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 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • I have spoken at each of the five Imagine No Religion conferences and I have to say that every year, they have somehow gotten increasingly better. I’m not sure how they do it, but Bill and Kathy manage to invite speakers who attract the types of people who greatly appreciate the thought-provoking ideas and close connection one has come to expect from such a gathering of minds. Despite the growing numbers of attendees and the changing venues, INR has managed to maintain a close and personal connection between the speakers and the attendees. INR has quickly become the go-to event for secular thought in North America.
    Christopher Dicarlo
  • 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 was honored to attend the ImagineNoReligion3 conference. I was particularly honored because I watched the vast majority of speeches at the conference and the quality of speakers stood out. Indeed there were several speakers who I had not heard of before that struck me as having new and substantive contributions to make. This conference does not have the "been there, done that" quality of some conferences.

    Sean Faircloth
  • 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