Monday, March 21, 2011
There is going to be a great line up for this event. If you can make it it would be greatly worth your time. I am not sure if I can yet. But if I can I sure will.
Here are some of the speakers, remember have your questions ready after they talk, you don't get to ask question in church,
Blair Scott, he is a really nice guy with American Atheists;
Darell Ray, author of The God Virus,
Richard Carrier, historian, I got to talk with him after his lecture in Springfield, really nice guy;
David Fitzgerald, He is with San Fransisco Atheist and the Center for Inquiry
JT Eberhard, I actally stayed at his apartment during Skepticon. He had a nice hotel room. Anyway he is bercoming a very prominate member of the atheist movement.
Sam Singleton, Atheist Evangelist, We had a nice conversation but sadly more desire to talk than time to do it in.
Plus you will have a change to meet all kinds of cool people from around the country. Who know by the time some more people may be there to speak. Be sure that there will be some people there to protest and bitch and moan about how horrible using your mind is and not walking by faith.
Which brings me to my final comment. There was a video of a blind woman walking into a subway station and then falling onto the tracks. Several people helped her and signaled the train to stop.
When asked how she felt about the help she received she said that GOD used the people to rescue her. I think God would have been much more compassionate if he would have stopped her from falling onto the tracks. Or even better had her not be blind to begin with.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Some notable people that I have seen or have interacted with over my life. [in no particular order] This doesn't include any concerts of personal speaking engagements to a group unless I had some direct contact with the person. The list is not exhaustive.The last part refers to how I interacted with them.
James Randi – author, Flim Flam, Leading skeptic and magician, originator of $1,000,000 challenge, meal in Springfield, MO
Kathleen Sebelius – former Kansas Insurance Commissioner and Governor, Secretary of Health and Human Services - KSNT-TV
D. J. Grothe – head of JREF and well known skeptical podcaster for “Point of Inquiry” and now “ For Good Reason” Same place, St. Louis Skeptical meetup, Michael Dowd event
Micheal Dowd – author, Thank God For Evolution - Lecture at Unitarian Church, St. Louis
Rebecca Watson – internationally known skeptical podcaster and speaker - Springfield, MO
Sam Singleton – The Atheist Evangelist, Springfield, MO, e-mail Facebook
Victor Stenger – Professor, University of Colorado, Center for Inquiry, author, God The Failed Hypothesis - meal, Springfield, MO
J.T Eberhart – Flying Spaghetti Monster, Missouri State University, Co-organizer of Skepticon - Stayed at his apartment
|P.Z. Myers in Springfield, MO|
John Schlitt – singer, Head East, Petra, musician, Christian Speaker - Concert [twice], Life Christian Center, St. Louis, MO
Geoff Moore – Contemporary Christian Musician - after concert, Norman, OK
Ron Dryden – Senior pastor, Cathedral of Praise World Outreach Center, Oklahoma City, OK, new members class, worked at KOKF owned by Dryden
|Best selling book by Richard Dawkins.|
Abigal Smith - graduate student in Oklahoma studying the evolution of viruses, especially retroviruses, and how that evolution impacts our health - Evolution debate, Yukon, OK
Jen Peeples - aerospace engineer, former military test pilot, and foxhole atheist - Pridefest, Austin, TX
Don Baker – computer scientist with an interest in evolutionary biology and the nascent science of memetics - Pridefest, Austin, TX
Bob Saget – American stand-up comedian, actor, and television host - KDNL-TV
Jerome Bettis – retired American football halfback who played for the NFL's Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers – KDNL-TV
Bill Clinton – Former President of The United States of America - [twice] Topeka, KS, Oklahoma City, OK
Barack Obama – President of The United States of America - Several times, St. Louis, MO
Claire McCaskill – U.S. Senator, Missouri - Speaking, Victory Party
Russ Carnahan – U.S. Congressman , Missouri – Interview, speech
Fred Phelps – ex-lawyer, Reverend, founder of Westboro Baptist Church - Shawnee County Jail
Nate Phelps – estranged son of Fred Phelps - Clayton High School
|Former father-in-law, Steve Abrams|
Sam Brownback – former U.S Congressman and U.S. Senator; current Kansas Governor interview KSNT-TV, KWCH-TV
Todd Tiahrt – former U.S. Congressman from Kansas - KWCH-TV interview
Henry Hyde – U.S. Congressman-Illinois, interview, KWCH-TV
Joan Finney – First female governor of Kansas - WIBW-TV
Ray Preston – reporter, KMOV-TV - Worked with
Andy Banker – reporter, KTVI-TV - Worked with
Mary Fallin – former Lt. Governor and current Oklahoma Governor - interview, pictures
Joel Olsten – famous pastor from Texas - photos, events
Bob Dole – Former U.S. Senator-Kansas, Former Republican Presidential Canidate - picture with
Dan Baker – Former pastor, musician, president of FFRF - Springfield, MO
Richard Carrier – Historian, author, philosopher - Springfield, MO
Joe Nickell – paranormal investigator - Springfield, MO
Debbie Goddard – Center for Inquiry - Springfield, MO
John Corvino – writer, Moral activist with LGBT, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan - Springfield, MO
|Steve "Jake" Jacobs and I; Mr. Wizard?|
Todd Barber – JPL, NASA, California Institute of Technology, Saturn's Cassini mission, Mar's Rovers - mutual friend of my best friend
Stephen Curtis Chapman – Contemporary Christian Singer, Springfield, MO, St. Louis, MO