The Reason Rally landed a corporate sponsor

Over at Skeptic Money, Phil Ferguson is reporting that the Reason Rally, held at the end of the month at the same time as Photoshop World, will have a corporate sponsor.

Was that first sentence long enough for you?

And the corporate sponsor is …

Polaris Financial Planning. Info here. 

Polaris Financial Planning is committed to supporting the growing secular movement in the United States and donates at least 10% of all revenue to support this cause.

I was hoping to go to both of these events — the Reason Rally and Photoshop World — but I have three jobs that weekend. I wish I could have my cake, eat it, too, and swim in it.

All the big guns, if you can call them that, are going to be there, Lawrence Krauss, Adam Savage, Tim Minchin, Eddie Izzard, Richard Dawkins, James Randi and Jessica Ahlquist, the 17-year-old high schooler who defeated religion in her school — as if I want to see a high schooler speak.

Have we not taken enough notes from religion that have to herald a teenager?

Insert rolled eyes.

For full disclosure, I’m pretty sure Polaris Financial Company is Phil Ferguson’s company, which he should probably mention in his post. But you can’t knock it. The way to grow a company is to promote the hell out of it.



Extraordinary People: The Million Dollar Mind Reader










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Derek Ogilvie says he can read the minds of infants who are too young to communicate verbally. Now he agrees to undergo a series of controlled experiments to test the limits of his alleged abilities. He even faces the ultimate sceptic in the form of James Randi, an investigator of the paranormal who has offered $1million to anyone who can provide evidence of the supernatural.

Via Atheist Media

James Randi’s Challenge to Homeopathy Manufacturers and Retail Pharmacies | — To expose a scam industry that endangers and rips off millions of consumers a year, world-renowned conjuror, escape artist, and skeptic James Randi has put one million dollars on the line.

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Symphony of Science – A Wave of Reason

I would like to associate myself among the atheists and lovers of science who criticize these videos (below). I’m not sure who they are targeting, but I would rather see a compilation of great quotes within videos from all these people. AutoTuning the vocals muddies the messages to an occasional indecipherability.

You may agree these are great. When you do stuff like this, people who disagree view it as if we’re trying to polish a turd. At least, that’s what I would think if I saw something similar from a religionista.

Just sayin.

Via The Daily