I hope everyone is enjoying their break! I suppose that assumes you are on break. I am, and it feels good, man. Either way, today’s Music Monday features a band I heard first when seeing Bright Eyes in concert during the fall of 2004, Tilly and the Wall. I fell in love with the band immediately when their percussion section features three tap dancing women. It was something I had never seen before and absolutely loved it. To seal the deal, and obligate me to purchase their album Wild Like Children they played today’s Music Monday song “Nights of the Living Dead.”
We all have those moments, the ones in which we find ourselves unsurprised by the news we have just received, but are shocked and saddened nonetheless. I speak, of course, about the death of Christopher Hitchens. Everyone knew it was coming, that it was only a matter of time. Still, you could feel the sadness flowing in the words that were coming up on my Facebook news-feed.
Two weeks ago, the CFI On Campus Course of Reason blog posted a piece that I wrote in response to JT Eberhard's Skepticon 4 talk titled “Why the Skeptic Community Must Concern Itself with Mental Illness." My post caused quite a reaction for some people in the skeptic/atheist community; most of the reactions were not positive.
I think it is important that the skeptic community not be subsumed by the atheist community. What am I talking about? I’m talking about something as seemingly trifling as a name. At Skepticon IV this year, Dave Silverman gave a call-to-arms talk about why we in the skeptic community should adopt ‘atheist’ as our preferred nomenclature. I think the term ‘atheist’ is a fitting description, but only in the context of the God question. Other than that, it says very little about the movement, or community, or whatever.