There has been quite a bit of activity in the blogosphere and on Twitter and Facebook in recent weeks on two subjects that our regular reader(s) know have been topics of concern to Ardent Skeptic and me.
Jamy Ian Swiss's stirring talk on at The Amazing Meeting 2012 on Skepticism and what the skeptic movement is about has been posted on YouTube:
As Barbara Drescher mentions, Jamy hits on some excellent points. The emphasis on skepticism as a process, and the difference between promoting Skepticism, as opposed to promoting other causes that skeptics may also be interested in, are matters I discussed last year in my post on Skepticism and Values.
There have been quite a few blog posts in recent weeks on the subjects of courtesy, civility, and bullying from popular bloggers like Jerry Coyne, philosophers Massimo Pigliucci, Russell Blackford, Jean Kazez, and Daniel Fincke, and several others, such as Shane Brady and Notung . Many of these posts were spurred, at least in part, by the recognition that a handful of very popular bloggers in the skeptic, atheist, and freethought communities, along with some of their eager followers, have engaged in behavior ranging from mildly frustrating to ethically questionable.
So it's good to see others, particularly some prominent skeptics, discussing
these topics publicly. Some may complain about
but I think it's sorely needed.