March 25, 2012 • 3:14 am

I’m about to embark on a week’s peregrinations.

On Monday, March 26, I’m giving a science talk at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (it’s on my fly research), and I’ll give a similar talk at Emory University in Atlanta on Friday, March 30. Of more potential interest to readers is a general talk on the evidence for evolution and why people don’t accept it, which I’ll deliver at Emory’s Harland Cinema on March 28 at 4 p.m. That one will deal a bit with religion, and I hope there’s a vigorous Q&A afterwards.

Finally, Richard Dawkins and Sean Faircloth will be speaking in metropolitan Atlanta on Tuesday evening, March 27 (information here, though the event is already sold out), and I’ll be introducing Richard, whose talk (“Darwin’s Five Bridges”) will be about evolution.

As usual, I’ve asked Greg Mayer and Matthew Cobb to fill in, and I’ll try to post as often as possible.  But expect somewhat quiescence.

I learned my first fancy word from eating Popsicles.

14 thoughts on “Peregrinations

    1. “Quiescently frozen confection” just doesn’t make any sense. If any of your food isn’t quiescent, something is wrong.

      Perhaps your suggestion was their intention.

  1. “I learned my first fancy word from eating Popsicles.”

    I learned my letters when I was a toddler sitting on my favorite aunt’s lap (she was a teacher) while she did newspaper crossword puzzles. She taught me the letters as she filled them in, then encouraged me to sound them out as I saw them in the comic strips printed next to the puzzle. In the days before Sesame Street, I found myself newspaper literate by the age of three. Most of my words were learned from reading, so I knew them byt couldn’t pronounce them. “Quiescently” probably would have thrown me for a loop, but I specifically recall having particular difficulty with “chrysalis”, thus preventing me from pursuing a caree in entomology.

  2. Congratulations and best of luck on you journey.

    Thanks so much for all you do in the name of sanity and reason. Your energy is astonishing and we are very appreciative of your contributions.

    Keep a sharp lookout for wacko rabbis. Don’t let them get within 100′ of you!

  3. I’ll pitch in with the acclamations, and I’m sure the resident bl … websiters will keep the wacko rabbis at bay!

  4. “… a general talk on the evidence for evolution and why people don’t accept it …”

    I’m not sure that’s true, except for the very unthinking. I suspect this is a very difficult area in which to get accurate results. Kinsey reported quite high numbers for adultery over 50 years ago, later studies have reported lower numbers. It’s hard to believe that the actual rates dropped from the 1940’s on through the age of “free love”.

    Equally, the answers to ‘religious’ questions may be just rote replies since the response “doesn’t matter”. Those who have MRSA don’t insist on penicillin. That’s a case where it does matter. But there’s no benefit in denying god to a prat with a clipboard – one day it might count.

    Cafeteria Christians are everywhere.

  5. Fort Bragg NC is not too far from Atlanta. Can you get to Rock Beyond Belief on Saturday? This is a big deal–having an event like this on a military base (and in NC!).

    Peregrinate this way for some extra fun.

  6. Emory University is home to the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, directed by John Witte, Jr, perhaps the foremost expert on law and religion in the US. On the subject of religious exemptions in US law, Professor Witte has said that they amount to, “a sort of religious affirmative action program,” then added, “separation of church and state was certainly part of American law when many of today’s public opinion makers were in school. But separation of church and state is no longer the law of the land.” And this is an expert opinion from the religious side of the divide. Perhaps he’ll show up at your talk.

  7. Looking forward to hearing your talk at Emory on Wednesday. Terribly disappointed to be missing Dawkins on Tuesday.

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