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Thank you Dr. Price and John W. Loftus

Posted by JD on August 8, 2008

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Price for speaking for our group last night. I found it interesting and amusing, just like I do all of his stuff. I also wanted to thank John Loftus for taping a few episodes of our Enlightenment Show with Dr. Price. It is our best stuff yet. They are both setting the bar really high for us to try to keep getting fascinating and wonderful people to talk to our group. But hey, that’s what this group’s all about. I mean, when I think of what it is that would make me want to join a group like this, or even contribute to it myself, I think about the things I would want out of it.

I want engaging speakers that make us think about a myriad of things. So far, I’ve met two men and their lovely counterparts that I’ve already felt I’ve known a little from their books and blogs, and podcasts. I couldn’t ask for more and I’m looking forward to what’s in store for later.

I want local friends that I feel at ease with almost immediately. This isn’t normally an easy thing for me to find. This is probably my fault more than anything else. But I’ve never felt so completely at ease in such a large group of people before and it is refreshing. I told my wife after the meeting and pub last night about how therapeutic this whole experience has been for me. I look forward to reading our blog every day and am probably responsible for 2000 of the over 10,000(!) visits to our site to date. Alright, maybe not quite 2000, but it sure feels like it!

I also wanted to thank everybody that was able to make it last night. You all helped make it our biggest function to date, and I’m starting to sense a kind of group identity with our many varied and intriguing members. I felt bad because every time we have one of our meetings I can’t spend enough time with everybody and my attention goes in 10 different directions trying to take it all in. I guess that’s what the blog is for though. I had such a fun time last night that I ended up having a great roaming discussion with a couple of first timers I know well until almost 4:30 in the morning! It made my 11 hour work day go a little slower today, but it was worth it!

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2 Responses to “Thank you Dr. Price and John W. Loftus”

  1. agnohumanist said

    Theo, I couldn’t agree more! I especially liked your comment about how therapeutic the meetings and events are. It is so refreshing to be with a group of people around whom I can really say what’s on my mind and not worry about offending anyone or being demonized for holding heretical views (Read: Thinking for myself). I feel bad that I’ve missed two meetings this summer and may have to miss next week’s also. But count on me for the one in September and as many as I can make thereafter. I look forward to getting to know fellow members better and helping the organization as much as I can.

  2. Butter said

    I agree that having meetings and events of freethinkers like this is its own kind of catharsis. I really hope the organization takes root and continues to have public lectures and other events.

    Price was a bit of a disappointment, though. Leaving aside his soft spot for religions whose historical and metaphysical truth claims he admits are bunk (fueled no doubt by that “biographical inertia” that keeps his career rolling), he didn’t really offer any insights into the histories or MOs of these pop mysticisms that he was supposed to be telling us about. Instead of Penn-and-Teller-esque exposés about their purveyors, we got a glimpse of some weird curiosity he apparently has about people who are obvious frauds. And he rambled around no clear thesis except a muddled moderation that naively wants to meet the faithful and the woo purveyors halfway, when halfway is actually still in crazy town.

    Is his book more substantive than this? If so, his speech wasn’t a good advertisement for it.

    If I may be allowed to blogwhore, I posted an essay about the lecture at Buttered Waffles.

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