I Am A QEDcon Fan, Here’s Why

I feel as though QEDcon and the organisation team behind it does not get enough credit. Sure, they won an award last year for their brilliance, sure there are thousands of adoring tweets and Facebook messages telling them how amazing they and their events are, sure they sell every ticket and pack out the large venue in Manchester, sure over 500 people applaud for them as hard as they can without breaking their fingers, sure people get emotional when they have to leave – as though they’re leaving behind someone that they love dearly, sure people have- in just five years- become fiercely loyal to QEDcon despite not being personally involved or invested, and sure people who leave the 2015 conference have already planned their trip to the 2016 conference, and most of the people who attended the 2015 conference bought their tickets as soon as they went on sale in 2014… but I feel as though QEDcon does not get enough credit. Continue reading I Am A QEDcon Fan, Here’s Why

Apply For A Free QEDcon Ticket

As of today you have donated enough cash to get at least 6 people a ticket to QEDcon happening in Manchester next April. More if you consider the student discount, and the amount keeps rising so who knows how many tickets we will eventually fund. If you want to help get people to QEDcon why not consider making a donation? Continue reading Apply For A Free QEDcon Ticket

Let’s Get People To QEDcon. Again.

Another QEDcon approaches and tickets have gone on sale so I guess it’s that time again. Let’s rally together and buy conference tickets for those who can’t afford them! We’ve done it for *counts on fingers* lots of times now. Yeah…lots of times! (I have genuinely forgotten how many times I’ve done this. I think it is three?) I know it seems cheeky to ask for donations just as tickets go on sale, but don’t feel pressured to give if you cannot afford to. Continue reading Let’s Get People To QEDcon. Again.

Taking out the garbage: on approaching Skeptical Activism

For me, skeptical activism is all about information and how it is communicated with the world. I’m a grassroots skeptic activist, so good activism is all about how rational information is shared – but how successful your skeptical activism is depends upon how you measure success.

Just getting someone to consider my point of view for a moment is a success in my mind (even if they’re not totally convinced by what I’ve said.) Some would say this is setting the bar low and that success for skeptical activism comes in the form of people turning their back on nonsense beliefs, but as a former believer in a few types of nonsense, I consider that to be a very big ask. The transition from believer to non-believer is a personal decision that takes a lot of consideration, especially if it is a long standing belief that has a lot invested in it. Continue reading Taking out the garbage: on approaching Skeptical Activism