Category Archives: talk

High Court rules that British schools must include humanism in religious studies

Just a quick note about what appears to be a landmark decision. The British Humanist Association (BHA) reports that the High Court has ruled that non-religious “philosophical” views such as humanism must be included in the Religious Studies curriculum. As you may already know, religious education is mandatory in government secondary schools in England and Wales (see details […]


. . . well, there’s one picture from Poland: the Last Meal. Malgorzata and Andrzej’s friend Monika, a gourmet cook (and student of linguistics and translation) met me in Warsaw before taking me to the airport hotel, and we went to a lovely restaurant for lunch. I had a delicious breast of duck (rare, as […]

My talk in Torun

The biology group at the University of Torun has published a series of photos of the “Inauguration of the Academic Year” ceremony, and I’ll put up a few, including some of my talk. The ceremony was designed to welcome the new students in biology, and also to inspire them. Thus I designed my talk to outline the […]

Fun in Dobrzyn and Toruń

Yesterday I was off to Toruń to give the beginning-of-the-school year lecture to the entering biology students at Nicolaus Copernicus University. The school was founded only in 1945, but has antecedents dating centuries earlier to the University of Vilnius (founded 1579), many of whose students and faculty migrated to Toruń after World War II. But before I left, […]

Atheist Alliance of America meeting in two weeks

I’m just back from speaking in Torun, which was great fun, including a slap-up traditional Polish lunch in the dean’s office, which is the fanciest office I’ve ever seen (some of the furniture dates from the sixteenth century). I also saw Copernicus’s house, but I’m getting ahead of myself; there will photos of all this […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

I am posting my first Hili Dialogue as Professor Ceiling Cat, Emeritus. All I can say is that I feel the same as yesterday, except that I have a warm feeling from all the kind readers who wrote in to congratulate me and say “thanks.”  And now business will resume as usual. One note: posting may be virtually […]

Professor Ceiling Cat and others at the Aspen Ideas Festival

My Big Road Trip is actually beginning with a professional gig at the Aspen Ideas Festival. This appearance involves an hourlong discussion with Eliot Gerson, executive VP of the Institute, about my book Faith versus Fact. It will take place on Friday, July 3, in the Lauder Room of the Koch Building in Aspen, Colorado. That will […]

My book talk in D.C.

Reader Ben Goren managed to find a posted recording of my book talk at Politics & Prose. I’m not going to listen to it, but I see it’s a bit over an hour long, so it includes the 35 minutes of Q&A.  There’s a TRIGGER WARNING at the beginning.

Upcoming book-related events and talks

Please excuse a bit of self-promotion: there will be an inordinate number of book-related announcements this week, just to keep people up to date.  This is a list of upcoming events, and I’ll add others when they materialize: Thursday, May 21: Tomorrow I’ll be speaking at noon at the spiffy University Club of Chicago (76 E. Monroe St.). […]

Signs from above and below

I realized that the hyper-Christian (and pro-creationist) Bob Jones University was close to where I was going to talk yesterday (Furman University), so I asked my hosts to take me to BJU. I did so in the fervent hope that I could at last find Jesus, for if he’s real, he’s surely at Bob Jones University. Sadly, […]


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