Going to Mexico!

If you’re not a resident of Mexico, you’ll probably not be going to the tenth meeting of the Ciudad de las Ideas series in the lovely city of Puebla, Mexico, but it’s a great time and a lot of good speakers. This series has been organized at great effort by Andrés Roemer and his team of associates, and it runs like clockwork, with tons of chances to interact with people. I was there once, in 2009 (the only time I met Christopher Hitchens), and I loved it.

The theme for this tenth iteration of the event is “Beyond X”, and it’s happening November 17-19.  I’ll be there, too, talking—for 7 minutes!—in the “Beyond Design” segment that starts at 11:45 AM and finishes at 13:15 PM.  The 7-page list of speakers is here (shorter version here) and the entire program is here. I’ve reproduced it below; you’ll see there are lots of interesting people and lots to do. It’s always great for speakers, too, because they take good care of us (including assigning each speaker a host who takes them around, shows them the best local restaurants and sights, and so on).

Puebla is about 2.5 hours by car from Mexico City. If you’re going, I’ll be delighted to see you there.

Look at all those people! Even Noam Chomsky! And Pilates!


  1. David Harper
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I see that Nigel Lawson is on the climate change denial side of the debate on the 19th. I’ll simply note that the BBC has apologised recently for allowing Lawson to make false statements about climate change without being challenged:


  2. Simon Hayward
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Nigel Lawson is speaking? Amazed he’s still alive, can’t be any sort of spring chicken now. It was always ironic to have a chancellor whose name is an anagram of “we all sign on”

  3. GBJames
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Looks good! But a debate about climate change? Srsly?

    • Posted October 30, 2017 at 11:38 am | Permalink

      Yeah, that looks depressing too. Oh well, perhaps it might do good. (Unlikely.)

  4. alexandra Moffat
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    my – so many fascinating subjects – plus Julia Sweeney. Will any be available on tape, you tube……

    • Posted October 28, 2017 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      Yes, I think most of them will be up on YouTube eventually, though I’m not sure.

  5. Christopher Bonds
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a great conference! Have a fantastic time (looking forward to pictures of your meals too!)

  6. Luis Servin
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jerry. There’s a new museum in Puebla dedicated to evolution. You might find it interesting and your opinion in it would be great if you get to go there. Also, if you spend any time in Mexico City and need someone to show you around just let me know.

  7. factvsfaith
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the information, Jerry! We’ll be there in 2018.

  8. Yoly
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like lots of fun

  9. samitchell79
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m so jealous! I will look for you and Professor Pinker and Krauss on YouTube. Have a great trip!

  10. Michael Fisher
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Great that Pontius Pilates is gigging there PCC[E], you must take him out for supper & get the skinny on the shenanigans 200 decades ago. Who kissed whom on which cheek etc.

  11. Michael Scullin
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    The largest pyramid (earthen)in the Western Hemisphere (in the world) is not far away at all (Cholula). Puebla also is home to a tile industry which makes many to the attractive tiles that one sees throughout Mexico. Food is good too. And volcanoes such as one does not see in Illinois.

    Schedule looks really good.

  12. xray
    Posted October 28, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    A climate change debate? Really? Krauss is a great guy,but does he actually know the technical details about climate science? Lindzen, for the deniers side, sure does, even if he will conveniently ignore contrary facts and put misleading spins on everything. It doesn’t seem such a great idea to me, since Krauss is likely to be blind-sided by arcane details that he is unlikely to be familiar with.

  13. Rob Munguia
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    You will be very welcome in Mexico Jerry.

  14. Posted October 30, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    An interesting group of speakers and topics …

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