Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
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Sexual Harassment Law and You
In the past year anti-harassment policies have become more common at conventions as communities have begun to discuss how harassment can deter guests and ruin the convention experience. But how do these privately adopted policies mesh with America’s public anti-harassment laws? Ken White, attorney and legal blogger, will outline how American anti-harassment laws work, how convention policies supplement them, and how best practices can make them more effective.
Some resources Ken has provided:
A really excellent resource on the history of anti-harassment policies in the skeptic, author, sci-fi and fantasy, and open-source communities: http://adainitiative.org/2013/08/conference-anti-harassment-campaigns-do-work-three-existence-proofs-from-sff-atheismskepticism-and-open-source/
Equal Employment Opportunity Harassment Resources:http://www1.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/
Ken’s post with resources, and with links to posts in which he’s discussed why talking about harassment causes such disproportionate anger and more harassment. http://www.popehat.com/2014/02/01/todays-talk-on-convention-anti-harassment-policies-at-ftbcon/
via Miri Mogilevsky.
And Now the Good News №74
“NASA’s Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds”
“NASA Exoplanet Archive”
“Watching how the brain works”
“Millennials leaving religion over anti-gay teachings”
“Survey | A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues”
via Steve Shives.
Between A Rock And…: Non-Binary Gender in Atheism
When women started talking about women’s issues in the skeptic and atheist movements, it created an incredibly charged atmosphere within those communities. A couple years later, we’re still having this heated discussion. In talking about gender-related issues, how well do people within the community address trans* people, particularly non-binary-identified individuals? Is there an overlap between misogynistic attitudes and transphobic attitudes? Is non-binary erasure a problem for the atheist/skeptic communities? What place do binary and non-binary trans* people have within the community, and what are their contributions?
via Jason Thibeault.
Social Justice and Young Women of Color
Kim Veal (of the Black Freethinkers) will join Raina Rhoades (of Rhoades to Reality) to host a panel on the issues social justice and young women of color. They will be joined by Noa Jones, Georgina Capetillo, and Heina Dadabhoy. They’ll be discussing the topic and taking questions from viewers.
via Richard Carrier.
Filipino Freethinkers Podcast 29: Vhong Navarro and “Important Things”
This week, we talk about Vhong Navarro and more “important things” people should be talking about.
Many of the prominent voices in the humanist, skeptical, and atheist movements live and work in stereotypically secular fields like science, education, and journalism. Do the experiences of those following the more traditionally spiritual path of the musician, actor, or visual artist have different experiences in expressing their secular bent?
via Russell Glasser.
Intersectionality and Allies: Exiting the Secular Bubble
Gordon Maples and Kelley Freeman of the Secular Student Alliance (http://secularstudents.org) have led and worked with countless secular student groups, and have learned a lot through their respective experiences. One of the consistent key factors in the success of SSA groups is how well they network and interact with the other student groups on campus. Gordon and Kelley will talk about the value of reaching out to potential allies, how it can help your group, and how best to reach out to your potential allies. They will be taking questions from viewers throughout.
via Richard Carrier.
Conversations for a Cause- Rebecca Watson, Skepchick
This week, we talk with Rebecca Watson of Skepchick, about using skepticism to address sexism and social justice issues. We also talk about her show with The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe as well as some of her book picks.
Fostering the Flow of Life
Dr Curt Collier, a Naturalist, rethinks ethical religion and concludes that Ethical Cultures “Deed before Creed” is the best approach to environmental concerns.
via NYS Ethical Culture.
Filipino Freethinkers Podcast 28: Abortion Rights in the Philippines
This week, we talk about abortion rights in the Philippines. We go into detail about what’s been happening with the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, which conservative Catholics have been trying to shut down.
Skepticon 6- David Tamayo- Multiculturalism, The New 3rd Rail
President and Founder of the Hispanic American Freethinkers, David is one of the nicest people that Skepticon has ever had the pleasure of tabling next to and couldn’t be more excited about him speaking this year. He is also one of the hosts of the HAFree Podcast and has a super impressive resume to boot. Welcome to Skepticon, David!
via Hambone Productions.
Secular Start Up: Rebranding
So your group has a name that isn’t necessarily public friendly or you’re interested in switching to the national brand of Secular Student Alliance. Kelley and Gordon both ran groups that have transitioned from their own name to SSA and weigh the pluses and the negatives of switching.
Skepticon 6- Aron Ra- Pterosaurs are Terrible Lizards
Aron Ra lays down the law of evolution with his amazeballs yurturbes videos and immaculate facial hair. He is also the Texas State Director of the American Atheists and has a show about magic sandwiches. We couldn’t be happier to have him coming to speak this year, so check out Aron’s (pronounced ar-ron for you noobs out there) blorg and twitters to find out more.
via Hambone Productions.
Reaching Out to High School Students
Phil Ferguson is an investment advisor representative with 16 years of experience. He owns his own investment company - Polaris Financial Planning. Polaris Financial Planning LLC, is a “fee-only” registered investment advisor and does not receive money from anyone other than the paying clients. Polaris is committed to supporting the growing secular movement in the United States and donates at least 10% of all (gross not net) revenue to support this cause.
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via Secular Students.