#12 – Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas, Solstice, and whatever holiday you may or may not be celebrating this week!
I spent most of last night’s VDS chat in and out of a cold induced haze, but as it turns out my participation isn’t that important to keep the conversation going. We had a good bunch of skeptics, some new, some veteran, and at least one who’s been on before but now that we’ve seen her face she can no longer hide from us (*evil laugh*). Anyway, there were some tough topics this week and some good discussion. Thanks to Cary (@qaphsiel) for taking notes and moderating after I left to collapse around 11pm.
This Week’s Discussion Topics:
- AGW and James Randi [AGW, Revisited]
- Good source of global warming science info: Dr. Richard Alley (thanks @IDoubtIt)
- Ken Hovind’s Thesis [also here]
- Christian Side Hug video (again, damn that thing gets stuck in your head)
- Garrison Keillor’s anti-gay bigotry [Garrison Keillor falls flat]
- XKCD “observing” Christmas
- D.J. Grothe Leaves; Lauren Becker Promoted
- USA Today: Are celebrities crossing the line on medical advice?
- Coconut Carrying Octopus [Coconut-Carrying Octopus: Tool Use in an Invertebrate, Otto the octopus wreaks havoc]
- Attempts at using Flash 10 w/ TokBox on Linux (@TheMadSkeptic) with mixed results
- No Clean Feed – Australia
- “War on Christmas”
- Mendeley Research Network [Mendeley]
- Christmas Traditions
- “The Land Before Time” Movie Series
- Moral Orel
- PZ Myers and Mormons
- Buddhism – Stephen Batchelor’s “Buddhism without Beliefs“
- Freedom From Religion Foundation
- The social function of religion – Joseph Campbell, James P. Carse.
- Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris
Thank you to all of this week’s attendees:
Brian Gregory (@briandgregory), Cary Collett (@qaphsiel), Sarah Ann (@xtexasbelle), Sharon Hill (@IDoubtIt), Steve DeGroof (@treelobsters), Myron Getman (@TheMadSkeptic), Richard Murray (@xinit0), Stuart Venables (@AtheistinWA), Jareth Arnold (@maeamian), Stephen King
Don’t forget next VirtualDS will be next week Wednesday Dec 30th at 9pm EST. See you there!
Anyone who had problems connecting, seeing video, delay, talking, getting a camera to work, etc. please leave me a comment so I can pass the information onto tokbox. Thanks.