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02 March 2008 @ 09:01 am
3/2/08: Potlatch  
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Potlatch has been good so far. The hotel is fabulous and many of my favorite people are here. We've had excellent meals with friends old and new (including akirlu, hal_obrien, nancymcc, src, and others whose names or LJ handles I've forgotten), and bought girl scout cookies from eddvick and amy_thomson's daughter Katie.

Yesterday I was on a panel called "Man and Aquaman," about biological and technological modification of humans. The panel started off slow and diverged radically from the original idea, but we had fun talking about what defines "human" and "self." In the afternoon I gave a reading, which was well attended, probably because I came in just at the end of Pat Murphy's reading and most of her audience stayed. I read the zeppelin story, which made some people want to know what else happened in that universe (I never have written two stories set in the same universe, never mind sequels, but I'm thinking that I might try that one day soon). The panel on atheism was fun and intriguing and made me say "what, is everyone in this regiment a woman?" I think that atheists really need to be more open about our beliefs, so that more people will realize how common atheism is and how we really are good and moral people.

Saturday evening was the Clarion West benefit auction, and I'm pleased to say that items we donated raised over $200. I also made out like a bandit in the "chocolate for trivia" event preceding the auction.

No writing since leaving home. Really ought to do something about that.

Oh, one more thing... got a hint of a possibility that maybe I will be getting some good news soon. Perhaps. Fingers crossed.

Carlcarl_allery on March 2nd, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
The panel on atheism was fun and intriguing and made me say "what, is everyone in this regiment a woman?"

LOL and I was just reading a post this am where someone was complaining about not enough women in the rationalist brigade! The difficult thing about being too open about one's atheism is that it can be misinterpreted as arrogance. I have, when being passionate about my scientific viewpoint, been warned not to assume that those who don't see the world as I do are stupid. :(

Fingers crossed for your good news. And I really wish I'd been able to make Potlatch. Maybe WFC ...
David D. Levinedavidlevine on March 2nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Hope you can make it to WFC! Love to see you.
Nancynancymcc on March 4th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I went to Potlatch, and the dinner outing was a highlight.

I also enjoyed the atheism panel a lot. I think Mary Kay was right that "born" atheists have a different experience than "self-made" ones (although just because we're less common, she shouldn't dismiss us). Perhaps my always-been-one attribute has contributed to my openness about it. I find that more people are horrified that I never wanted children than that I'm an atheist (YMMV, may be gender-linked!)