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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

General Distress Call: God Delusion Tour Info

I just received my copy of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and I want to know if anyone has his tour schedule?

The only date I know about is Oct. 16 and 17 in Kansas and I have to work that evening! (And I don't live in Kansas.)

Any chance of him coming to Minnesota?

UPDATED: I found some info here (and here, his calendar at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science & Reason--check it out!):

September 22, 10:30 p.m. - BBC2's Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman
October 9, 7:00 p.m. - Institute of Education, University of London
October 11, 1:00 p.m. - The Orange Birmingham Book Festival, Birmingham

American Appearances:
October 16, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
October 18, New York Academy of Science, New York, NY
October 19, Harvard Bookstore ReadingThe First Parish Church, Cambridge, MA

October 20, PopTech Conference, Camden, ME
October 21, McGill University, Montreal, QC
October 23, Philip Thayer Memorial LectureRandolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA

October 24, Politics & Prose, Washington, DC
October 26, University of Washington Bookstore, Seattle, WA
October 27, Powell's Books, Portland, OR

October 28, Skeptics SocietyCal-Tech, Beckman Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA
October 30, City Arts & Lectures The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
November 2, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

November 3-4, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
November 6, Salk Conference, San Diego, CA

I guess Minnesota is just out of luck. Damn!

UPDATED: Reviews of The God Delusion:

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky).

Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes. He critiques God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. In so doing, he makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just irrational, but potentially deadly.

10 Comments:

Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

If you go to his lecture, make sure you tell us all about it.

September 21, 2006 3:05 AM  
Blogger JanieBelle said...

Just a hypothetical here...

Would it really be that unethical to strap someone like ConcernedEngineer to a chair, superglue thier eyes open, duct tape their mouths shut, and force them to sit through one of these things?

What if the chair was a Lay-Z-Boy? That'd be OK, right?

September 21, 2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

BeepBeep, I can't go! I cannot go to any of these at all! That's why this is a distress call! Ahhhggghhh...!

Life's so unfair.

No, no, JanieBelle, what you do is, you tie somebody to a divan, feed him honey and wine, fan him with feathers, and lull him into getting a life.

You catch more fundies with fun, I say.

September 21, 2006 1:22 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

You catch more fundies with fun, I say.

Yeah, but you have to de-fun it, first, or you'll just give them an aneurism.

Putting a fundie in a fun situation is like hitting a mouse with a hammer. It's just too much of a shock to the system.

September 21, 2006 3:08 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

But I can save them, Dan! I know that I can!

Really, they can change. I can make them change! If only I can be naughty enough, atheist enough...

[Stop me anytime you want, somebody!] ;-)

September 21, 2006 5:05 PM  
Blogger JanieBelle said...

No, please continue with the naughtiness.

September 21, 2006 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Take a look as his new website The Richard Dawkins Foundation for his lecture schedule

September 22, 2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Hey, thanks Mike! Your linky didn't work, so here's the site, and I've already joined, and added his site to my blogroll.

But still, he could come to Minnesota and sign all of my books, for pity's sake!

Read my funny Dawkins'/Scott/Mayr book-signing dream here. (Really, I had this dream.)

September 22, 2006 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Great post. I followed to Eugenie Scott's presentation and links. Thanks

September 22, 2006 5:29 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Yeah, Mike, I wonder what Freud would have made of my dream? (Like I care; Freud was mostly hot air.)

I've visited your site before! Long time ago--I got there somehow. Great stuff. I've got a photo for you (for the post in which Bush gets impeached), if I can find the thing.

I adore Eugenie Scott, don't you?

September 22, 2006 9:47 PM  

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