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 teach undergraduate evolution.) I suggest coming by early as it’s bound to be packed. As you see, he’ll be talking about his last book (not counting the new anthology), and the lectureship is an endowed and prestigious one:
There’s a dinner for a few of us Pinker groupies thereafter. And then, I’m told, Pinkah and I will retire somewhere to have a quiet libation, and I’ll hit him up to sign the copy of WEIT that was signed by many luminaries at the Moving Naturalism Forward conference. That copy, which you can see here, has now been illustrated and illuminated by artist Kelly Houle (“The Illuminated Origin”), so it’s a gorgeous book. Kelly and I will be putting it on eBay for auction soon, and the proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders. I’ll try to get a few more signatures of atheists and naturalists; if I can get Sam Harris’s, it will contain all three living Horsepersons, as well as a Nobel Laureate (Steve Weinberg), and other notable heathens.