Skepticism Through Manga

You know what is awesome? Learning stuff while you are having fun and being inspired, that’s what! And that is exactly what manga artist Sara E. Mayhew has in store for you at Montreal’s annual anime convention, Otakuthon, 9-10pm on Friday, Aug. 13th.

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Sara is giving a talk on Skepticism through Manga! That means art and critical thinking combined! Oh be still my beating heart! *Swoon*.

You may remember Ms. Mayhew. She is an international award-winning mangaka and 2009 TED Fellowship member and all around awesome gal! We reported on her skeptically inspired Nokia video a few months back.

More info on the event can be found here or on facebook.

If you are in the Montreal area you will not want to miss it and please be sure to report back to me on how it was. I do love me some smart-art!

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Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and kicks ass on a daily basis. Follow her on twitter: @SurlyAmy or on Google+.

6 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m Sayaka from ASIOS Japan. (And I’m so happy I’m finally here. )
    This is so interesting to me, another development from Japanese tradition. Wish Sara a good luck in Otakuthon.

  2. WOOT! Skeptical anime…

    Hang on does this mean that Japanese school girls do, actually like rapey tentacle sex

    HA! In your face liberal media with your whole anti tentacle rape bias.

  3. @Skeptipaul: a) No one’s claimed that _all_ anime is skeptical.
    b) You’re actually positing that all anime is true, which is not the same thing as skeptical.
    c) Although I’m by no means an expert of any sort on the subject and it embarrasses me to continue this line of discussion, there are lots of examples in anime of Japanese school girls _not_ liking, for the lack of a better term, rapey tentacle sex.

    I find your lack of logic deeply disturbing, much more so than fictional, rapey tentacle sex.

  4. It fills me with a crowning moment of heart warming to hear about skeptical/scientific artists. All to often I am told that there is no beauty in the world without magic/religion/mystery, pick you’re favorite. Of course those people are starting with the false premise that the goal of scientists is to make everything predictable. There are two problems with that: 1) Scientists would be out of a job if that ever happened. 2) It’s not even possible anyway!

    To me scientific skepticism doesn’t destroy the beauty of the known universe but enhances it. The realities of evolution, the big bang, black holes and supernovae are infinitely more beautiful and poetic than mud, blood and water.

    As Douglas Adams said, “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

  5. @Bjornar: COTW

  6. She will be speaking at DragonCon this year as well!

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