April 17, 2015
The big Reason for Change conference in Buffalo is coming soon (June 11–15 to be exact), but for a lot of us it’s not soon enough. We knew we would need something to help tide over the community of skeptics and humanists who are eagerly anticipating the big event, an international gathering featuring such luminaries as Rebecca Goldstein, Susan Jacoby, Richard Dawkins, Michael Specter, Eugenie Scott, and many others. Luckily, we have just the thing!
Lindsay Beyerstein spoke to Phil Zuckerman, who is among the world’s leading experts in the field of secular studies and author of the acclaimed new book Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions. Zuckerman discusses his eye-opening discoveries as he sought out to learn more about the real lives of the nonreligious, of whom “organized atheists” are only a tiny fraction. Zuckerman will be at Reason for Change, but while you wait to see him in person, check out this conversation here.
Also, Point of Inquiry’s producer Nora Hurley has a funny and revealing chat with skeptic comedian Leighann Lord, who will be performing her stand-up act at the conference’s Friday night awards banquet. Lord speaks frankly about her life as a comic, how comedy can open the door to real conversation about hot-button topics, and how approaches to skepticism and comedy are actually not so different. See Leighann Lord perform her comedy at Reason for Change, but learn more about how it all comes together on Point of Inquiry.