Category Archives: talk

My Storer Lectures are online

They don’t mess around here at Davis: the morning after my second Storer lecture, the videos of both had been put online. And they did a good job; the lecturer (i.e., me) is on a split screen alongside the slides, so you can watch both at once. The whole archive of past Storer lectures is here, and […]

The most salacious scientific lecture in history

This is the story of how a professor was so intent on convincing the public of his findings that he put on the most bizarre and salacious public display conceivable, completely oblivious to what he was doing. I’d heard of this before, but today’s “Seriously Science” column at Discover Magazine recounts a lecture given in […]

Talk venue changed for tomorrow

The interesting news first: I’m been informed that about a third of the flyers posted around the UC Campus advertising my talk on theology and science have been removed.  The person who told me this suspects (as do I) that they’re being torn down by members of some student religious groups, of which there are many on […]

Talks in Kentucky, a single origin of life, and other stuff

If you happen to live anywhere near Murray, Kentucky—and the chances of that are almost nil—I’ll be giving two lectures at Murray State University this Thursday and Friday. I leave tomorrow, flying to the Paducah, Kentucky airport (one flight a day from Chicago O’Hare) and will return Saturday, so posting may be light, though the […]

The good Christians of Kentucky deface my posters again

I’m speaking at Murray State University in Kentucky on Nov. 21 and 22 (stay tuned for BBQ reports) under the aegis of the Murray State University Student Organization for Reason and Science. The head of that group just told me that the posters for one of my talks are being removed and defaced.  This is […]

Pah-tee with Pinkah, and a new symbol of secularism

As I noted yesterday, Steve Pinker was here on campus giving a talk on his new book: The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined.  It was the George and Marie Andros Lecture, a fancy endowed gig, and the Adroses (Androsi?) were both in attendance; George is a cardiovascular surgeon who was once […]

“Pah-tee with the Pinkah!”

The title above is how one friend reacted, using a mock Boston accent, when I mentioned that Steve Pinker will be lecturing on campus today, and I’ll be dining and quaffing with him afterwards. If you’re on campus, or in the area, come by, as the lecture is free. (It’s in the room where I […]

Karl Giberson discusses whether there’s a war between science and faith

You Miami residents may want to put this on your calendar. Karl (formerly “Uncle”) Giberson will be speaking a week from yesterday (Monday, October 28) at the University of Miami.  The topic is “Are science and Christianity at war?”, and according to some rule cited by Ben Goren, the answer must be “no,” as it […]

A short clip of l’affaire Dawkins

Somebody made an 8-minute clip of my conversation with Dawkins last night and posted it on YouTube. Since the organizers didn’t film the event, which is a pity, I’ll put this up. The sound is awful, but perhaps you can make out what Richard is saying. It does include my favorite question for him, which […]

Dawkins event (and noms)

Yesterday was Richard Dawkins’s book “talk” at Northwestern University in Evanston (just north of Chicago).  Actually, it wasn’t a talk, but 45 minutes of conversation between him and me, followed by an equal amount of time devoted to Q&A with the audience.  This was part of a tour promoting his new autobiography, An Appetite for […]


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