Hey everyone! We’re done with FtBCon 2. We hope you all had as fantastic a type as we did, and stay tuned for an announcement about the date for FtBCon 3.
Just so you can start reliving the glory immediately, here’s a playlist of all the sessions from the con:
Closing up – Freethought Bloggers visit and discuss the close of the con, just in time for everyone to go watch that Superball or whatever it’s called. Oh, it started half an hour ago? Oops
Sex education in the United States is in crisis. Many schools are still teaching ineffective, religiously-based abstinence-only sex education, and few states require sex education to be based on science and medicine. Even when comprehensive sex ed is taught, topics like homosexuality and sexual pleasure are left out. Ginny, Benny, and Miri discuss their experience as sex educators, their perspectives on the issues facing sex ed in the United States, and where to go from here.
Why common “proofs” of God’s existence don’t hold up.
How could veganism & humanism possibly be related? Our panelists don’t think they’re so very different from each other. They will explore the intersections between veganism and humanism, while addressing some of the more privileged aspects of the vegan community.
Read the Bible with a genuine Ivy League biblical scholar, Dr. Richard Carrier, with a bottle of scotch and a pint of scholarly irreverence. Come follow along (even drink along) and explore what it’s like to read the Bible as literature rather than fact. No, really. Actually bring a bible (or several) and read along! Oh yes, Dr. Carrier will do the nativity (War on Christmas!), as well as why Jesus killed an innocent fig tree (War on Trees!), why Paul (didn’t really) tell women to shut up but did give women slut-shaming advice on how to avoid being raped by angels (War on Men…er, Angels…?), why Barabbas was actually the villain of the piece (War on Guns…er, Swords…Catapults? Whatever), why the author of John made Lazarus up…and then cited him as his eyewitness source (War on Fox News?), and more. Some of this will be drawing from Dr. Carrier’s upcoming book On the Historicity of Jesus.
The transgender male and trans masculine community includes people with a wide range of identities and lived experiences. Panelists will answer some common myths and questions and share their lived experiences. We will also address some of the similarities and differences between our experiences and those of trans women and cisgender people.
The Bad, The Dumb, and The WTF? Clinic escorts help guide abortion clinic visitors in and out of the clinic past anti-abortion protesters. Join a group of clinic escorts as we share some of the stories from the sidewalks.
What is philosophy? What use is it for the average Jane or Joe? How can laypeople learn it, benefit from it, and apply it in their lives? Dan Fincke (philosophy professor at Hofstra and CCNY) and Richard Carrier (author and philosopher, with a Ph.D. in the history of philosophy from Columbia University) are joined by Julia Galef (co-founder and president of the Center for Applied Rationality) and Jess Whittlestone (communications director for 80000hours, High Impact Ethical Careers) to discuss it. Everyone on the panel has real-world experience with practical, applied philosophy, and in the second half we will be taking questions from the audience. This discussion will be aimed at anyone who doesn’t have a Ph.D. in philosophy, and will focus on the real-world benefits and applications of philosophy, not its arcane bits. Learn how you can study philosophy in your spare time and use it in your everyday life, your personal development and life goals, your voting and activism, and more. The panelists might also address some myths and negative stereotypes about philosophy. And they will definitely be talking about how they, personally, study and make use of philosophy in their life and work, and how others can, too.
Last year, a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was released. Disorders were added and removed for several reasons, but one of those reasons receives very little attention. Too little attention. Join us as we talk about what it means for a person to be able to function in society and what implications that has for what is and what is not classed as a mental disorder.