Good news, everyone! Skepchick.org is about to get approximately 80% awesomer. If you’ll recall last summer I ducked out of the country for a few weeks
until the investigation blew over for vacation, and a few blindingly intelligent and interesting skepchicks stepped up to keep the blog going. Well, the response was so positive that I wanted to get them writing more often, and other skepchicks as well. With that in mind, you will now be treated to regular updates from a variety of skepchicks! They will each post to this blog for now, but in a few weeks we hope to relaunch skepchick.org with a new design, at which point all the authors will have their own space. I promise that it will be amazingly cool.
So, until the new site launches, the other skepchicks will post directly to this blog under their own usernames so you know who is saying what. Thus far, you can look forward to future posts from sraiche and tkingdoll from this past summer as well as Evelyn, an MIT grad student, and Donna, the leader of our SkepLit book club. I’m sure at some point in the near future we’ll have full bios on everyone, but at this point I think we all just want to get writing and perfect the details soon.
“Benita” sent me a link to this YouTube video making the blog and forum rounds: the Coolest 8-Year Old in the World. I find it hilarious, and the fact that Bill O’Reilly actually lambasted it for being a form of child abuse via indoctrination makes it even funnier. I’ve seen a number of people argue about whether or not it’s appropriate to have a child so young spouting opinions that she probably doesn’t fully grasp — I for one enjoy it on a different level, I guess. I think it’s a very good statement (intentional or not) on the common practice of raising children to believe certain things about the universe with no factual evidence at all, and no one seems very bothered by it. Richard Dawkins talked about this on his Root of All Evil special — how can a baby be “Muslim” or “Christian?” The baby doesn’t have a freaking clue. Suddenly this video shows a child expressing views that are much more shocking due primarily to her atheism, and the religious get a good taste of how bizarre it is.
I also appreciate it on another level still — as a marketing professional, I have to say it’s a brilliant example of viral marketing. After my very first viewing, I downloaded the band’s album, so it definitely worked for me.