I can’t decide which one out of these two is my favourite:
Mind, there’s more on the way, but these are the front-runners so far. You can see the whole series here. If anyone has some suggestions about what I should be writing about during the time of the Global Atheist Convention, let me know.
There’s also a social lunch at the Como Hotel on the 8th April that’s being held by the Perth Atheists – more details given on the Meetup site.
In other news, I’ve still got lots of work to do, but here’s a few links to keep you happy until I’m back blogging regularly:
Since I’ve mentioned the GAC – Anglican Dioscese in Melbourne have a talk coming up: Welcome the opportunity to engage with atheists:
Two leading philosophers will discuss the topic ‘The role of reason in faith and unbelief’ in a public conversation at St Paul’s Cathedral on 12 April. Professor Peter Singer of Princeton and Melbourne Universities, and an atheist, and the Revd Professor Brendan Purcell, of University College, Dublin, and a Roman Catholic priest, will engage in conversation as part of the Anglican Church’s response to the global atheist convention being held in Melbourne 13-15 April.
BOO TO THE WOO. I agree, I can’t stand the use of the word by skeptics. Head to Through The Looking Glass to read more about why:
I really, really, dislike the word “woo”.
Tim Minchin curses the Pope… a lot. Debate ensues – about Minchin performing The Pope Song at the Reason Rally, which was billed as “for all ages”. I found this one intriguing as I’ve never been particularly comfortable with The Pope Song but I could see how it would put a parent on the back-foot to suddenly have a obscene chorus belt out across the lawn yet also be listening to the “if you honestly find this offensive…” verses.
The Odds Must Be Crazy is a site I’ve contributed to in the past and I’ve enjoyed reading the book The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math’s Most Contentious Brain Teaser by Jason Rosenhouse – head to Wrap Your Brain Around Monty Hall by Barbara Drescher.
“On arriving at SOFEX, I was reminded of when I was a punk kid and it was fashionable to say things like, “The military-industrial complex is taking over the world.” At the time, I didn’t know what “military-industrial complex” meant, but the conference rapidly provided me with a very literal definition of the term.”