Glad you couldn’t make it

I just got back from our Cafe Scientifique meeting, and it was a fabulous success: attendance was over 60 (which is why I’m glad you couldn’t make it — it was standing room only as it was) and we had a good representative sampling of the Morris community.


I don’t know what the secret of drawing everyone in was. We did make much flashier signs this month, but also the topic might have been it: Carrie Eberle from the USDA lab in town gave a talk on foraging crops for bees that hit the sweet spot in appealing to farmers, gardeners, science people, and everyone who likes honey. And it was a very good talk.


  1. says

    That is a lot of people for a town the size of Morris. Wikipedia says the population of the town is about 5300, so 60 is a pretty significant fraction of the population, though I suppose some may live outside of Morris itself. Still very impressive, I do not remember the meetings in Vancouver being that size.

  2. atheistblog says

    Why everyone is Grandma and Grandpa like PZ ? No younglings ?! So Pharyngula’s majority audience are aged PZ and above I suppose.

  3. atheistblog says

    And did I say there is a wonderful mix of people of color and ethnicity in PZ cafe meeting ? This give an idea of who’s PZ’s majority audience are.

  4. David Marjanović says

    atheistblog, are you trolling again?

    I’m writing this from Germany. It was seven o’clock a few minutes ago – in the evening.

  5. ChasCPeterson says

    This give an idea of who’s PZ’s majority audience are.

    No it do not
    It give an idea of who’s Morris Minnesota resident’s is.

  6. David Marjanović says

    ^ You’re great at learning grammar. If the job market weren’t even worse in linguistics than in biology, I’d say give it a try… :-)

  7. says

    Did you read the post where I sait it was a representative sampling of the Morris community? About a third of the attendees were roughly college- age, about a third were gray-haired, and the rest were in between. That’s about as diverse as a small rural Midwestern town can be.

    Oh, also, not all white — there were 4 or 5 Hispanic gentlemen there, as well.