During a recent trip to North Carolina to represent CFI at Duke University and at Rock Beyond Belief, I learned about amendment one. There were several activists on campus at Duke, and some people wearing “NO on Amendment One” shirts at the concert, so I asked them what that meant and they summarized it well. I looked into it further: “The measure would define marriage in the state as between one man and one woman. Same-sex marriage is already banned in the state of North Carolina. The proposed measure, however, would add the ban to the state constitution” (from Ballotpedia).
Every week I usually have a queue that holds a song I plan to feature for the upcoming Music Monday. But, as you hopefully know, I am always open to suggestions. So I was sent a suggestion to feature a metal band that was formed in the mid 1980s that goes by the not-so-subtle name ATHEIST. Specifically, I was notified of a recent blabbermouth.net interview featuring the band's drummer and lead singer.
Good tidings, fellow literate human. Seth Kurtenbach, here. As an undergraduate, I double-majored in English and philosophy; two humanities disciplines. I am currently in grad school for philosophy, but I'm in the process of transferring to the computer science PhD program. This transition from the humanities to science/engineering has lately had me reflecting on the value of the humanities disciplines. A wise and just eye doctor once while making small-talk mused that grad school must be designed to make one hate his/her discipline. In my experience, this is partially true, as I developed a topsy-turvey love-hate relationship with philosophy. As a soon to be former humanities person, I'd like to note some of the wonderful things about the humanities that I discovered over the course of my studies.
It was my great pleasure to attend the Center for Inquiry's and Council for Secular Humanism's joint 2012 conference, Moving Secularism Forward, which occurred March 1–4 in Orlando, Florida, so that I could represent the secular student group, SHIFT (Secular Humanism, Inquiry and Freethought), I cofounded at the University of Utah in May 2009. Florida was a prime location for the conference, given some of the alarming intrusions by religion into politics there that have been and are occurring this year. The conference consisted of a great lineup of speakers, ranging from the local to the international stage, and fostered a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere in which attendees could mingle with each other and speakers during intimate and casual social functions and talks. This was my first time attending a conference put on by the Center for Inquiry or the Council for Secular Humanism and I certainly am glad that I had the opportunity to attend this one.
Hey everyone! Sorry we have abandoned the blog for the last week or so. We all packed up and headed to DC for the Reason Rally and the AA National Convention. Then, I took a trip (my first!) to North Carolina for a Dawkins event and for Rock Beyond Belief. I can't wait to do a summary of those events and to get in touch with all of the people that I met, but I'm still catching up and wanted to post a little something here to keep you entertained for a while.