Category Archives: talk

Talks in the offing

Just in case you want to see Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus), here’s my schedule for the near future. Note that not all of these are finalized, so I’ve indicated which talks are tentative. Oct 7-9:  Pittsburgh, Freedom from Religion Foundation Convention, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  I talk on Saturday, October 8, at 4 p.m. Oct 14-15. Chicago. My student […]

Talk in Poland

My arm was twisted by some genial Polish academics, so I’ll be giving one talk when I’m in Poland. Unless you’re in or near the ancient city of Poznań, you can ignore the rest of this. The announcement in Polish is here, and here’s the relevant part of the English translation. (“UAM” stands for Adam Mickiewicz […]

On the denigration of science: Atul Gawande’s commencement address to Caltech

A short while ago, when we were chewing over Siddhartha Mukherjee’s distortions about epigenetics published in The New Yorker, I reproduced an email from a colleague discussing the magazine’s generally absymal and postmodernist take on science—but also singling out one author as an exception: The New Yorker is fine with science that either serves a literary purpose (doctors’ portraits […]

Dawkins’s Reason Rally speech

I didn’t go to the Reason Rally a week ago because I was in Boston, but I doubt I would have gone anyway, for I’m beginning to tire of many of these convocations (not all of them—some include science, psychology, and philosophy talks that go beyond personal deconversion tales or rah-rah calls for nonbelief). Richard Dawkins, one […]

Self-aggrandizement: Paperback of FvF comes out, and two upcoming talks

Tomorrow, May 17, is the release date of the paperback of Faith Versus Fact—one year after the hardback. If you couldn’t afford the hardback, now’s your chance to get the book more cheaply. Buy it at any of the sites on the right sidebar, or as Hitchens used to say, at fine bookstores everywhere. And, I have […]

Sold out!

by Grania Jerry’s venturing downtown this afternoon, and spotted this and asked me to post it. My first thought was “There’s a play about Neil deGrasse Tyson?” But of course, it isn’t a play but a talk, although Chicago Theater is particularly coy about saying what he will be talking about. It is heartening to see […]

Obama speaks out for free speech

Just a quick note, thanks to reader Barry who alerted me to this item. On last evening’s news, I watched part of Obama’s commencement address to the graduates of Howard University (a historically black college in Washington, D.C.), and I have to say that it was pretty stirring.  Now, as his term comes to an end, […]

Talks: Portland next week, Chicago later

Just a note to those who live around Portland, Oregon: I’ll be there next week to speak for the Center for Inquiry, talking about free will (or rather, its absence) on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m.  The announcement is here, and the venue appears to be the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall (!). It’ll cost you $5 […]

Houston this weekend

The Lone Star College Book Fair starts tomorrow in Houston, Texas, and if you live there, drop by and say hi. I’m speaking (or rather discussing) on Saturday at 12:30; it will be a conversation with Dan Barker, who’s discussing his own new book, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction, at 3:15 the same […]

Book talk: Houston, April

I love going to Texas. What’s not to like about good BBQ, good scenery, friendly people (I avoid the Republicans), and cowboy boots as an everyday item of clothing? I’ll be in Houston April 9-10 as a “keynote speaker” at the Lone Star Book Fair (see more here), discussing Faith versus Fact with Dan Barker, who’s supposed to […]