I haz a prize

I am informed that WEIT has won the Council for Secular Humanism’s Morris D. Forkosch Award for the best book of 2009.  What a nice treat—beats cheeseburgers any day! And not a spot of atheism in the book.

Anyway, it will be awarded at the anniversary meeting in L.A. in October.  Unfortunately, I can’t make it due to a prior commitment, but the meeting looks swell, with lots of Humanaries and a certain face-off that I’d dearly love to see.

Update: Make that two face-offs.

34 Comments

  1. Juha Savolainen
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I was not surprised: when the followers of teh Ceiling Cat and teh Basement Cat are not around and only teh secular kittens vote, that is what one expects…Congrats!…:)

  2. Ken Pidcock
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Ah-HAH. We’ve always known that teaching evolution is all about promoting the radical secular humanist agenda, and here we see acknowledgment.

    It’s mere coincidence that they’ve also chosen to honor a brilliant scientist and writer.

  3. Posted August 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Jerry! Take pride in this one. Your book is a fine and obvious choice.

  4. Badger3k
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Not a Templeton prize? Oh, well…congratulations anyway! I had a sample on my ipad, and I just went ahead and purchased it. Now I can take it to class with me.

  5. Stan
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Jerry! It is well-deserved. It’s a shame you can’t be there to accept.

  6. mike m
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    …. A very juicy book, cover to cover. Cheers!

  7. NewEnglandBob
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on the award. Too bad that you won’t be there to see the panels of the titans. Oh yeah, Mooney and Wright will be there too

  8. Hempenstein
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    This calls for a stogie! And let’s hope the https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/weit-makes-longlist-for-royal-society-prize-for-science-books/ takes note, too!

    (this is my first attempt to embed a link, in case it’s a disaster)

    • Hempenstein
      Posted August 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

      #$%$!! The link was supposed to say Royal Society, in orange. Blame PZ’s instructions.

      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted August 11, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink

        In case you have trouble to view the source code of a link (and FSM knows they are often elaborated), the standard HTML “a” code works here:

        [a href=”link adress”]link alias[/a]

        Replace [ ] with .

        Good luck, and now you can blame me! … (\_/) [/ducks]

        • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
          Posted August 11, 2010 at 6:26 am | Permalink

          _Of course_ the HTML parser would eat my signs!

        • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
          Posted August 11, 2010 at 6:27 am | Permalink

          _Of course_ the HTML parser would eat my < and > signs!

  9. Ken Pidcock
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Sam Harris and Robert Wright? Please post the link for the pay per view.

  10. Posted August 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!

    But I have a feeling you are going to wish you were a fly on the wall at that conference. Woooow! Its like geek MMA!!

    • MadScientist
      Posted August 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      MMA?

  11. Posted August 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!

  12. Posted August 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!

  13. Marella
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Indeed, many felicitations on your well deserved good fortune!

  14. articulett
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Zowie– Congratz!

    (I’m wondering if I can make it to the showdown… ?)

  15. Sigmund
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Slightly off topic but something Jerry might want to take a look at:
    http://www.virologyj.com/content/7/1/169
    This is what you get when you mix science and religion.

  16. Posted August 11, 2010 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! This is well deserved.

  17. Posted August 11, 2010 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Yarly gz! Bukritig skillz, u haz em.

    On a serious note, congratulations, well deserved. I enjoyed WEIT very much. Any further books in the pipeline ?

  18. Tim Harris
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    omedeto gozaimasu!

  19. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Prize kitteh, we growl at you and garland you with sardines!

    [Myers vs Scott and Mooney – who put that cat among the pigeons? But I’m curious about Stenger, because I have no idea how he reasons outside physics (vs superstition). … um, maybe I do: latest book The New Atheism: Taking a Stand for Science and Reason.

    And an impressive line up of speakers to boot. Let’s hope they make youtubes.]

    • Posted August 11, 2010 at 6:53 am | Permalink

      Stenger’s previous book, God: A Failed Hypothesis is even better, IMO. Its premise is that not only does science address the “god” question — it examined it and found no evidence of god in the very places that theism posits there should be evidence.

      • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
        Posted August 11, 2010 at 7:43 am | Permalink

        Yes, that is about my extent of knowledge of his interests.

        I can heartily endorse it. Especially as he has new answers to the old strawman “why something from nothing” and the actual questions “why systems and laws (processes)”. Answers which are entirely natural on the observed systems.

        There are other possibilities in modern physics, but all of the potential pathways pool. They show how religions have been chased out of the last physics territories it claimed as “theirs”.

        I read somewhere the prognosis that the leading edge of the religious communities will/will have to reorient itself on “soul” and “free will”, as long as these lasts as social issues in front neuroscience onslaught. Coyne may be prescient to take the reins on these questions.

  20. Seth
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 6:35 am | Permalink

    Yeah for Jerry!

    I picked up WEIT a couple of weeks back. I’m nearly through & very much enjoying the book.

    Checking the CSH site for the upcoming meeting, I’m a little saddened to find there isn’t small travel grant awards available for students (or the like) to attend the meeting (such as you would see for research conferences). It would be a great way to get younger people involved.

  21. Pete Moulton
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    It’s a great book, and a richly deserved award, Jerry. Congratulations!

  22. Jonathan Morgan
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Mazel tov–it really is a terrific book!

    (I’m among the lucky few to get a ticket for the Harris/Wright and Myers/Mooney intellectual “brawl to end it all”–looking forward to it)

  23. Damian
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, it was well deserved.

  24. Posted August 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Yay! You can haz prize!

  25. Posted August 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I would dearly love to see that face-off too…even though I have heard murmured predictions that one party will simply not be responsive, so it won’t be as fun as one might expect.

  26. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    congrats. I guess you accepting this title of nobility disqualifies you as a US citizen, under the 13th amendment.

  27. MadScientist
    Posted August 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Jerry!

    I wouldn’t want to see Mooney vs. PZ – PZ will walk over Mooney – on the one hand you’ll have a very reasonable person and on the other you’ll have a fundamentally dishonest person who believes lying (known these days as ‘framing’) is our greatest ally in combating religious nonsense. Bet on hedging, weaseling, and willing pretense of ignorance on Mooney’s part.

    Now if it were Vic Stenger vs. Mooney, my money is on Stenger really whipping Mooney about like PZ just can’t do.


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