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What others are saying
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
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
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
Imagine No Religion stands out among the many (wonderful) conventions, and I think it's partially because Bill and Kathy Ligertwood have the pulse of the attendees and speakers. There's plenty of information, but there's also humor, heart, storytelling and a real connection with the audience. There are no lulls on the schedule. No "meh" items on the roster. And INR maintains a Quality Over Quantity vibe, realizing that the audience wants to be engaged without being overwhelmed. I also see INR as an event which respects the time and pocketbooks of its attendees, providing a premier conference value without becoming cost-prohibitively exclusive. That's a tough balance, but Bill, Kathy and the INR crew pull it off. Finally, the conference staff (and many in attendance) have become dear friends, and my connection with these wonderful people may never have happened without Imagine No Religion. It's truly an honor to have been a part of iT.Seththe Thinking Atheist
I had the time of my life at INR3. I felt like I had come home to family after decades in the wilderness. I told my wife, "I haven't had that much fun since my honeymoon."
The conference was so, so well run--for that I thank you. The presentations were fascinating. At one point I had to literally go back to my room, lay down, and stare at the ceiling due to information overload.Peter Boghossian
The convention at Kamloops was extraordinary in how lively and engaged the attendees were and the diversity and quality of the talks given. As a speaker, my most common problem is technical, and have to say the techs were a pleasure to work with and everything went smoothly for everyone the whole weekend. The audience was age and gender diverse and there were plenty of groovy folks to drink with in the evening. And I have to say, the food served (for lunches, shared by all, and dinners, for speakers and VIPs) was quite delicious and abundant. I spent nothing out of pocket to eat! It's an excellent little mecca to come to and enjoy the company of nonbelievers from all over this side of the globe. You've got to go at least once!Carrier
- 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
Yet another wonderful INR. Great people. Exceptionally well run event. And a profound sense of community. I'm already looking forward to next year.Peter Boghossian
Imagine No Religion 3 was a remarkably contentful and exciting event. Almost every talk was really excellent and none were bad, and—a rarity at such conferences—I would guess that almost everybody attended almost all the talks. A sea of intensely interested happy faces, reacting constructively and intelligently to everything. There was no down side. The food was better than I had anticipated.Dan Dennett
- 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