PZ Myers: Complexity and Creationism
Where: Main Quad Building 420 (Jordan Hall), room 041
Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics (AHA!) at Stanford presents a guest lecture by “the celebrated scientific blogwit” P.Z. Myers. Professor Myers teaches biology at the University of Minnesota at Morris and is an outspoken critic of intelligent design and creationism. His blog, Pharyngula, receives over two million visits a month, and has been ranked by Nature magazine as the top blog written a scientist. In 2009 he was recognized as Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association.
P.Z. Myers has had numerous encounters with creationists of all flavors. He received widespread media attention when he was asked to leave a screening of the film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, in which he appears (having been interviewed under the pretense of a different film project). His guest for the evening, Richard Dawkins, was allowed to remain and watch the film.
In August 2009, Myers joined the Secular Student Alliance in a visit to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY, where nearly 300 freethinkers met to view creationist ideas first-hand. He then delivered the keynote presentation at the SSA’s 2009 conference, where he discussed hands-on ways to counter creationism and other pseudoscience.
This event is made possible by the Secular Student Alliance Speakers Bureau, the Graduate Student Council, and the ASSU Undergraduate Senate.
You can also watch P.Z.’s keynote speech at the SSA conference this summer.