Oklahoma Freethought Conference this weekend

Posted: June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

I’ll be covering FreeOK, Oklahoma’s freethought conference, this Saturday at the Cox Convention Center in OKC, starting at 9:00 a.m.

FreeOK

For those wondering what freethought means, here is the definition given on the FreeOK event guide on their website.

freethought (frE ·THôt) n. – a philosophical viewpoint that holds opinions should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism and not authority, tradition, or other dogmas. The cognitive application of freethought is known as “freethinking”, and practitioners of freethought are known as “freethinkers.”

The freethought community mostly consists of atheists, agnostics, secular humanists and other non-religious people.

The speaker lineup is pretty amazing. The keynote is Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and the author of numerous popular books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. Those are probably his most popular titles, but I’m much more interested in his book on Richard Feynman, Quantum Man.

I’m a fan of Krauss. He regularly appears on Science Friday on NPR. I’m about to start reading A Universe from Nothing for various reasons including that it is the next non-fiction title in my book club, I’m working on a talk that is critical of some of Krauss’ statements on the merits of contemporary philosophy, and I’m interested in reading him.

Another prominent national figure that will be appearing is Jamila Bey. She is a journalist, radio host and blogger. She’s written for the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others.

I’m also very much looking forward to seeing what Dale McGowan has to say. McGowan recently authored Atheism for Dummies, which I’m actually planning on picking up after hearing an interview with the author recently. Dale is most famous for his books Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers. He’ll be covering those topics in his talk and in a four-hour workshop on Sunday. I plan on covering the workshop as well.

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