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Skepticon Recap

28 November 2011

I attended Skepticon 4 a few weeks ago. It was the best weekend I’ve had in a long, long time. More than anything, coming away from the even I felt more motivated than I have in the past year to start being active in the atheist movement. As Ziztur put it on Twitter, last year (which I didn’t attend) was all “Ra, ra, skepticism!”, this year was all “Here’s how to be skeptical.”  Sure, there were parts that were just blatant idiot-bashing, like Brother Sam‘s debut of “Revival!”, a parody of fundamentalist revivals; Dave Fitzgerald‘s keen but jovial takedown of Mormonism; and Dave Silverman’s opening talk on how to get more involved in the atheist movement.

But then there was Hemant Mehta telling us how math education in the US is broken and how we can fix it (a topic that I’m very much interested in); Richard Carrier explaining Bayes’ Theorem, perhaps the most important equation any of us will ever know; and PZ Meyers* giving us a detailed look at how the human genome actually works. And, of course, there was J.T. Eberhard closing the convention and bringing more than a few of the several hundred in attendance to tears with his discussion of mental health and what the skeptical movement needs to do about it.

More than getting motivated, I got educated that weekend. I was moved. I came back with a few new Facebook friends, several new Twitter followers/-ees, the motivation to start this weblog, and a desire to start making a difference. Once this semester is over and I have more time to dedicate, you’ll see me writing more here as I seek to find my role in the atheist movement. But until then, watch the above videos plus these other talks from Skepticon 4:

Oh, also, there was Gelatogate. I’ll talk about that more later, probably, but you can Google it for now and find out plenty.

(Not all of the talks have been posted. I’ll come back and link them as they are put up on YouTube.)

Return of the Jubi

23 November 2011

For those of you who remember the original “just a.juby”, welcome to its reincarnation! I plan on importing some (but probably not all) of the posts from the original blog here over the next few months, so we can all see just how much I’ve grown (read: how much my writing used to suck).

For those of you new to my blog, I apologize in advance.

Atheism and the atheist movement are probably my biggest passion these days, so you’ll see a lot of posting about that. I have a couple of books I plan on reading, and I’ll probably feature book reviews on this blog. I’ll also share links to resources I think others should be aware of, such as blog posts, articles, and videos.

Of course, there will always be the typical “here’s what’s going on in my life” style of posts as well.

Right now I have a guest post over at PixelStampede that is in the works, which I will link to when it’s ready. Probably in the next week or so. In the meantime, enjoy this video of Brother Sam Singleton at this past weekend’s Skepticon 4:

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