pro-secular extravaganza on the National Mall.  Many of us stuck around through the weekend to attend the American Atheists National Conference.  The posts collected below were inspired by events at one or both of these events.Now You See Me, Now I... What? -- Ok, technically A Week (the come out as atheist on facebook week) occurred before the Reason Rally, but the problem of wh … [Read more...]


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