Get to Know Me!

This Monday, February 12, I will be giving a talk to the JMU Freethinker’s Club on the subject of evolution and creationism. The talk will be from 7:00-8:00 in room 303, Taylor Hall on the James Madison University campus. If you live anywhere Harrisonburg, VA, stop on by!

Then, on Saturday, February 24, I will be speaking at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY. There will be a screening of “Inherit the Wind” in the afternoon, followed by my talk in the evening. The topic: Legal Developments in Evolution and Creationism. This assumes, of course, that upstate New York is not buried under twenty feet of snow at that time.

Anyway, if you’ve ever wanted to verify that I am, indeed, an actual person, this is your big chance!


  1. #1 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    February 9, 2007

    There will be a screening of �Inherit the Wind� in the afternoon

    Will that be the special version, with soundtrack enhancements by William Dembski?

  2. #2 Steve
    February 9, 2007

    As a Buffalo native, I must clear a few things up: It’s the southtowns that usually get hit with the mountains of snow. The city itself usually isn’t too bad, although the plowing often leaves something to be desired. Also, Buffalo is Western New York. Upstate is over by Utica.

    Anyway, I am looking forward to the talk at CFI.

  3. #3 Jason Rosenhouse
    February 9, 2007


    Thanks for the corrections. I tend to think of anything that isn’t New York City as “Upstate New York.” I’ll be more careful in the future! And I’ll look forward to meeting you on the 24th.

  4. #4 Steve
    February 10, 2007


    Just so long as you understand that Buffalo is closer to Cleveland than NYC, you’re better off than a lot of non-New Yorkers I’ve met. Seriously, “the city” is a good six hour drive away . . . !

    Ok, I’ll stop now.

  5. #5 John Farrell
    February 10, 2007

    Dude…when are you coming to Boston (Cambridge)…?


  6. #6 Jason Rosenhouse
    February 10, 2007


    I was, indeed, aware of that. I was suprised however to discover that Buffalo is actually farther West than Harrisonburg.

    John Farrell-

    Sadly, no one in Cambridge invited me! I suppose I could find some street corner that is technically owned by Harvard, bray for a few minutes, and then put on my activity report that I gave a public presentation at Harvard. It’s an old creationist trick!

  7. #7 John
    February 10, 2007

    Jason, there are plenty of street corners owned by Harvard. A great Pub called Graftons is across the street from one of them. Let’s plan on a round there, when you’ve one-upped the creationists.


  8. #8 Alon Levy
    February 11, 2007

    If you’re ever in Downstate New York, give me a shout. I’m pretty sure Columbia and NYU and CUNY have freethinkers’ clubs that can invite you…

  9. #9 Manny Goldstein
    February 11, 2007

    Kansas Citizens for Science got enough of the public on their side in the recent elections by saying that evolution does not imply atheism, and the IDers were lying to say that it did, to swing the election their way.

    In fact, when I visit these groups, they is exactly what they think and are essentially using science as a front for their philosophical posturing.

    Even with your so called overwhelming evidence, you can’t win public support by being up front about what you believe, and you KNOW it.

    Thats why you have to turn to the enforcers, the courts.

  10. #10 SLC
    February 12, 2007

    Re Manny Goldstein

    Mr. Goldstein, like his counterparts on the other side such as Larry Moran and PZ Myers is clueless as to the difference between methodological naturalism (science) and philosophical naturalism (athesim/agnosticism). In no way, shape, form, or regard is philosophical naturalism science, any more then philosophical thesim is science. That’s why philosophical theists like Ken Miller can practice good science.

  11. #11 Monado
    February 13, 2007

    Anyway, with Lake Erie frozen over there won’t be lake effect snow. I’m in far-off, slightly snowy Toronto, so have fun! And be of good cheer. Evolution as a concept is so useful and pervasive that it has won the war, and the creationists are stuck with a losing battle.

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