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It’s been a while, or The General Random Topic MashPost

Yes!
Hi!
I know, it’s been far too long!

So, a few things which I will elaborate on hopefully after the list, maybe later.

1. My medicine is Good. When I manage to take it at the appropriate times.

2. I am currently sitting in the ballroom for Skepticon. There is a massive church group packing meals next door. That is a thing.

3. I’m FINALLY going to get to start my animal studies project and present some in the spring. (this is exciting, if you’re unsure)

Yeah, I’ve made a switch to two 10g doses one in the morning, one at lunch time. I’m, you know, handling things. It’s good. It’s something I hardly even know how to talk about because I’m just generally in shock. I can’t remember ever feeling like this. All of my memories of forcing myself to do things and the amount of energy it took to do everything. So, I’m getting used to it. Still. We’ll see.

Also! Skepticon! Yay!
So obviously I’ll have more to say when it’s over, but I’m super excited to be able to be here. I wasn’t sure I would be able to get here and I wasn’t sure where I was going to sleep, but we all figured it out.

Sciency things!
I’ll likely post about this after I’ve done some more, but I’m rather excited to finally get some stuff done!!

Bad Apples and Elevator Buttons

I don’t even know how to begin this post. There is no silly story or funny quip or interesting factoid I can tell you about this situation.
We can start with some facts about me (and my situation):
  • I am of the female variety of person and while I don’t really care too much in any way (I just really don’t feel like gender has a terrible lot to do with who I am as a person; some people do feel particular. That is awesome and I appreciate their journey to figure out who they are), I am cisgendered.
  • Not first or foremost, I am also an atheist.
I’m also a student and a liberal and a heap of other qualifiers people use to identify themselves. I am all for labels. If you like them, use them. That’s fantastic and I am genuinely happy for you.
However, none of these things have ever felt like they defined me (except maybe student; learning is the only thing I can actually imagine doing forever).
So I’m worried about what others are pointing out about “The Movement”. There are quite a lot of people who first and foremost identify as atheists. I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with that, but it appears to allow some of them to ignore or diminish the privileges they hold.
I didn’t realize that a large portion of the atheist community just sort of brushes off many issues that are pretty important. Discrimination in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. I don’t think they think it was never an issue, but they seem to be part of the camp that says, “Yeah, that sucks that some people did some stupid stuff that one time, but why are we still talking about it?”
That’s not cool.
That’s not the skepticism I walked into. That is not a group of people that would make me say, “Oh! I like them! Let’s all be friends and work toward common goals!”
I don’t know how I missed them. It sounds like they’re everywhere. So, the short question is: can I ignore them?
They haven’t spoiled atheism for me so far. For now, I won’t let the bad apples spoil the fact that I’ve made some pretty damn good friends here and I don’t think we’re making the world a worse place by being here. If/until that changes, I will still work with those I feel comfortable.
And here’s my Big Question: If I completely missed them in the last year or so, can they really be winning? Crommunist Manifesto doesn’t think so. We all keep talking about the hullabaloo that surrounded all the sexual assault policies a while back and, yes, people were pretty crappy about it, but those policies are in place. That feels like…not exactly as victorious as I would like, but definitely not a loss either. It’s a step. It may not be a result I love, but it’s a step I can work with.
So, while I am disappointed in many of the people in this community, I am invested in this and I am not opposed to outsmarting the crazies in order to get the job done.
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Skepticon-kitten

Skepticon-kitten

You’ve probably seen it by now, but it just made me so happy.

Only Skepticon would have a billboard this spectacular. It’s absolutely perfect and makes me that much more excited for November.

Some Questions

As I sit on the massive quadrangle in the middle of my university, I keep being reminded of something that hit me hard at the Reason Rally. I can’t even remember who said it, but they ended their speech with, “Why isn’t this world enough for you?”

I don’t even mean the stuff. I type this on an iPad with a keyboard that attaches to it straight through the air, but just the straight up, untouched, crazy, natural world. How can you look at that and think you’re important? I’m sitting on a pillow of soft green grass. There are birds chirping all around. The sun warms my back. How do you want more? I don’t think I’m worthy of what we do have, but that’s not the point. It doesn’t matter what I deserve, because against all kinds of crazy odds, we are here. We have this one world and it’s aweesome.
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