By Barney Zwartz
September 21, 2011
via The Age
TICKETS are selling fast to what organisers say will be the most significant atheist gathering in history next April, when the “four horsemen of the apocalypse” share a stage for the first time.
The four horsemen are the world’s most famous atheists – scientist Richard Dawkins, philosophers Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris and journalist Christopher Hitchens – who will speak at the second Global Atheist Convention at the Melbourne Convention Centre.
“I don’t think this convention will ever be repeated. You will never get these speakers together again,” said organiser David Nicholls, president of the Australian Atheist Foundation, yesterday.
He said tickets were marching out the door, despite being on sale for only three weeks and not being advertised yet.
“We haven’t done any advertising outside the atheist community because so many atheists missed out last year, and were angry with us.”
Already more three-day tickets have been sold for the April 13-15 convention than the 1500 for the 2010 event.
Richard Dawkins was the only “horseman” last year. Other speakers on the program include philosopher Peter Singer, former US evangelist Dan Barker, US activist Annie Laurie Gaylor and local comedian Lawrence Leung, among others.