You probably won’t want to watch this, as it’s long, the lights are dim, and half of it is in Polish, but I’m putting it up for the record. This is a series of four videos (I’ll embed one and give links to the other three) of a discussion I had in a coffee shop (“Punkt Ka”) in Cracow, Poland with a group of Polish rationalists. It’s pure Q&A. They total about two hours, and you may want to listen just for a few minutes to hear how sequential translation works and what intellectual discourse sounds like in Polish.
The videos are hosted by Jacek Tabisz, the president of the Polish Rationalist Organization, and the event was hosted by that organization. The woman who introduces me is the amiable Kaja Bryx, the main organizer of my visit. The translator, Julian Jelinski, did a terrific job, which you’ll see if you understand Polish.
As you can see, the room was filled to overflowing. This was true of my lecture in Warsaw as well, and I see it not as a reflection of me so much as the thirst of isolated Polish rationalists for voices and validation from other nations. Poland is one of the most religious countries in Europe (95% of Poles are Catholics), and although atheists are beginning to form secular organizations, religion is still dominant, and interaction with rationalists from other nations is most welcome.