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. The site for Moving Naturalism Forward promises videos will be posted.  Does anyone know when and where?

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

  4. The “pony boy” in the middle is Jerry A. Coyne the author of Why Evolution is True.
    I was confused. Somehow I expected Mr. Coyne to look identical to Lawrence M. Krauss.

  5. Oh, Richard… oysters?!?  But seafood is brain food!   Come out to the Pacific Northwest again soon and try some of our geoduck (“gooey duck”)!  

  6. Perhaps they have written about each other in past with a photo, and we mistook the author for the subject or vice versa.

  7. Sue Blue

    We have an abundance of perfectly superb seafood here in the Boston area.  🙂 *glares*

  8. I expected Coyne to be about 6’5″, 260lbs, all muscle, with a shaved head and tatoos all over the place.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Goodness!  Don’t you all go over to Jerry’s bl…website on occasion?  He always has pictures of himself plastered all over it.  Not complaining. I like it. Just saying..

  12. [email protected]: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 …. 😎

  13. “Road trip with the boys!”

    Whatever will the faithful do now – someone threw a think-bomb in Mass…. 😎

  14. The Three Mollusketeers listen to Blue Oyster Cult while eating Rocky Mountain Oysters!

  15.  None other than Philosopher Dan Dennett , wrote some wonderful books .Check out Darwins Dangerous Idea , and Breaking The Spell .

  16. Wait….they’re eating bull testicles?  You can get those in Springfield, Massachusetts?

  17. 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!  

  18. 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.

  19. LOL!  Someone should do a study on preconception…how do we form mental images of people we’ve never seen?

  20. I’ve visited Jerry’s website…probably saw his picture any number of times, but if so, it didn’t dispell my mental image for some reason.

  21. He is one of the “four horsemen of new atheism”.

    Also, popular opinion has it that he resembles Santa Claus 🙂

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. QuestioningKat,

    Jerry reports on their exit strategy here:


    They are all well clear of the storm.  It’s not too bad here in the Boston area yet.  Just wet and blustery at present time. Everything closed down.

  27. So Richard made it out of Boston?  Sandy is so huge that I’m wondering how messed up trans-Atlantic flights are.  Hopefully all is well and both Dan and Jerry are safe in Boston!  

  28. 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.

  29. 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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