I’m holed up in a hotel room, writing, writing, and writing some more, only emerging sporadically to see a little Australian sun and get a little exercise, and also to exercise my brain a bit. A few things are going on here in Melbourne.
I wish I could attend this panel discussion on the “Science and God: Incompatible?”, just because it’s stacked with Christian apologists who will no doubt be annoyingly superficial, and because it was the topic of my lecture at the GAC (my answer: yes. Incompatible, irreconcilable, and dear sweet baby Jebus, keep your superstitions away from the grownups). It’s at the St James Conference Centre, 12 Batman St, West Melbourne, tonight at 8.
I’m skipping it, though, because I’d rather attend a lecture by Craig Venter tonight, at 6 in the Melbourne Convention Center. Evidence-based reasoning always wins over old farts exercising in wishful thinking in a church.
And tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, I’m going to try and drop in on the University of Melbourne Secular Society’s dissection of creationism and specifically of Ray Comfort’s bad introduction to the Origin. That’s at 1:00 in Theatre 4, the Alan Gilbert Building.
I’m spending my weekend in Canberra, and I will be giving a talk to Skeptics in the Pub at 12:00 on Saturday, in King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 131 City Walk. I haven’t quite decided what I’ll be talking about yet, though — I’ll probably sort that out on the plane on Friday.