Friday, November 23, 2012

Jessica Ahlquist at Skepticon 5

This is Jessica Ahlquist at Skepticon 5 in Springfield, MO, a couple of weeks ago. The video is poor - it was captured by a member of the audience - but the audio is fine. (I'll replace this video clip later, if a better copy is posted.)  Edit: I did replace the video clip. This one is much better.

I've blogged about Jessica before, so you might check that if you're not already familiar with her story. (In fact, my brother gave me one of those "Evil Little Thing" t-shirts.)

But listening to her talk, I can't help but remark at how sane she seems. I mean, she's smart, she's articulate, she's wonderfully nice,... but above all, her head really seems to be on straight, don't you think?

Apparently, she wants to continue as an activist, and it's really hard to imagine that she won't be a huge success at it.

Here's another video clip she posted herself, last January, just answering questions from people. America will be in good shape, if we've got many young people like that.


Gregg Garthright said...

I've watched a couple of clips of her before. She's very impressive, especially since she's so young.

WCG said...

Yes, I certainly agree, Gregg.

And since she seems so sensible, I'm just astonished at the amount of anger she evokes in some people.

Rebecca Watson is like that, too. So you disagree with these young women, no problem. But why the hysterical anger? There's more going on with that than just disagreement.

WCG said...

FYI, note that I replaced that video clip, the one I'd embedded originally. This one is the official video from Skepticon and it's much better.