Category Archives: talk

Sean Caroll’s keynote talk at LogiCal

Last night, Sean Carroll (a cosmologist at CalTech and the Official Website Physicist™), gave the keynote address at the LogiCal meetings. As he told me at dinner beforehand, he was trying to condense all five of his Gifford Lectures (given in Glasgow last year) into a single hour. It was, like his Gifford Lectures, a […]

My talk at NUS in Singapore on the nature of and evidence for evolution

When the local Humanist Society invited me to talk in Singapore, I proposed to talk about the relationship between science and religion. That made the organizers nervous, because offending religious sentiments is against the law in that country. But it’s easy to give such a talk without saying anything that would violate the law, and, […]

My interview in a Chinese magazine

In connection with my lecture on religion to children at an international school in Dongguan, China (on the mainland), I was interviewed by the Dongguan HubHao, an English-language magazine that I believe is written for expats.  That interview is up, and perhaps doesn’t say much to regulars here, but I’ll post it for the record. […]

My interview at the Hong Kong Literary Festival, and a note on folk medicine

Last night I had an hour event (45 minutes of conversation about Faith Versus Fact and 15 minutes of Q&A) at the Hong Kong Literary Festival, co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Skeptics. You can watch it by clicking on the screenshot below. The interviewer is Mike Bigelow, a businessman, former Jehovah’s Witness (now a nonbeliever), […]

My talks in Singapore

I know I’ve concentrated on the food and sights in Singapore rather than my academic duties, but there’s not much to say about those. On Monday I gave a talk at the National University of Singapore (NUS)—co-sponsored by the Humanist Society of Singapore (HSS)—on the evidence for evolution and why it’s not accepted in America […]

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 […]