“What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”: The Role of Cynicism, Optimism, and Vulnerability

I really like the Decemberists. In case you missed it. I've realized that my recent blog posts, in addition to being few and far between tend to be on the ranting side. I'd like to attempt to rectify this without sinking into naivete, which is always the strange and probably self-inflicted balance I walk. Growing … Continue reading “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”: The Role of Cynicism, Optimism, and Vulnerability

The Problem with Asking Michael Shermer to Speak at Carleton’s Convocation: Part 2

Trigger Warning: Discussion of racism and Islamophobia, including racial caricatures and graphic racial violence. Laura cursing further. All right, let's say you just don't care about women, or you don't believe in sexism because, hey, you've never seen it, and you think people just can't take a joke and are all probably just overreacting. There … Continue reading The Problem with Asking Michael Shermer to Speak at Carleton’s Convocation: Part 2

The Problem with Asking Michael Shermer to Speak at Carleton’s Convocation: Part 1

Trigger Warning: Discussion of sexual assault/harassment. Laura will be cursing. Note: You can (eventually?) watch the full convocation recording here. A brief context for people unaware: on January 9, Dr. Michael Shermer, a renowned skeptic and scientist, founding publisher of The Skeptic magazine, and a man of TEDtalk fame gave a convocation in the Carleton … Continue reading The Problem with Asking Michael Shermer to Speak at Carleton’s Convocation: Part 1