Jul 30 2012

Video Dragon*Con 2011: Do Be a Dick

This is the talk I gave at Dragon*Con last year, which was itself an expansion on the talk I gave at TAM9.  It’s about how to use emotions to your advantage when trying to promote a cause.  I talk about Prop 8, the importance of social justice in getting people to like atheists, and how to be a dick in an effective way.

The powerpoint and notes for the presentation are here: http://freethoughtblogs.com/ashleymiller/2011/09/06/do-be-a-dick-sometimes-emotions-and-skeptics/


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    The interplay between emotion and reason can be really fascinating. It’s nice to see someone addressing the connection.

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    Damn, the comparison between the two commercials is hard to take. The first one fails on so many levels.

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    Oh wow — this is you! I was at that panel but completely forgot your name. Well fancy that! I hope you’ll be returning to Dragon*Con this year. If so, see you at the SkepticTrack.


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    Nice, but it autoplays every time I load your blog and I have to scroll down to find it and press pause. Maybe some blog wizard could wave their wand at it? /first-world-problems

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