If any of you are going to be in the neighborhood of CalTech around the 4th of October, you might want to sign up for the big Origins conference — it definitely has some great speakers. Sean Carroll, Leonard Susskind, Paul Davies, (wait…what’s with all the physicists?), Donald Prothero and Christof Koch (OK, that’s better) will be presenting there. The late afternoon will feature the comedy stylings of Hugh Ross, crazy creationist, getting spanked by Victor Stenger. The evening will be topped off by a visit from Mr. Deity — how can you miss that?
One disappointment in the schedule to me is the afternoon panel discussing “Does science make belief in god obsolete?” While the four speakers lined up are interesting people, they aren’t the kind of people who will get it into a good brawl over the issue — I predict that the answer they’ll deliver is a waffly “no”, emphasis on the waffle. Maybe some of you readers can show up in the audience and add a little godless fire to the proceedings.