Road trip with the boys!


It’s fall in New England!

And what would be nicer than a ROAD TRIP across Massachusetts? Three bad boys, all heathens, took off from Cambridge, Massachusetts bound for the Moving Naturalism Forward conference in Stockbridge. 

 Sadly, unlike “Sweet Baby James,” the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston was covered not with snow, but with leaves. (Click to enlarge all photos via the continue reading link to WEIT.)

The picture above could be called “2.3 Horsemen” or, alternatively, “Two Horseman and a Pony Boy.”

The boys lunched at Chef Wayne’s Big Mamou, a Cajun restaurant in Springfield, Mass.  Dan and I started off with fried oysters, which Richard, who has a delicate palate, eschewed:



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  1. I’ve recently begun my foray into vegetarianism so these mouth-watering pictures are appreciated! That pumpkin is just asking for a catapult.

    Looking forward to the videos that will be produced from this workshop.

  2. Hey Jerry,—————–

    Bring RD and DD to Chi-Town and I’ll spring for dinner, under the one condition 
    that RD NOT order steak and kidney pie!!!!!

    Even I have my gustatory limits!!!!

    Yours, laughingly,

    The Kid

  3. Richard, I don’t blame you for avoiding oysters. The last time I had oysters (years ago) I almost didn’t make it home in time to “go to the bathroom.”
    That part of the US really isn’t known for its Cajun food, yet the seafood there is fabulous.

    By the look on Richard’s face, my guess is that he is a finicky eater and didn’t enjoy his meal.

    My goodness Dan D. looks like a giant compared to Richard in the pumpkin photo. Oh those wacky camera lenses.

  4.  @rdfrs-2450c0875078f592248ac8bff24e7337:disqus :  “Oh, Richard… oysters?!?  But seafood is brain food!”  So that’s why shellfish is a taboo food in the wholly babble.  RD has some fondness for Anglican buildings & music – maybe the shellfish meme remains.  He obviously got all his brain enhancers somewhere else.
    I love all fresh seafood, but my brain remains pretty slow & average, although being faith-virus-free may have helped …. 😎

  5. You’ve got some great lobster, I’ll give you that!  Made a special trip up to a nice little place in Fall River when I was in Rhode Island a while back, just to get a couple of pounds of those tasty seabottom bugs!  

  6. Could be.  It’s weird how we form an image of someone whom we’ve never met, just from hearing their voice on a radio show or reading their work.  I’d swear I’ve never seen a picture of Jerry Coyne, but I’ve read “Why Evolution is True” and read several articles by him.

  7. I was raised Seventh-Day Adventist and never touched anything forbidden in Leviticus until I left the church.  Strangely, that just about coincides with the excellent GPA I had in college (my high school GPA wasn’t exactly stellar).  Maybe the addition of Dungeness crab, Pacific oysters, razor clams, and all the fabulous varieties of wild salmon to my diet deserve some credit…or maybe it was just throwing off the whole straitjacket of religion…though I’m many, many miles from the genius neighborhood that Dan, Jerry and Richard inhabit.

  8. A post on the article’s website suggested a reality show
    for Richard, Dan, Jerry and perhaps Lawrence. That is actually an interesting
    idea. Are there any Hollywood types in the audience? This should be looked into.

    I bet it would do more for science …and their careers then just about anything
    else. Title: “The Horsemen of Science.” Throw in some of the mountains
    of footage of the late great “C. Hitchens and you have yourself a

  9. Yes, the Stockbridge workshop looks fascinating. Having just reread philosopher Thomas Nagel’s sympathetic discussion of philosopher and religious apologist Alvin Plantinga’s book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism (pub. Oxford) in the September 27 issue of the NYRB, I couldn’t help but especially notice a question the workshop will be addressing: “Is science unique as a method for discovering true knowledge?” In subsequently checking reviews of Plantinga’s book on, I saw that Nagel himself has just come out with his own, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwin Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. I have the impression that these two professional philosophers are widely regarded, by opponents and defendants alike, as among the most intellectually credible critics of naturalism, as well as proponents of the view that science and religion are not in conflict, and for this reason am wondering if the workshop is specifically addressing the type of arguments they make. Perhaps needless to say, both authors refer a lot to Richard and Dan Dennett by name. How informative and interesting it would be to see a review by Dan of Nagel’s book in the NYRB! In any case I join with others here in hoping we’ll have the opportunity to learn about what happened at the workshop, and the answers given to the questions discussed.

  10. Guys! Be careful! There’s a hurricane moving towards us here in New England. I hope it doesn’t impact the conference.

    It’s been raining here in Cleveland the whole weekend. This storm seems as if it will be huge! Stockbridge looks far in enough inland — not far from upstate NY  and the mountains.  Be safe Richard.

  11. The mental image people form of you because they read at WEIT or some place else without accompanying photo says as much about their own experiences as it does about you. Don’t worry, a moustache would look good on you. Not sure about the tattoos.

  12. NOOOOO!!! NOOOOO!!!! I can’t believe I missed him! I live 15 minutes from Chef Wayne’s! Did anyone recognize you? I would have flipped out if I walked in and saw you sitting there! There are much better places to eat in Springfield.

    I am so depressed right now. :(

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