Amy Roth's Posts

Last Chance to Get A Free Pass to The Boulder Science Festival

Last Chance to Get A Free Pass to The Boulder Science Festival

I said I would pay for at least one ticket to the Boulder Science Festival but guess what? Now, I am buying FOUR tickets! Are ya feelin’ lucky? Can you get to Boulder Colorado, October 12-13th? Do you love science? Do you want to learn about the rings of Saturn and other cool stuff? Do you want to meet Phil Plait and other awesome science-minded people? If yes, go to the post I wrote last we... »

What Matters About Skepticism and A Free Pass to the Boulder Science Festival

What Matters About Skepticism and A Free Pass to the Boulder Science Festival

I first learned that there was a thing called skepticism when I first became interested in science. It was around the time when podcasts first popped up on the Internet. I was sitting at home and had just finished watching Brian Greene’s, The Elegant Universe and I was hungry for more learnin’. I liked what I saw, but didn’t really understand it. I sat myself down in front of my ol’ computer... »

Atheist Duct Tape Artist: Andy Carmichael

Atheist Duct Tape Artist: Andy Carmichael

This was originally posted at Mad Art Lab. Have you been to our super-awesome art site lately? If not, go soak your eyeballs in some spectacular, secular creativity! But for now, bask in the glory of some truly inspired duct tape art! At the lab we love us some good ol’ fashioned godless art. We also love us some people with wit and a goddamn-good sense of humor. All of these lovable things ... »

Atheism, Sexism and Harassment. The Price of Speaking Up.

Atheism, Sexism and Harassment. The Price of Speaking Up.

When I first started writing for this blog I was a relative newbie to the concept of organized skepticism and atheism, and feminism wasn’t even on my radar. Feminism was some shit hippies did by burning their bras on the White-House lawn, not something for me. And I was raised without religion, so I took the concept of atheism for granted. I figured it was a simple question of either you bel... »

AI: Childfree and Fabulous

AI: Childfree and Fabulous

The upcoming issue of TIME Magazine is going to run a cover story by Lauren Sandler on the Childfree lifestyle and how “having it all” can mean not having children. And as a childfree, happily married woman I thought to myself, fuck yeah! You know what? I am content this way even with the sad, tilted-head looks I get from (some of) my mommy-friends and relatives. “Aw, you would u... »

AI: Body Integrity Identity Disorder and Wanting to be Disabled

AI: Body Integrity Identity Disorder and Wanting to be Disabled

Chloe Jennings-White is a healthy, able-bodied. 58 year-old research scientist who lives part of her life in wheelchair. She lives this way not by necessity, but by choice. Chloe suffers from what is known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder. She has perfectly healthy legs and even has been known to ski, but she identifies and sees herself as a person with a disability. She wants desperately to be... »

A Sandbox of Scientist Paper Dolls

A Sandbox of Scientist Paper Dolls

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY BonnieBeth on Mad Art Lab. Did you miss SkepchickCON? Wish you could have been there with us? We wish you could have been there too! So we’ve brought a little piece of SkepchickCON back home to you: our Geek Art workshop, full of scientist paper dolls. The whole set is here, and we’re already plotting to make more. Who are we missing? Who would you love to see as a... »

AI: Satire and Spreading Memes

AI: Satire and Spreading Memes

I have been reading about internet memes and how and why derivative and satirical works get spread on the internet in preparation for a panel I am going to be on at CONvergence/SkepchickCon next week. It is an interesting topic I had never thought that deeply about. I am not looking at the comparison of memes to actual genetics as Dawkins might, but more at how and why certain ideas get copied, mi... »

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