Skepticon, Day 2

Skepticon, Day 2 November 20, 2011

Day 2 of Skepticon was a blast. Got to finally meet several people in person that I’ve only interacted with online up to now — Jen McCreight, Rebecca Watson and Greta Christina, for instance. Had a great time with all three. Greta is a freaking rock star at this thing and she gave a great talk on why atheists are angry.

The other really cool thing today was a performance by Brother Sam Singleton, who put on an atheist revival that was really fun and funny. It had every element of an old-fashioned revival meeting, but with an atheist spin. Like instead of shouting “amen” people were encouraged to yell out “Goddamn!” Can I get a goddamn?

After that performance, we had our FTB get together at a local pub and the place was packed floor to rafters, had to be close to 200 people there. There were 6 FTBers there — me, PZ, Jen, Greta, JT Eberhard (who can seriously sing, like Pavarotti stuff) and Richard Carrier. Here’s a picture of all of us:

And there was also a Mrs. PZ sighting. Yes, the woman who tolerates and loves PZ came with him. And to everyone’s surprise, she’s not a cephalopod but a real human being. And really nice too. Here’s proof:

Lots of others were there as well, including the incredibly cool Lindsay Bayerstein and Amand

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  • Looks like so much fun, wish I could have been there!

    And I love how Richard’s in there before he’s even posted. It looks like one of those photo-ops of the new superstar signed to a team and standing next to the existing players.

  • LightningRose

    Ed, don’t tease us so!

    Where can we see a video (or read a transcript) of Greta’s comments?

  • Erulóra Maikalambe


    It took a few months last year, due to technical issues, but the videos of all the presentations will eventually make their way onto YouTube. Watch Skepticon’s website for announcements about that, along with videos from previous years.

  • LightningRose

    Erulóra Maikalambe,

    Thank you for your response. I look forward to viewing them.

  • ehmm

    The latest Skepticon videos have been appearing on YouTube for the last few days. The Greta Christina talk is up and it’s really good. Actually, all the talks I’ve seen so far are really good. I’m disappointed that I didn’t make it down there this year.