Open Mic Night 3: The Best of Atheism

So tonight’s open mic is a discussion about who you like in the atheist community.  There are so many great resources out there for information, inspiration, etc.  Who do you like?  For example, best…

  • Conference speakers
  • Debaters
  • Authors
  • Bloggers
  • Tweeters
  • Youtubers
  • Podcasters

Who do you really respect in the atheist community, and why?



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8 responses to “Open Mic Night 3: The Best of Atheism

  1. What’s an atheist community?

    • It’s meant to mean “all atheists.” By definition, we are a community.

      “…a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists.”, definition #3.

      I think all atheists fit this definition, as we all share a common characteristic or interest (lack of belief in any gods).

  2. Speakers – I’ve only been to one conference, and only for a day, so most of my exposure has been watching YouTube videos. I did like the Matt Dillahunty speech at my conference, but I have soured on him, in part due to attitude, and in part his affiliation with Atheism Plus. The rest of the speakers were average (AJ Johnson) to WTF?!?! (Jen McCreight). However, I have seen some nice videos on speeches by Daniel Dennet, Teresa MacBain, Lawrence Krauss, and Hitch. There’s also a fantastic video by Julie Sweeney called Letting go of God.

    Debaters – Hitch.

    Authors – I have read very little (just Dawkins). I have a few on my to read list, including Hitch and Jerry Coyne.

    Bloggers – I’m a little sour on blogs right now (ironic, isn’t it?), but I’m a HUGE fan of Hemant Mehta. He spoke at the conference I attended, but I didn’t catch his speech. At the time, I didn’t know who he was.

    Tweeters – @rickygervais is great to follow. He gets so many questions about atheism. @atheistQ is good, as is @crispysea. I follow too many to remember the names.

    Youtube – c0nc0rdance, zomgitscriss, darkmatter2525, integralmath, aronra, evid3nc3, potholer54, The Thinking Atheist, and thunderf00t. Yeah, it seems t’foot is rather controversial these days, so we’ll see how that plays out.

    Podcasts – The Thinking Atheist (Seth Andrews) and Ask an Atheist. I’m down on The Atheist Experience these days. I don’t watch anymore.

  3. I have trouble with the whole community thing. Personal bias I guess. People who are doing things for atheism, in my opinion, really aren’t doing things for atheists – which I suppose is simply the nihilist in me. I like a good talk or lecture, not because it is atheist in nature or anti-theist even, but for the entertainment of it, the sport of it. What is a debate if not a joust?

    When a speaker makes me think, I enjoy it. When they make me laugh I am entertained. Jon Stewart might well qualify in my list though he is not specifically an atheist speaker etc.

    All of the renowned new atheists are good, no doubt, but I think that I personally enjoy it more to see a blogger (or other) having discovered that challenging god to come strike you dead has no repercussions. Nothing happens, and life is suddenly completely different. I think that I take more inspiration from the unknown soldier (so to speak) that is finding their own voice and trying out their own version of ‘the emperor has no clothes’.

    I think that perhaps finding inspiration from iconoclastic persons is near to hero worship, though I don’t think that is what you meant by the questions.

    So, if I am to voice an opinion on this I vote for the new atheist who is finding their voice.

  4. Lawrence Krauss was fun to see in person. I’ve been to a few conventions and I’ve seen many of the same people speak over and over. However recently I’ve soured quite a bit also on people I use to enjoy because of the entire atheism + insanity.

    Jamila Bey, Matthew Chapman are still to of my favorites– the Amazing Randy of course is great. I however have lost most of my desire to attend conventions anymore. I canceled my plans to attend Skepticon and American Atheists 2013 convention just recently..

  5. I don’t really get into media concerning atheism other than reading some blogs occasionally. I don’t feel the need to strengthen my non-belief, but I came across a good podcast recently called Cognitive Dissonance. They cover serious topics but they mix in a good amount of humor as well. You can check them out here:

  6. the main guys I like don’t really consider themselves part of the movement: Bart Ehrman and Neil degrasse Tyson

    but I do like Dan barker and John Loftus and Lawrence Krauss

  7. Nogodism

    Faith is belief without evidence, told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
    There’s a Bible on the shelf there. But I keep it next to A Christopher Hitchens book–poison and the antidote.

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