Category Archives: meetings

INR, Evening 1

Yesterday was check-in and an evening social for the Imagine No Religion meeting in Toronto; it’s in the Airport Sheraton, so I doubt I’ll see anything of this lovely city. The speakers did get nice rooms, though: . . .with nice bathrooms. I LOVE hotels and have never gotten over the luxury of staying in […]

Imagine No Religion 7

Just a reminder that the Imagine No Religion meeting, always a great time, will be held this June 2-4 in Toronto. There’s a nice lineup of speakers, including the comedy team of Krauss & Dawkins, and I’m also allowed to swim with the Big Fish. The video below gives a preview.  See you there!

Secular conference on freedom of conscience and expression: London, 22-23 July

On July 22 and 23 of this year, there’s an International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21st Century in London, featuring a diverse and distinguished panoply of speakers.  The description: Join notable free-thinkers from around the world for a weekend of discussions and debates on freedom of conscience and expression in the […]

LogiCal: A science and skeptics meeting in LA

On January 13-15, I’ll be at LogiCal LA: a meeting with a skeptical and scientific theme.  The announcement, along with the conference website, is below.  I’ll be glad to see some old friends there, and note that Sean Carroll is the headliner. There’s also a geological field trip with Don Prothero, but I don’t know the […]

Moar CoyneFest

Here are some miscellaneous pictures from CoyneFest this weekend. There will be at least one more installment. Photos were contributed by Andrew Berry, Mohamed Noor and me (first two). Reader Su Gould and artist Tubby Fleck designed awesome “I can haz retirement” buttons for the attendees and speakers, available for a small donation to Doctors […]


CoyneFest has ended with a long party last night at the log house of my colleague Trevor and Tina in northern Indiana.  By all reports, both the scientific meetings and the dinners, booze, and party were great successes. I have lots of photos already, but will just show two now. Both were taken by Andrew Berry. […]

Interim report: FFRF convention

As is always the case, at least in my experience, the Freedom from Religion Foundations meetings are at once serious, moving, sociable (lots of chances to mingle with members and speakers), and uplifting. The entire meeting is a bit more than a day long, so I’ll give a brief report halfway through. Last night Dan […]

Evolution 2016: Food

by Greg Mayer After Jerry noted that the world’s most expensive BBQ is dry-aged and in New York City, and that “true Texans wouldn’t have anything to do with” it, I thought it might be a good time to feature Texas BBQ, which I enjoyed at Iron Works BBQ in Austin while at the Evolution […]

Evolution 2016: Mammals

by Greg Mayer I spent June 17-22 in Austin, Texas, for Evolution 2016, the annual joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Society of Systematic Biology, which is the premier annual gathering of evolutionary biologists from around the world. I hope to make a few […]

American Humanist meeting: Day 2

I went to one panel yesterday: “Humanism and Humor: Funny Ladies Discuss”, with Margaret Downey as moderator and featuring comedian and author Julia Sweeney and comedian and activist Leighann Lord (she also co-hosted Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson). I thought it might be a rather serious discussion of comedy and its implications for nonbelievers, […]