Spoiler: it’s you.
Ronald A. Lindsay is president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry and gave the opening remarks at last week’s Women in Secularism conference. This is his short (non) apology for the controversy caused by his remarks, perceived by many to be sexist, condescending, and distracting from the conference’s topics. It’s also a casebook study in PR, as in how not to apologize for something. The speech itself was a clumsy and explicit attack on the Atheism+/Skepchick/Freethought Blogs/Feminist quadrant of the atheist/skeptic communities.
Atheism doesn’t require any particular social or political view so there will always be different viewpoints and disagreements. But the raw hatred and level of pure animosity still shocks me. It shouldn’t but it does.
Rebecca Watson kicks the hornets nest again. It sounds like the opening talk at the Women in Secularism conference was a bit bizarre.
I’ve been following a few people live tweeting the conference (https://twitter.com/lousycanuck for one). I would like to hear Maryam Namazie speak some time. There aren’t many muslim women who leave their faith and are outspoken about it. It leads to all kinds of harassment.
The anti-feminist trolls that are trying to derail the conference, both in person, and on social media feeds, don’t seem to be getting the attention they want. Also, having atheist activists invite the Westboro Baptist Church to picket the conference was sort of a low point. You must have to hate feminism a lot to go that low.
The “Swami” levitation scam. The bottom guy sits on a metal platform under his robes. A metal arm comes up through his sleeve. (If you go seem them you’ll note he never moves his left arm - he can’t. ) The arm comes up to another metal seat hidden under the upper guys clothes. To setup, they do an elaborate ceremony in a little tent to create a mystique that they’re conjuring magic. They’re just setting up the metal frame. Once set-up and concealed they open the tent. Voila.
via Michael Shermer
Kathy Sierra was a prominent speaker and author in the technology community.
It’s worth reading the whole thing.
Rebecca Watson speaking at the Humanists of Florida Conference.
Sexism, abuse and harassment in the atheist/skeptic movement.
A man who was apparently trying to provoke reports of a Bigfoot sighting in northwestern Montana was struck by two cars and killed.
The man was wearing a military-style “Ghillie suit” consisting of strips of camouflage fabric and was standing in the right-hand lane of a highway south of Kalispell on Sunday night when he was hit by the first car, according to the Montana Highway Patrol. A second car hit the man as he lay in the roadway, authorities said.
Bawaaaha. Cars. Plural. Having driven through Montana a few times I could have told buddy that they aren’t easily impressed and don’t slow down for much. Too late now.
Ok,ok, I’m sorry he died, but these wankers waste everyone’s time just to grub a few bucks.
He should be nominated for a Darwin Award.