Dang! Check out the speaker line-up for the International Atheist Conference being held in Burbank, California this weekend! It’s close to where I live. And it’s at the same Marriot Convention Center as the UFO conference that I went to just a few weeks ago. Easy-peesy.
Do you think I should go? And take some pictures? And hang out with Richard, and Daniel, and Jerry, and Bill, and Russell, and PZ? Maybe ask a question from the audience microphone? I assume they’d all hate me if they ever saw my blog. I’m excepting Russell Blackford. Blackford doesn’t hate me. He talks to me in threads at atheist sites sometimes. Every once in a while (though very rarely), he even defends me! But I was especially rough on PZ Myers’s Catholic wafer shenanigans last summer, wasn’t I? I don’t think PZ would like me. Frankly, I don’t think much of PZ.
I don’t see uber-vipassana atheist, Sam Harris, on the speaker list. Nor Hitchens. Nor Ophelia Benson. I wonder what’s up with that. Michael Shermer is based in Southern California, but I don’t see him on the speaker’s list either. I would think Shermer would be there (even if he’s not slated to speak).
Ooh. But I see that Jonathan Kirsch is going to be there. He’s one of my all time favorite nonfiction authors. He’s a former editor at the Los Angeles Times. Here’s a link to one of his books. Kirsch has never written a bad book. They’re all mind spinning. But he doesn’t speak till Sunday. I probably can only attend on Saturday. (No, not because I have to go to church on Sunday!)
My wife (who is British) is a big Richard Dawkins fan. She likes to listen to his lectures around the house and on her iPod, and wants to hear him talk live.
Should we go?