Lunch with the Friendly Atheist

It’s weird that I’ve lived in Chicago for 26 years and never met Hemant Mehta, especially given our common interests. That was fixed today, as Hemant was kind enough to drive to Hyde Park from Napierville so we could have lunch and a chat.

Hemant Mehta

We talked of cabbages and kings, and he brought a copy of my book, which I signed and adorned with a felid.  And yes, he is a friendly atheist.

23 Comments

  1. Hempenstein
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Which of you is more optimistic for the future?

  2. bacopa
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Did you follow Hemant’s dietary practices during your lunch? I’m going to pop over to Friendly Atheist and see if he says anything about lunch over there.

  3. Avis James
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Want to have dinner with another one tomorrow night? I will be in Chicago!

    • Dan McPeek
      Posted August 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      Mr. Mehta’s website THE FRIENDLY ATHEIST is great; I click on it every day. It’s filled with the latest happenings in atheism (and
      related) from around the country and the world with links to great video and articles. Check it out!

  4. docbill1351
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Enough chit-chat!

    Where did you go for lunch and what did you eat?

    Pictures!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted August 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, why no food pictures?

      • Reginald Selkirk
        Posted August 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        I’ve heard Hemant is a vegan. Maybe the food wasn’t worth photographing.

        • Posted August 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

          Well, he didn’t know if he was coming at all, so I ate lunch early, and so I had an organic yogurt. Hemant had a grilled eggplant sandwich, so he might be a vegan or vegetarian, but I didn’t ask.

          • Posted August 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

            I’m neither vegan nor vegetarian, but I could probably be tempted by grilled eggplant….

            b&

          • Kevin Henderson
            Posted August 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

            I was vegan for four years and vegetarian for 10+ years, now I eat anything under the sun, but I still get at least two eggplant dishes a month…along with my grains…from Johnny Walker…long live Hitch.

          • docbill1351
            Posted August 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

            Great! Glad to know you’re a cheap date. When I come to Chicago I’ll take you to Balena on Halsted, but eat before I pick you up. That way I can have a bottle of Vitanza Rosso Montalcino and the leek ravioli all to myself! I’ll probably cave and let you have a forkful of tiramisu.

  5. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    So how did cabbages enter into the conversation? I haven’t heard any exciting news about cabbage recently, unless you count brocolli.

  6. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    … and he brought a copy of my book, which I signed and adorned with a felid.

    Tit for tat. Did Hemant sign a copy of Oculoplasty: Innovative simpler techniques for you?*

    *Yes, I realize it is probably a different Hemant Mehta.

  7. Posted August 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Two of my favorite fellas hanging out! (^‿^) I like it!

  8. NewEnglandBob
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I had met each of you, JC at a Harvard lecture and HM at Greg Epstein’s place. Zero degree of separation, I guess.

  9. jamesgart
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    God revealed himself to me. It was beyond anything I could explain. I was alone and never felt anything that could compare to this!

    • Notagod
      Posted August 12, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      So you’ve never been constipated? I understand its similar to what you felt, although most people don’t particularly like that feeling. You may be suffering from Self-Defeating Personality Disorder or masochism

      • jamesgart
        Posted August 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

        I am very well schooled in nutrition and physical fitness, bodybuilding. I never get constipated in fact I am completely regulated 3 to 4 times per day. So that answer is defeated. No, God exists, and I pray someday that He can touch and open your heart to His presence.

        • Posted August 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

          Which god?

          b&

        • Notagod
          Posted August 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

          However, your reading comprehension may need to be checked. I was suggesting that you likely hadn’t had constipation so you wouldn’t know if the “feeling” you experienced was similar or not. Also, I provided hopefully helpful links so that you may be warned that professional help may be indicated.

          On the off chance that you are being willfully ignorant, let me quote in a similar vain from your comment:

          No God exists

          Cheer up! At least you’ve got that part correct.

  10. Kurt Helf
    Posted August 12, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    It’s Naperville my man!

  11. HotJam
    Posted August 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Hemant is already an icon and in the future he will be a god.


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