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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 18 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – Jennifer Michael Hecht liveblog #wiscfi

The History of Atheism, Feminism, and the Science of Brains with Jennifer Michael Hecht Tremendous hope and despair expressed here. Very first thing we can do to forward our goals is to show up.

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May 18 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – How Women’s Concerns[...] liveblog #wiscfi

How Women’s Concerns Can Best Be Advanced within the Context of a Secular Agenda Moderator: Jamila Bey Panel: Soraya Chemaly, Susan Jacoby, Amanda Marcotte, Katha Pollitt

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May 18 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – Susan Jacoby liveblog #wiscfi

Author of The Great Agnostic, about Robert Ingersoll. E-book called Last Man On Top. Why the Lost History of Secular Women Matters Today

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May 18 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – Gender Equality in the Secular Movement liveblog #wiscfi

Moderator: Greta Christina Panelists: Ophelia Benson, Elizabeth Cornwell, Debbie Goddard, Stephanie Zvan

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May 18 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – Women Leaving Religion panel liveblog #wiscfi

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Intros Moderator: Stephanie Zvan Panelists: – Vyckie Garrison – No Longer Quivering. Ex Quiverfull, seven children, got out 5 years ago. Considered man to be head of the household – Jamilla Bey – “You may not have noticed but I am an African American”. As irreligious, “statistically speaking I don’t exist”. At 4, realized compulsion …

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May 17 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – Rebecca Goldstein liveblog #wiscfi

Rebecca Goldstein wrote out her speech for this conference for the first time ever, agonized over whether to for the first time examine “the gender issue”. To examine whether her behaving as though the world doesn’t care that she’s a female was a good behaviour.

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May 17 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – Amanda Marcotte liveblog #wiscfi

Set up late after the 20-min break. Missed opening. Amanda Marcotte – Skeptics Love Challenging Popular Beliefs Standing up to patriarchy is not easy, does not make you popular. Anti-secularists make everything about gender, about sexuality, moreso even than school prayer etc. Theocrats spend 90% of their time on gender-related issues.

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May 17 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – Faith Based Pseudoscience liveblog #wiscfi

Moderator: Desiree Schell – Carrie Poppy of Oh No Ross & Carrie (Spent 5 months undercover in Raelian movement!) – Sarah Moglia of Secular Student Alliance (has Crohn’s Disease and has pseudoscience foisted on her) – Rebecca Watson of Skepchick (“Teen Skepchick is just like Skepchick without the profanity”) – Amy Davis Roth of Skepchick, …

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May 17 2013

Women In Secularism 2 – Opening Remarks liveblog #wiscfi

Update: Ron Lindsay posted a transcript of his remarks, which is good because this liveblog doesn’t do the actual words spoken justice. I need to emphasize that this man used his opening remarks to tell women to stop being so forceful about getting people to stop talking over them and listening to them for once. …

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May 16 2013

Privilege, Dialogue, Harassment, and the Anti-Availability Heuristic

The Availability Heuristic is a well-known cognitive bias that primes people to more readily believe something when they can easily come up with examples. Of the cognitive biases that I’ve encountered among rationalists in the skeptical and atheist communities, this bias is the one I’m most capable of coming up with examples. I am therefore …

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