My speech starts at 57 minutes. (transcript)
In this episode of A Matter of Doubt we continue our discussion with Ashley. She argues that atheists should approach debate with more passion and emotion. Before a person will respond to logic or evidence, she says, one must first care about the topic and truly understand the emotional depth of what’s being discussed. Our approach must therefore bring about a visceral response before anything else. Is this not the approach from pastors that theists are more accustomed to hearing? Will such an approach rid us of the all-too-common claim of elitism or condescension?
We are very pleased to have as our guest on this episode of A Matter of Doubt, Ashley F. Miller. Ashley is the media coordinator for the Freethought Society of the Midlands, one of the four local groups in Columbia that made it possible for the creation of the Columbia Coalition of Reason and recent billboards. She first explains her rather unique deconversion story. For the majority of the episode, we speak on several posts from her very successful blog and some of the incredible hate mail (and love mail!) we have so far received as a result of the billboards. Ashley’s fantastic posts compiling some of this mail can be found below.
My presentation about emotional rhetoric that was given at TAM and Dragon*Con.
This week on the Geek Week Podcast, we review Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The Other Guys, Alan Moore’s latest Neonomicon, and talk about Verizon and Google’s plan to end net neutrality. Bryan Daggett and Gabe Evans are joined by Greg Gustafson, Jarrett Kaufman, and Ashley F. Miller to discuss all things movies, comics, and tech.
This week on the Geek Week Podcast, we review Dinner for Schmucks, The Veil, Firefox 4.0′s Tabcandy, and Starcraft 2. Bryan Daggett and Gabe Evans are joined by Greg Gustafson, Jaret Kaufman, and Ashley F. Miller to discuss all things movies, comics, tech, and video games