Just grab it

But we don’t want to let all this mishegas overshadow the brilliance of the actual conference, do we. No we don’t. So time to post some happy place stuff. Like pictures for instance.

Monica Harmsen took this. She’s a friend and a CFI intern.


I really don’t remember what I was saying to Dave Silverman that could be illustrated with a throttling gesture.

I know what we were talking about though: Rebecca Goldstein’s magnificent talk, and mattering, and the implications of mattering for atheism –

Maybe that’s where the throttling gesture came in. I was talking about the fact that for people who don’t feel as if they matter there is one obvious remedy, which is theism. Even if nobody else thinks you matter, God thinks you matter. God’s eye is on the sparrow. Maybe that’s actually an eye on the sparrow gesture.

Anyway, that’s the reception on Friday evening, after dinner with a bunch of friends and before a long talk with Michael DeDora in the lobby about all the threatened atheists all over the world and how his Office of Public Policy works on their behalf. Maryam arrived at the hotel while we were talking. I jumped up to give her a hug and then she went off to take care of her cold-and-cough.


  1. says

    Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. — Karl Marx.

  2. Mattir, Another One With Boltcutters says

    I think you and Dave are scheming about what to do to Jesus there in the background.

    (Given that I’m his mom, I’m glad he escaped your clutches.)

  3. says

    Other possible captions:

    “Then I passed to Lebron, who went in for the lay-up…”
    “And the zombie was all ‘grraaargh’ before Rick shot it. Good episode.”
    “You have to use this technique when throwing a pot using madagascar clay.”
    “The cantaloupe was roughly this big…”

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