It’s been a bad day for what’s left of New Atheism.
To start, Pangburn Philosophy is throwing in the towel. If you have never heard of Pangburn Philosophy, it’s basically this New Atheist Travis Pangburn, some guy who was somehow able to become the guy who secures and promotes public talks by people like Sam Harris and Michael Shermer:
I’ve largely ignored these talks because they don’t generate any public buzz or receive media attention. It was basically some diehards from the failed New Atheist movement looking for ways to make some cash by preaching to the dwindling choir.
Well, apparently, the Gnus once again got into some kind of dispute, as scheduled speakers for the latest Pangburn event began dropping out like flies. Ultimately, Pangburn had to cancel the show and took to twitter to announce that he was done arranging and hosting these shows:
Now Sam Harris is tweeting about Pangburn losing his mind:
Travis, have you lost your mind? You have a moral and legal obligation to refund ticket holders. What is your plan for doing this? https://t.co/kLLyxwqpNi
— Sam Harris (@SamHarrisOrg) November 13, 2018
In other news of the day,
PZ Myers is celebrating and gloating because the Judge has dismissed Richard Carrier’s lawsuit against PZ and friends. As a result, Carrier is left standing as one who has been shunned by huge segments of the skeptic community because of accusations of sexual harassment against him. Carrier promised he would win in court and he went down in flames. And I suspect that PZ is not done with him.
I consider this development bad news for New Atheism given that a) Myers continues to mock the New Atheists for being too sexist and racist, while b) Carrier was tying to rekindle some of the dying embers of New Atheism with talks about science guiding us toward moral truths.
Let’s end this sad day with a touching video of Travis playing the piano for his hero, Richard Dawkins: