The public perception of a skeptic, I think it’s fair to say, is of a cold person who tries to deny their emotions, a party-pooper whose existence is simply to rain on everyone else’s parade, someone who categorizes everything into tightly constrained boxes with rigid definitions.
I can think of over 1000 people who attended TAM 7 last week who might disagree.
And I can think of two in particular: my friends and colleagues Rebecca Watson and Sid Rodrigues, who got married right there at TAM!
They had planned this out in advance, and set it up carefully. Rebecca is one of the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcasters, and they record a show live in front of the TAM audience every year before the regular TAM session starts. This year, during the Q&A part, Sid stood up… and, well, watch for yourself.
[Update: the JREF released footage of the wedding as well, taken from a different angle.]
Pay attention to people’s reactions in the video, too. Note the laughter, the smiles, the surprise, the support, the love.
Yeah, skeptics are a cold bunch.
Also note how giving of their time they are. There might even be an appearance of My Close Personal Friend™ during the wedding, too.
For more on this, including a video taken from another angle, check out Bug Girl’s skepchick post. I imagine more video will be popping up soon, too.
My sincere and whole-hearted congrats to the happy couple. It was a perfect wedding: funny, warm, silly, and the two betrothed surrounded by friends and family… with the line between the two very much blurred. Sometimes, that’s just the way we skeptics like it.