My favorite bits:
- Her Broccoli Analogy against emotivism
- Sex connecting us to our tetrapod cousins
- Her closing remarks about porn and other media
Yeah, now you have to watch it, don't you? It's long but worth it. (podcast?)
I actually think one of the best parts was the Q&A at the end, because it really showcased Greta's talents. She's prepared to answer pretty much any question about atheism, and she can do so in a concise, punchy, memorable matter. This was especially important for the couple "questions" that were really people (probably philosophy students) pontificating for 20 minutes about some theological concept against atheism that didn't relate to the topic at all. While my response probably would have been a short "Irrelevant, moving on," Greta replied intelligently just as quickly.
The drive home was probably the most interesting part of the night for me. The weather was pretty crummy, so a two hour drive to Chicago took three, and I think I counted 5 cars in ditches along I-65. Hooray for snow! But talking with Greta for three hours was a special pleasure - I should have been taping that, since it was effectively the Extended Edition of her lecture (featuring Jen McCreight). We discussed everything from our annoyance of feminists who reject science, to why she totally needs to get a Twitter account, to why the hell there are so many billboards for adult stores and strip clubs in conservative Indiana (backlash? truckers? Illinois laws? Anyone have a better hypothesis?)
I've heard nothing but happy reviews from other Purdue students - thank you so much for coming, Greta!Secretary, Treasurer, Greta, and President. Who says there aren't any female atheists?!
*Yes, I know the audio has some annoying background hum. If anyone out there is savvy with audio editing, let me know and I can send you the mp3 file.