Watch me discuss the Ideological Turing Test at Chicago Ideas Week!

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In October, I was one of the religion panelists at the Chicago Ideas Week conference. My co-panelists included Eboo Patel (interfaith activist), Lauren Drain (fled the Westboro Baptist Church), Theodore Ross (his family hid their Judaism) and Julia Sweeney (atheist and comic).Since we were a diverse group of people, my talk was on having better arguments about religious disagreements, instead of just agreeing to disagree.  My talk was based on some of the principles of curious, charitable … [Read more...]

Post-Chicago Update + Radio Interview

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I had a lovely time at Chicago Ideas Week, and my 15 minute talk on the Ideological Turing Test and how to have better fights should be online in about a month. For a preview of what my co-panelists and I talked about, you can check out the image above. Chicago Ideas Week contracted with Ink Factory to have posters drawn during each of the talks that highlighted key ideas.  I'm standing in front of the illustration they generated during Religion: Exploring the Unexpected.  I'm trying to point at … [Read more...]

I’m speaking at Chicago Ideas Week today!

I'm on the Religion panel, and I think my talk on the Ideological Turing Test and fostering productive fights will go up online.  I'll keep you posted.  Oh, and in honor of the talk, I've finally overhauled my pre-conversion "About Me" tab above.  Want to take a look and give me any notes in the comments of this post?  I'll have time for a few revisions after my plane touches down.  Older versions of the "About" description are archived here, for comparison purposes.And while I'm aloft, chec … [Read more...]

I’m speaking in Maryland tomorrow

Just a quick housekeeping note.  If you're in the DC/Maryland area, I'm going to be chatting at an Ellicott City Theology on Tap tomorrow night.  You can find the logistical details at the facebook event page.I should note that this speaking engagement has already been a learning experience, as I've found out that, when asked for a title, I shouldn't say "I don't know.  I like puns and math."  Because now I think part of the discussion is going to have to be on epistemology and why I think "M … [Read more...]

Caution! Philosophy in Progress.

Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here.Last year, Theatre J sold out its run of New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, so if you're in the DC area and I didn't successfully drag you to the show this past Wednesday, you had best get your tickets soon. The play is inspired by the excommunication of Baruch Spinoza by his synagogue and spins out a confrontation between him, a Chris … [Read more...]

I’m Speaking in DC!

Remember you can vote once per day for the About.com Atheism Awards.  I’m one of five nominees for Best Atheist Blog.  More details here.What's the best way to spend Pi Day (March 14th)?  Arguably eating the Venn Piagram pictured above, but luckily that choice doesn't rule out coming to a theatre talkback I'll be leading that night!Theatre J is reviving its stellar production of New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza and, after the 7:30 show on March 14th, I'll be moder … [Read more...]


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