Just a reminder, y'all: I'm going to be speaking at Skepticon -- the totally awesome, free- of- charge atheism/ skepticism conference, happening November 19-21 in Springfield, Missouri. I'll be speaking on Saturday, November 20, at 10:30 am, on Atheism and Sexuality. ("The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn't want people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?")
Hosted by the MSU Chapter of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Skepticon 3 is happening Friday November 19 through Sunday November 21, at the Springfield Expo Center in Springfield, Missouri. Other speakers include PZ Myers, Amanda Marcotte, James Randi, Debbie Goddard, Dan Barker, D.J. Grothe, Rebecca Watson, Victor Stenger, Joe Nickell, Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald, John Corvino, J.T. Eberhard, and Brother Sam Singleton. I am so freaking proud to be on that list and in that company, I can't even tell you.
And yes, the conference is free -- I mentioned that, right? You have to cover your travel and hotel expenses (or else hitchhike and sleep in the park or something), but the conference itself is entirely free of charge. You are advised to register in advance, since it may be a full house. There's pretty cheap lodging available as well, in the Holiday Inn Express right near the conference center, at the special Skeptical Rate of just $89 a night, or $104 for suites at the University Plaza (also right at the conference center). In case you don't want to sleep in the park.
So come to the buckle of the bible belt, and raise some non-existent hell with me and your fellow non-believers! And if you're there, be sure to find me and say howdy!
What's more: Skepticon's fundraising pin-up calendars, the Skepchick and Skepdude calendars for 2011, are now available! Chock-full of yummy photos of scrumptious skeptics of both genders (intelligence is so sexy!), nearly nude but for strategically-placed clothing and bits of iconography (or what PZ refers to as "Feng Shy"), the Skepchick and Skepdude calendars make a tasty and tasteful way to express both your skepticism and your pervery. As a fence-sitting bisexual, my only problem is that I can't decide which one to get. (Clearly I should just get both...) And you'll be helping fund the Skepticon conference... which, as I mentioned, is being put on entirely free of charge, to make it accessible to folks who normally can't go to these sorts of conferences. If you think that's a worthy cause -- or if you just want a hot pin-up calendar with smart sexy near-naked skeptics on it -- be sure to get yours today! Here are some images to tempt you. Drool....
So help keep Skepticon going, and buy your Skepchick and/or Skepdude calendar today. Order both and get $2.00 off!