Sunday morning we enjoyed the final two presentations, prior to heading back to sunny Mexico. Jonathan Kirsch gave a very interesting, very scary presentation on the Long Shadow of the Inquisition. He defined the Inquisitorial Toolbox as set of techniques, thoughts and methods that had been defined during the original Inquisition and that are still in [...]
Saturday morning started off with the previously-mentioned surreal experience of eating breakfast a few feet away from the Cigarette Smoking Man. I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure he wasn’t really in character.
The first lecture we attended was on Cosmology: A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence Krauss. What a great speaker. Ramona and I [...]
Ramona and I went to a great conference in Burbank, CA in early October. Darwin’s Legacy was co-hosted by the Atheist Alliance International and the Richard Dawkins Foundation. We arrived mid-day on Friday and jumped right in by attending a live recording of the Dogma Free America podcast with panelists P.Z. Myers, Sunsara Taylor and William [...]
Since I haven’t taken the time to write even brief reviews of the books I’ve read over the last several months, here’s a list of them in roughly the order they were read. As, or if, reviews are added, they will link from this page.
Shut Up, I’m Talking – Gregory Levey. Very funny memoir by a [...]
I bought this book on the strong recommendation of Michael Shermer and then last fall saw the author, Donald R. Prothero, give a presentation at Shermer’s Origins-Big Questions conference at CalTech. Prothero’s Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters is an amazing explanation of evolution from the fossil record and a great refutation [...]