Just a quick shout out to let you know that the first annual Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference is taking place on May 8th and I will be there with all my Surly goodness!
What is even more exciting is that PZ Myers, Joe Nickell, Brian Dunning, John Shook, Edward Tabash, Michael Shermer, Dan Barker, Stephanie Campbell, William Lobdell and Phil Zuckerman will be speaking! Wow, that is quite a line up for a brand-spanking new event. The topic is, “Can science and religion co-exist?” I have a pretty good idea what side of the fence Mr. Myers will land on while discussing the topic and I am really looking forward to hearing his talk! By the way, if you haven’t had a chance to see PZ talk I highly recommend it. He is fantastic. And I know a lot of people feel intimidated by the big man behind Pharyngula but between you and me, in person he is a total skeptical teddy-bear. Seriously! Yes, he has sharp teeth and carries a big online-poll-smashing-stick but you just want to dress him in fuzzy sweaters with bow-ties, buy him chocolate chip cookies and hug him! But sshhhhh, please don’t tell him I said that. I think he has a reputation for being a badass-baby-eating-atheist or something and I wouldn’t want to piss him off. ;)
If you will be in Southern California on the 8th come by and see the wonderful speakers and please do stop by the Surly table and say hello to me! You can find out more information about the conference here.