The FreethoughtBlogs online conference starts up tomorrow at 5pm CST with an introduction by the fabulous Debbie Goddard, followed by a fabulous line-up of fabulous speakers that doesn’t stop until 8pm Sunday. I’m going to be a desk-chair-potato most of the weekend, writing up stuff, preparing for a talk, composing an exam, that sort of thing, so this is going to be perfect — I’m going to clear a spot off on my desk, prop up the iPad there, and stream all the talks to entertain and educate me through my drudgery.
That’s one of the nice things about this online con. I can stay comfortably at home, get work done at the same time, and also, if I miss anything good, it will be preserved forever on youtube, so I can watch it on my time. You should flick on through. Check out the schedule, there’s guaranteed to be something you’ll find interesting.
High on my list is Treating the Brain: Skeptics Talk Therapy and Therapists, because I think the psychological perspective is underrated in atheism. I’ll also tune in to Understanding Ex-Muslims because, look, actual ex-Muslims talking about their experiences, rather than Bill Maher and Ben Affleck arguing. Ditto, People of Color Beyond Faith and Moving Social Justice Forward: it’s not all white people talking about what’s best for the other! I’ve never heard Sastra give a talk, but she’s always been a terrific and thoughtful commenter, so I have to hear The Little People Argument: The Difference between Respect and Forbearance, and Why It Matters. I think Secular Cults is an important topic, too — too many atheists seem to think that if it doesn’t mention a god, it’s OK, so they fall into traps like Libertarianism. Building a Better Workshop is relevant to my job: I’ve been steadily moving away from the lecture format for teaching to more interactive strategies, so I think I can pick up some tips here. And the Psychology of Trolls is going to be pure amusement.
But everything is going to be good. Like I said, I’m going to have it running nonstop all weekend.
Hmm, I could probably set it up to run on the big screen TV in my living room…