And now we drink…

Our closing farewell, with the various FtB bloggers raising a toast to you, the viewers.

Starts at 8 PM Central!

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And now we drink…

Where are the Asian Faces of Freethought?

John Xu, the new Director of CFI Toronto, made this observation:

“I have often remarked how little interest people of my ethnicity have for secularist and freethought issues. My theory is that this is because they are the product of very complicated and difficult social, political, and intellectual turmoils of the 20th Century. Most Chinese people I know are brought up with a single-minded concern about generating wealth and a general apathy about philosophical matters. This is likely because their parents lived through such hard times.”

Although East Asians are the largest group of irreligious adherents in the world, the prominent faces of irreligion are white men like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris. The panelists will discuss and dissect assumptions and stereotypes about East and South Asians and their puzzling absence in representative numbers in the freethought and secular microcosm.

With Lilandra Nelson, Shanon Nebo, Razib Khan, Hemant Mehta, Yau Man Chan, and Vic Wang.

Starts at 6 PM Central!

Where are the Asian Faces of Freethought?

Myths and Facts About Trans People

While trans people have recently had increased exposure in the media and the mainstream consciousness, this has come at the cost of numerous misconceptions about what it means to be trans. In this panel, five trans women will discuss both the obvious and subtle flaws in common understandings of what being trans is like, followed by a Q&A session.

With Zinnia Jones, Amy Dentata, Trinity Aodh, Ellen Crouch, and Autumn Nicole Bradley.

Starts at 5 PM Central!

Myths and Facts About Trans People

Atheism and Grief

“I’ll keep you in my prayers,” “Everything happens for a reason.” We’ve heard all the cliches. But what happens when we grieve free of myths and mysticism? How do atheists take care of themselves and of each other in times of profound sorrow? Grief Beyond Belief’s Rebecca Hensler moderates a discussion with panelists Greta Christina, Hank Fox and Nicome Taylor about their personal experiences of grief without God and how the freethought community can help provide rational comfort in times of tragedy and loss.

With Greta Christina, Hank Fox, and Nicome Taylor. Moderated by Rebecca Hensler.

Starts at 4 PM Central!

Atheism and Grief

The Immortality Debate

Religions generally promise some form of immortality to capitalize on our fear of death. Atheists have to come to accept that we will die, and there are various strategies for doing so. One of the prevalent ones is asserting that death is a good thing which enriches life, and that immortality is bad in principle. This would not be a panel about Kurzweil-style life extension or dreams of uploading, but rather a discussion about whether hypothetically an unbounded lifespan is fundamentally a good thing that humanity should strive for, or a corrupting influence that would do more harm than good.

With PZ Myers, Eliezer Yudkowsky, David Brin, and Eneasz Brodski.

Starts at 2 PM Central!

The Immortality Debate

What The Military Taught Me About Feminism

Richard Carrier gives a personal talk about his experiences in the military and what they taught him about feminism. He’ll be telling some embarrassing and personal stories about his time in the service twenty years ago as a young naive man, and reflecting on how they changed him and contributed to what he knows and how he thinks today.

Warning for Viewers: Some of the stories will be about the sexualization of women, and Carrier will be repeating sexual slurs and other things he saw and heard that can be quite shocking.

Starts at 1 PM Central!

What The Military Taught Me About Feminism

What’s the Harm? Religion, Pseudoscience, and Mental Health

Religious and pseudoscientific communities often claim to promote mental health, whether through treatment or social support. Our panelists will discuss their experiences with mental illness and how religion and pseudoscience have influenced them. They will talk about the religious and pseudoscientific treatments they have gone through and how friends and family from those communities have responded to their mental illness.

With Ania Bula, Nicole Harris, Niki M., Courtney Caldwell, Rachel Maccabee, and Allegra Selzer. Moderated by Miri Mogilevsky.

Starts at 1 PM Central!

What’s the Harm? Religion, Pseudoscience, and Mental Health

Female Protagonists in Video Games

Women make up 45% of the gamer population, a number that’s climbing rapidly toward parity. And yet, female protagonists in games are few and far between — and when games are exclusively fronted by female characters, they get far less marketing budget than their equivalent male-led titles. Why? What can be done about this?

With Jason Thibeault, Ashley Miller, Avicenna Last, Rebecca Watson, Lynnea Glasser, and Tauriq Moosa.

Starts at 12 PM Central!

Female Protagonists in Video Games