Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker at United States Capitol Hill

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Join us on Capitol Hill

This Monday, September 30th

The Secular Coalition invites you to come and question two of the world's top three greatest thinkers! (#1 and #3 to be precise—as named by "Prospect Magazine" earlier this year). Come meet the New York Times Best-Selling authors and get answers to questions like:

 

Has humanity become less violent and why? 

What is a “meme”?

What truly makes humans happy?

How did everything begin?

Who was the first person?

Are we alone?

Why are there different races?

Where is the human race headed?

Insight on U.S. competitiveness, and more…

 

The first 100 people will receive complimentary signed copies of the authors’ newest books. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Kelly@secular.org

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15 COMMENTS

  1. If I had the money to go, my questions would be:

    1. what are the most common mechanisms by which people abandon religion.

    2. what most commonly holds people in thrall to religion even once they see how inconsistent and erroneous it is?

  2. Dammit, I wanna meet Steven Pinker! I have about 4,556,382,537 questions about evolutionary psychology for him. I wish he would do what Richard did that one time and take questions and select some to answer in a video.

    • In reply to #4 by InYourFaceNewYorker:

      Dammit, I wanna meet Steven Pinker! I have about 4,556,382,537 questions about evolutionary psychology for him. I wish he would do what Richard did that one time and take questions and select some to answer in a video.

      Yes! That needs to happen. I got to ask Dawkins a question once when he was touring, and that just made me thirstier. One can never get enough time with these people.

    • In reply to #4 by InYourFaceNewYorker:

      Dammit, I wanna meet Steven Pinker! I have about 4,556,382,537 questions about evolutionary psychology for him. I wish he would do what Richard did that one time and take questions and select some to answer in a video.

      I live just near Boston and have seen Pinker speak on several occasions. He’s very accessible. He often speaks in small venues and takes plenty of questions at the end of his talks. New York is only a few hours away. Keep an eye on websites for Harvard Book Store and Harvard Museum of Natural History events when Pinker publishes something in the future. I’ve seen him speak in both places when Better Angels of our Nature came out. If you need help with logistics let me know.

      • In reply to #11 by LaurieB:

        In reply to #4 by InYourFaceNewYorker:

        Dammit, I wanna meet Steven Pinker! I have about 4,556,382,537 questions about evolutionary psychology for him. I wish he would do what Richard did that one time and take questions and select some to answer in a video.

        I live just near Boston and have seen Pi…

        I might actually be going to Boston soon for a job interview. If I do, hopefully that would coincide with a Pinker event!

  3. If I had the money to go, my question would be : (Its not a religious question btw and its just for Steve )

    In your book “Angels of our better nature you put out some interesting information about Poisson distribution and trends in violence. Your point was that causes of war are random and tend to cluster as random events do but that the probability of the random event can change.
    My question is to what extent has nuclear proliferation changed the probability of a global conflict? Has it dropped too low to be ever likely or is the human race just waiting for the wrong deck of hands to be dealt?

    My other question might be is Steve really that much shorter than Richard or is Richard standing on a chair? :)

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