Team #GFGS Returns – Let’s Do Something Good Again!

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Would anyone like to help me do something good again? Back in 2013 I launched ‘Good For Good’s Sake’. This came about after being overwhelmed by the level of compassion & activism displayed by those that engage in the online ‘atheist community’.

I strongly felt that if this shared camaraderie could be channelled in a charitable context, we could really help some people who needed it. As atheists we share only one thing for definite; absence of belief in gods. Our politics, cultural backgrounds and our world-views may differ. Some of you may think Michael Bay makes good films for instance. BUT. There’s one thing I feel we could all agree on: the only thing required to be good is the recognition that it is good for its own sake. We don’t do good for the promise of eternal life, or post-death reward. We don’t do good because it is a doctrinal imperative. We do good because we have empathy, and as conscious creatures, we have concerns for the well-being of our fellow primates across the globe.

With this in mind, Team #GFGS has raised a staggering £22,773.03 for charitable causes so far. We’ve done this by ourselves, without media or corporate backing. Without promoting an ideology, or indoctrinating as a condition of our good deeds. A small group of people, in an even smaller pocket of the World Wide Web came together to achieve something that will make a positive difference to many people. That has to be good, right?

This brings me on to our third charitable drive. Are you up for the challenge? I’ve decided to choose Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). Many of you will be familiar with what they do already. For those that aren’t, please see the below video and their website here.

MSF is an entirely Secular charity that delivers emergency medical aid on a global scale to those who need it the most, regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. As with the last fund-raiser, this one will also end on Christmas Day 2014. Be a part of something important.  You can donate online by clicking ‘Sponsor Me’ below, or text ‘GFGS50 £5 (or any amount) to 70070. Spread the word where you can. Please keep an eye on my Twitter feed for updates. If you wish to hold an event for Team #GFGS to raise some money, please let me know!

Be good,

GS

Special thanks to @Wavish for the #GFGS logo

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Easter Review: ‘The Real Easter Egg’

Evangelism is alive and well.  Chocolatey, chocolatey evangelism.

The Real Easter EggMany of you may have noticed ‘The Real Easter Egg’ gracing our supermarket shelves, adorned with the promise of telling the ‘true’ story of Easter.  Not to mention the proclamation of ‘charity’ plastered all over the packaging.  Ever wondered what it’s all about?  Probably not.  But I’m going to save you the £3.00 and tell you anyway.  You’re welcome.

Given the fact that there are now a few variations of this product on the shelf this year, I would be inclined to believe they’ve been selling well (It is chocolate after all), or perhaps they’re simply happy to pour ‘God’ knows how much of whoever’s money into a failing enterprise for the sake of filling some impressionable child’s noggin with superstitious nonsense.  Indeed, I’ve had images tweeted my way to show these packaged humpty dumpties, sitting tragically alone on the shelves, remaining long after the other non-indoctineggs have been snapped up.  If anyone knows how to obtain sales figures on these tasty propagandeggs, I’d be pleased to have them shared my way.

The egg I’ll be taking a look at is the one shown in the image above.  If you’ve picked up one of the other variations, please feel free to let me know of any differences in the comments below.  I must say on a personal note, I was incredibly disappointed to discover the sticker set was absent this year.  Arranging Jesus in imaginative positions amongst the other characters filled my entire Sunday last year.  I’ll do my best to avoid egg puns, but I’m not promising anything. Read more

Ep#15 – Peter Boghossian – Faith & Epistemology

Author of ‘A Manual For Creating Atheists’ and Philosophy Instructor Peter Boghossian drops in on the #GSPodcast to talk faith, street epistemology and critical thinking.  How do we convince people that faith is not a reliable path to truth? Also, did the #GSPodcast experience a divine smiting?*

*Nope.
Guest: Peter Boghossian (@PeterBoghossian)
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Ep#14 – Homeopathy

It’s Homoeopathy awareness week!  The Project Manager of the Good Thinking Society will be joining me on the #GSPodcast to run through the only 12 things you need to know about Homoeopathy. SPOILER: It’s absolute nonsense.
Guests: Michael Marshall (Project Manager of @GoodThinkingSoc).

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Thanks For Listening

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The Godless Spellchecker Podcast was downloaded over 11,100 times this March.  That’s far exceeded my wildest expectations from when I started out in November 2013.  Thank you!

Podcasting, especially as a first time amateur, isn’t something you become an expert at over night, but I feel I’m learning the ropes and finding my feet.  I’m really confident that there will be lots of great content and guests to look forward to for the remainder of 2014.  It’s really only just begun in that respect.

Noticeable improvements to sound and production quality have already been made, and I’m confident throughout 2014 the #GSpodcast will grow and become an even better listen.

As well as continuing to reach out to known & notable speakers within the atheist/secular community for guests, I will also continue to seek out interesting voices that may be unheard of.  If you feel you have something to say in this respect, please let me know here.

I’m also looking into the logistics of taking the show on the road in order to cover exclusive content from events, speaking engagements, debates and conventions.

I very much want this to be a listener’s show too.  An interactive experience for people with shared interests.  I’ll be placing a greater emphasis on audience interaction in the coming months, making the show an outlet for anyone with something interesting or entertaining to contribute.

This is currently a one man operation.  In the limited time outside of my regular 40 hours a week day job, I’m scheming, scheduling guests, recording, editing and producing.  It’s definitely become a second ‘job’, but it’s a huge privilege to get to speak to and learn from so many interesting people.

The show lives or dies on the support of the listener however.  If you’ve enjoyed the show, there are a number of things you can do to support and promote it:

  1. You can contribute to the hosting/production costs by becoming a patron for the show here.
  2. You can subscribe to, rate & review the show in iTunes.  This helps the show climb up the charts.  This will not only increase the audience, but give the show the clout to attract prominent figures as guests in the future.
  3. You can add the show to your Stitcher playlist, review and rate it.
  4. Share the show on social media.

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Thanks for listening,

GS

 

 

 

 

 

Ep#13 – When Knowledge Conquered Fear – Cosmos

Another Cosmos Special Edition! We welcome Scientia to the #GSPodcast and applaud the return of Episode 11’s Brian.  We’ll be tackling the big talking points from Ep.3 of Cosmos: ‘When Knowledge Conquered Fear’.  Newton, comets and where the hell can I grab myself a copy of ‘The History of Fish?’
Guests:
@Bemopolis
@ScientiaPercept

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