Flitting hither and yon with PZ

You may be wondering where I’ve been. It’s been a busy couple of days, and the next few weeks look even busier. The full itinerary is below the fold.

I flew into New York on Monday, and attended a book party for Chris Mooney (he was handing out copies of his book like popcorn), hosted by Adam Bly, who also presided over the next day’s event. On Tuesday, I was at the Inspiration Festival, which I’m sorry to say I later learned was a fairly pricey event to get into—it was part of a series of advertising week events going on around the city. If you tried to show up and weren’t let in without forking over big cash, my apologies—there were lots of cameras taping it all, though, including the Seed videographer, so with any luck it’ll appear on the web sometime.

I got to hear from or talk with quite a few interesting people. Among them were
Pardis Sabeti (I scored a CD!),
Jaymie Gerard (thanks for lunch, Jaymie!),
Jonah Lehrer (he has a book coming out next year—and he’s so young),
Randy Olson (I snagged a DVD of a Flock of Dodos!),
Lisa Randall (“Harvard physicist” is such an imposing phrase, isn’t it?), and
Natalie Jeremijenko (very cool stuff with feral robot dogs).

It was a terrific meeting, though; it’s always good to meet with people with such different views on everything, and it got me thinking, that’s for sure.

What’s next? The first couple of weeks of October are looking a little frantic.

  • 3 Oct: Fargo! I’m going to be giving a talk at the Science, Religion and Lunch seminar at NDSU. That’s going to be in the Meadow Lark Room in the NDSU Memorial Union at noon.

  • 5 Oct: Morris! Al Franken will be speaking at the Armory in Morris at 6:30. There are still tickets available, I think.

  • 8 Oct: Willmar! I’ll be speaking at the Unitarian Church in town on creationist distortions of scientific evidence. Man, it’s been a long, long time since I ever set foot in a church.

  • 10-17 Oct: London! That’s right, London! The one in England! Larry Moran and I are going to be making the grand tour of evolutionary touchstones out that way, meeting a few people and just having a grand time. As militant atheists, I’m thinking we ought to get white shirts and ties and bicycles, and cruise the city making converts like a couple of Mormons. Maybe we should rap up the Queen and explain what silly nonsense that Anglicanism is.

    Nah, I think we’re going to be too busy with museums and scientists and stuff that matters to waste time with the royal family.

Now I just have to rebound from yesterday’s trip and get caught up on classwork. Oy, there’s a stack of exams to grade waiting for me at my desk.


  1. #1 deanbcurtis
    September 27, 2006

    While in the UK, perhaps a crossing of paths with Richard Dawkins? The God Delusion tour wheels through Cambridge, Birmingham, and Cheltenham. Not exactly close, but not terribly far either.

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