The Centre for Rational Thought, & Humanist Canada present…

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2016 Speaker lineup

  • A.C. Grayling
  • Julia Sweeney
  • Michael Shermer
  • Brian Dalton
  • Ali A. Rizvi
  • Andy Thomson
  • Nickell
  • Christopher DiCarlo
  • Margaret Downey
  • G. Schmidt
  • Kelly Carlin
  • Elizabeth Loftus

What others are saying

  • INR conferences are wonderful relaxed opportunities to hear a great set of speakers with a schedule that provides that rare treat: ample time for lectures and questions, followed by opportunities for discussion with a wonderfully diverse crowd of interested and interesting people.  The organization is meticulous, and speakers and audience members are taken care of with respect and generosity from the moment of arrival until the moment of departure.

    Lawrence Krauss
  • I've been fortunate to be a speaker at many conventions, but Bill, Kathy and the folks behind Imagine No Religion consistently make everyone - speakers and attendees - feel that they're part of something truly special; because they are. Great people, great talks and great fun! I only wish I'd been able to attend every year. It's just that good.
    Matt Dillahunty
  • As a speaker, INR3 was a terrific experience. Kamloops is lovely. The organizers are just that — organized. And the atmosphere is one of tremendous intellectual curiosity and warmth. In essence, I was treated like a god.

    Brian DaltonMr. Deity
  • I have attended numerous conferences over the past three decades often feeling they were a waste of time.  I arrived at Kamloops, BC, as one of the invited presenters, with great hesitation and apprehension.  A conference titled “Imagine No Religion 3.

    I left this event in awe because this event turned out to be a time of learning and reflection in a relaxed and nurturing environment.  Presentation by renowned experts was one reason.  The spontaneous small group discussions on varied topics were another, where no topic was off limits.

    Bill and Kathy Ligertwood, the organizers of the conference, have managed to surround themselves with a legion of volunteers and made each attendee welcome.  They all succeeded in creating an informal, relaxing atmosphere where gayety, the sharing of knowledge, laughter and back slapping melted into serious discussions such as “What can we all do to eliminate Violence against Women”.   My presentation on honour based violence fit well into the overall agenda.  I met some wonderful people and left the conference feeling that I had made a lot of friends.

    Aruna Papp
  • It's been an amazing couple days, met some amazing people and had a wonderful time. I really loved the intimate feel of the conference. If I had a small contribution to everybody having a good time I am very happy about it. I for one was really impressed with how varied the talks were and with how friendly and down to earth everyone was. I want to thank you again for giving me this opportunity and putting up with all the drama of me getting there. I hope I mingled to your satisfaction.

    I am heading to Vancouver right now to see some of your beautiful country, but keep in touch I'll be home at the end of the month. This was really amazing, I am very happy I got to meet you and hope to see you again sometime.

    Cristina Rad
  • I have attended many psychiatric seminars and humanist conferences over the decades and I have no hesitation to say that the conference Imagine No Religion 3 in Kamloops was the best. Since it was an informal conference and we had ample time to meet each other I had a rare opportunity to have in depth dialogues with speakers like Taslima Nasrin and Brian Dalton. It was inspiring for me to listen to the stories of fellow atheists and agnostics, freethinkers and humanists who have been offering sacrifices for their ideals. I was approached by so many strangers who wanted to ask me questions about my journey from Islam to Secular Humanism. I feel confident that if you continue with your annual meetings Kamloops would be known for Imagine No Religion Conferences all over the world. Please extend my thanks to all your friends especially Kathy and Tom for their hospitality and generosity of spirit. Keep up the good work. I am sending you the summary of my presentation.
    Dr. K. Sohail
  • I had a wonderful experience at INR5. Everything was close to perfect: the airport pickup, the hotel, the food, the conference room, the AV support, the schedule, the number and the quality of speakers and the time allotted to each. They even sold all the books I brought to the book table. Bill Ligertwood was a perfect host and an expert conference organizer. I was delighted to hear new things from speakers I had heard before and new speakers I had never even heard of, and I enjoyed meeting and talking to the attendees. I honestly can’t think of any suggestions for improvement. 

    Dr. Harriet Hall
  • INR is exceptional among the many atheist and skeptics meetings held every year. It is meticulously organized with just the right mixture of talks by academics, activists, and internet celebrities, along with entertainment. There is ample opportunity for schmoozing with the other speakers and attendees, who are among the most intelligent you will find at this kind of meeting. I also found the topics were more serious than some recent meetings I have attended, which were taken over by radicals promoting agenda than had nothing to do with atheism.
    “The Late” Victor Stenger
  • I knew the Imagine No Religion conference would be an event to remember, not to mention a lot of fun, nor was I disappointed. The single thing that struck me most powerfully was that, despite a disparity of opinions on various topics, the speakers and attendees formed one big, happy crew! It was a delight to meet in person various leaders, scholars, podcasters, etc., whose works I had read and who had interviewed me. Instant friendships! What a cast of characters! And, as always, it was a great treat and privilege to enter into conversation with the attendees, learning of their journeys, experiences, and concerns. And to embarrass them one more time, I am amazed and grateful to Bill and Kathy for their Herculean work putting these things together!

    Robert Price
  • To my mind, INR is the best "nonbelief" meeting going.  There are great speakers, they are given enough time to speak expansively and answer questions, the audience is curious and smart, and the schedule relaxed enough to permit plenty of interaction and discussion. It's a happy mixture of science, secularism, and philosophy. Don't miss it! 

    Jerry Coyne