Where the slyme live (podcast)


Listen to the discussion here.

I recently participated in a recorded discussion with two fellow Skeptic Ink Writers — Notung and Damion — and Chas Stewart. The topic of discussion was the Slymepit – an infamous forum which is critical of various bloggers, particularly a handful from Freethought Blogs and Skepchick, and figures in the online atheist community.

I originally joined the Slymepit when it was previously hosted on Abbie Smith’s ERV blog because I was disgusted with all of the useless in-fighting, character attacks, and smear campaigns which were launched at prominent members of the atheist/skeptic community. I found many who shared my viewpoints and were similarly disgusted.

The Slymepit has a reputation for being crass; coarse language, satire, and ridicule are tools which various posters implement on a daily basis. A diversity of approaches exists in the Slymepit, though; not everyone is the same and there is really no ‘representative’ of this diverse forum community.

Read Damion’s post introducing the discussion for more information.

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.

Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.