Apostacon is a yearly conference for Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Apostates, Freethinkers, Rationalists, Pastafarians, all manner of superstition-less types. The conference began a few years ago with a different name, right down Interstate-80 from Omaha in Lincoln. It’s grown quite a bit in attendance and stature with the years and is a pretty hot ticket for gods-free folks from all over the midwest and the rest of the USA.
So what’s with the name “Apostacon?” Apostacon started out in 2009 as the Midwest Humanist Conference (I was there as a brand new Missouri State Director for American Atheists so, you know, that makes me pretty cool). It then went through a series of names: Midwest Humanist Freethought Conference, Midwest Freethought Conference, Dirty Mike’s Oil Change Lube Draft Beer No Gods Conference, and finally the catchy and easily remembered Apostacon.
But what does “Apostacon” mean? The Apostaconspiracy themselves explain it as follows:
Apostacon is a portmanteau of the words “Apostate” which means “one who has abandoned one’s religious faith” and the word “Conference”. The similarity in sound of the first half of Apostacon (Aposta) with the word “pasta” immediately invoked thoughts of It’s noodliness, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and thus our new conference logo & Pastafarian pirate theme was born.
I expect thought provoking, clever, entertaining presentations and conversations. And I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of cherished friends there that for the most part I only see at events like this. Maybe I’ll make a few new friends too.
If you’re in the Omaha area or can get there, check out Apostacon. If you can’t get your body to the event you can get your Twitter to the event at @Apostacon and #apostacon