Monday, November 6, 2017

The 2018 Global Atheist Convention has been cancelled. Substantially lower ticket sales was given as the reason. The boring nature of atheist conferences was not mentioned



The 2018 Global Atheist Convention has been cancelled.,

 According to the Atheist Foundation of Australia, Inc.
The Convention Committee secured Victorian government funding, a great program of speakers and the same venue that housed the successful 2010 and 2012 conventions. With those elements, the AFA proceeded with the Convention. However, ticket sales have been substantially below expectations and below the levels for previous conventions, so, unfortunately, the Convention cannot proceed.
In the article Atheists are boring snoozefests. Incontrovertible proof!, I wrote about how boring atheists/atheism are/is. 
 The atheist Jeremiah Traeger wrote about atheist conferences:  
"As for conferences, I could imagine a number of reasons why they are getting smaller. Isn’t it possible that atheism, as a movement, just isn’t really as exciting or novel as it was 7 or 10 years ago?" 

The atheist Jerry Coyne said about atheist conferences which he attended:
But to me the speakers and talks have often seemed repetitive: the same crew of jet-set skeptics giving the same talks. 
...a few things bothered me, most notably the air of self-congratulation( which I excused on the grounds of enthusiastic people finding like-minded folks for the first time), the “fanboyness” directed at some of the famous atheists (they hardly let poor Richard alone, and I’m not sure he liked that!), and the lameness of quite a few of the talks. Again, how much new can you say about atheism?[

Atheist David Smalley wrote relating to atheist infighting: "And we wonder why we’re losing electionslosing funding, and our conferences are getting smaller."

In 2017, The atheist activist Lee Moore said about atheist conferences, "Most conferences are gone now.They're either gone or in some kind of life support form."

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