Category Archives: meetings

Breakfast at Aspen

The atmosphere around Aspen, besides being intellectual, is also green: they provide free bikes for people to ride (not really needed on the grounds, which are compact); those who can’t walk are ferried around in electric golf carts; all the material for meals is recyclable, and there are recycling stations; and the food is healthy but delicious. […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and lagniappe)

Today I fly to Toronto to give a book talk tomorrow to the Centre for Inquiry chapter there. I’ll also be on the t.v. talk show “The Agenda” with Steve Paikin, taped tomorrow. It’ll be a busy day. Then I fly back to Chicago on Thursday to start preparing for the Big Road Trip. Meanwhile in […]

INR 5 photos

Here are some photos from the INR 5 meeting and our speakers’ dinner last night. Aron Ra, his head mysteriously floating above the podium: The Unholy Trinity in their last appearance. From left to right: Seth Andrews, Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra: Seth in cat glasses (they are mine, a present from Melissa Chen; see below). […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Though it’s Ceiling Cat’s Day of Rest, the Imagine No Religion meetings proceed, with talks today by Harriet Hall, me, Lawrence Krauss, and Carolyn Porco, and a speakers’ dinner tonight. There were some interesting talks yesterday, with three of them about how to address the growing problem of Islamic radicalism—two by ex-Muslims. All of the talks […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

I am up ungodly late for me: 6:15 a.m., but I deserve to sleep late on a conference/vacation. Also, I was stuffed with Indian food from last night (see next post). The meetings start today with afternoon registration, and then a talk at 2:30 by Vyckie Garrison, of “No Longer Quivering”. Garrison, who won the […]

I have landed

The United Airlines flight was an hour late, they provide NO FREE SNACKS, and if you want to watch a movie during the four-hour flight to Vancouver, you have to pay $8! What a ripoff! I would have flown Southwest (free snacks, free bag check, friendly people) had they gone to Vancouver, but alas, I […]

Imagine No Religion 5: June 5-7, now in a new place

It may be a bit early to flog this conference, but I suspect that it will sell out early as it’s in Vancouver this year (it’s always been in the much smaller and less accessible town of Kamloops) and because it has some Big Names in Science speaking, namely Richard Dawkins, Carolyn Porco (who gave […]

The Ratio meeting

The twice-yearly Ratio meeting in Sofia, which lasts a day each time, is unique in my experience: a large, privately-organized meeting designed solely to address science and skepticism. (They stay away from atheism.) It’s largely organized by Liubomir (“Lubo”) Baburov, who solicits donations but, I think, winds up paying a lot of the expenses out […]

Pittsburgh: #3

All I have time for this morning, before the meetings begin, is to post photos, which itself is a time-consuming exercise. But read this all, as awesome noms are at the bottom. I met my friend, the reader known as “Hempenstein,” who is a retired biochemist living in Pittsburgh. He just bought a large and […]


I’m in Pittsburgh for the the Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference, which begins this evening.  I arrived a bit early to acquaint myself with a city in which I spent much of my youth (my uncles and cousins lived here). As many know, this town, once a gritty, dirty, steel-manufacturing center, has undergone a huge renovation, and […]


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