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Dec 03 2012

I’m back!

I staggered home last night at about 2am, fresh from Eschaton 2012. It was a very good conference from my perspective (and probably everyone else’s, too!). There was a familiar mix of good friends from Freethoughtblogs — Natalie Reed, who was given a well-deserved award from CFI for her social justice work, Hank “Beta Culture” Fox, Ian “Zombie Slayer” Cromwell, Ophelia “God Hates Women” Benson, and me, who bored everyone to tears with a primer on some very basic principles in population genetics (why do these people keep inviting me?). Then there were some familiar big names: Larry Moran, Chris DiCarlo, and Eugenie Scott. And then what I really look forward to: meeting new people who either are, ought to be, or will be big names: Veronica Abbass (why haven’t I been following Canadian Atheist before?), Dear Ania, and of course people like Heina, Eric MacDonald, Udo Schuklenk, Vyckie Garrison, and Jeff Shallit. There were others I missed; it was a surprisingly diverse and ambitious conference with two parallel tracks so you couldn’t see everything. That was a cunning ploy, I think, to whet our appetites for more so we’ll come to the next one. I learned stuff and had good conversations and that’s all I really ask of a conference.

Now, unfortunately, while I’m physically back in Morris for a good long while, I have to warn you that this is the last week of the semester and the chronic distractions of a heavy workload are about to flare into acute intensity: this is the week I have to give and grade the last unit exams of the term, grade term papers, advise worried students on their status in my courses, and do a bit of essential committee work, too, so I’m not going to be able to do much blog writing for a bit, despite positively aching to get a bunch of science and atheism stuff hammered down in words. The blog has to wait a bit longer while I deal with my top priority teaching.

But the end is in sight! These demands on my time (really, I’m looking at staying up much of tonight trying to get a stack of exams graded promptly) will begin to ebb around mid-week, and then finals aren’t that bad — they’re like the last paroxysm before the fever breaks. I shall persevere. You’ll have to bear with my boringness for a bit longer.

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  1. 1
    Blondin

    I didn’t find your talks boring at all, PZ. My daughter & I really enjoyed your “Chance in Evolution” talk. It was enlightening and entertaining.

  2. 2
    Zeno

    Time to stay home for a while, right?

  3. 3
    birgerjohansson

    He’s back ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDd9s-OiEtY
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    The problem with population genetics is that it is obviously complicated, so the creationits deal with it by ignoring it altogether…
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    “Ian “Zombie Slayer” Cromwell”; Next birthday, give him an album collecting the whole “Zombies vs Robots”.

  4. 4
    PZ Myers

    Yes! I’m staying home until sometime in January!

    I really need the break.

  5. 5
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    This is just your way of encouraging me to pay more attention to my job, isn’t it?

  6. 6
    godlesspoutine

    Nice to meet you in person, PZ.

    It was the best damned conference I have ever attended. Mind you, it was my first ever.

    I had lots of fun though. Looking forward to another by CFI Canada.

  7. 7
    Gregory in Seattle

    It was a pleasure to hear you speak. I’m looking forward to playing fanboi at Norwescon in a few months.

  8. 8
    DLC

    PZ , I don’t know how you manage it. I think I’d have dropped dead by now.

  9. 9
    michaeld

    I concur with the above, your chance in evolution talk was great to me ^.^ . I’ve never heard of meiotic drive before, so that was cool. Good introductions to genetic drift all around. Can’t speak to your other talk as I snuck downstairs during the break.

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    Hank Fox

    Great seeing you there, PZ! This was my third time in your august presence. Yes, I’m keeping count. ;-)

    I have a few pics from the event on my blog: http://freethoughtblogs.com/bluecollaratheist/2012/12/03/pics-from-eschaton-2012/

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