Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

PZ Myers: An Atheist’s Insight

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

PZ Myers
Media Library, Science

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From the mind behind the popular science blog “Pharyngula” comes a new collection on life, creationism, and his no-holds-barred criticisms of God. The Happy Atheist ridicules religious fundamentalists, offering PZ Myers’ perspective on what he says are the many hypocrisies, inventions, and “magical thinking” behind faith. Just like his blog (which contains “evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal”) Myers’ book presents his beliefs on science and reason — and describes the negative effects of popular religion on progress, cultural freedom, and politics. Myers is a Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU.
Learn more: Listen to Myers’ talk on “Science and Atheism: Natural Allies.”

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  1. Posted April 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Welcome to the West Coast, Dr. Myers! During your presentation, perhaps you might explain how certain postmodernist concepts you promulgate — such as Patriarchy, Rape Culture, Privilege, and the notion that sex differences have only cultural, but no genetic or ontological, causes — differ from religious dogma. For they, too, are either unfalsifiable or conflict with solid scientific evidence. And, like many religious leaders, you also declare questioning of your positions heresy, while heaping crude invectives upon those who do question.

    I only wish I could attend this event, to hear the pot call the kettle ‘black.’

  2. Billy the Fish
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    $5 admission is way too much to hear the deranged preachings of the “crappy atheist”.

  3. allison
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Myers is an embarrassment to atheists everywhere. While he is correct to criticize fundamentalist Christianity he has hitched his wagon to his own brand of fundamentalism – radical feminism.

  4. William
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    In the past year Myers has been contacted by three separate attorneys each representing a different party, twice for libel, and once for inciting his students to suppress and harass a student group on his campus.

  5. Micky TC
    Posted April 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I will say this about The Happy Atheist: It was a lot more comfortable and far more absorbent than Snooki’s autobiography.

  6. Rick Dawkins, PI
    Posted April 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    And pray that there’s intelligent thought somewhere up in space,
    ‘Cause PZ shows there’s bugger all on Earth!

    • Posted May 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

      Life getting you down, Mrs. Brown?

  7. Iconoclast
    Posted April 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Billy, I think you mean the “copy pastiest.” Is Myers actually going to show up and give a talk, or is he just going to send an old YouTube clip of an earlier one and pretend that’s what he promised all along?

  8. Posted April 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    “and his no-holds-barred criticisms of God”

    And of people who don’t fit into his narrow political views. And people who disagree with him. And people he doesn’t like just because. And people some friends of his have accused of something or other without any evidence. And, mostly, people who aren’t him, or an ideological copy of himself.

    Thanks but no thanks, I’ll pass.

  9. Easy J
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    So I’m having PZ myers represent me as an atheist in public again? No, thanks. I’d rather be a Christian with the late Fred Phelps as the public face of my demographic.

  10. Dave
    Posted April 26, 2014 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Hi there PZ

    As a self-acknowledged expert in neuroscience can you provide any insights into how consideration of our natural history might help explain congenital prosopagnosia?

    I’m leaning towards a discrete functional element of the brain’s operation (I believe those who adopt the parlance of cognitive psychology call this sort of thing a ‘module’) associated with (but not necessarily confined within or exclusive to) the fusiform area. This being demonstrable (beyond reasonable objection) through consideration of the common architectural anomalies of those with the condition, and backed up by neuroimaging studies demonstrating that the recognition of faces differs to that of objects and apparently utilizes the brain’s Ventral System.

    Would you like to speculate on the possible adaptive value of such a module, and maybe recommend some books to those of us who’d like to know more about this sort of thing? (No need to point me to anything by the omnipresent Pinker – I think we can both agree he’s an overexposed boor).

    Many Thanks and Keep Up the Good Work!


  11. E. Schrödinger
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    “Reading the Bible is the fast track to atheism” – Penn Jillette.

    “Reading PZ Myers is the fast track to facepalm” – Richard Dawkins.

    Seriously folks, take your $5 and give it to a homeless person instead. You’ll feel much better for it.

  12. Eisen Von Raach
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Will Professor Myers be sexually harassing nervous female audience members by asking that they copulate with him? Or will he be using his platform to trigger abuse victims in order to show what a good feminist he is?

  13. MosesZD
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Myers is lecturing on Magical Thinking? This is the man that publicly turned his back on the Skeptic Movement and has publicly embraced Post-Modernism (a form of magical thinking) while endorsing many ‘social justice’ concepts that are not only contradicted by science, but are clearly magical thinking (radical feminism, etc.).

    Why not cut to the chase and hire someone dressed as Santa Clause to give a talk on magical thinking? At least it’d be amusing.

  14. D. van Dyke
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Anyone attending this event should probably film the entire proceeding lest you be accused of being a rapist or sexual harasser by PZ himself.

  15. Posted April 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Come on Guys, lighten up won’t you? PZ Myers has got plenty of good qualities hasn’t he? He stands up for feminism, and no one has done more to raise awareness of the problem of trolling. If you naysayers had half his courage you would still be nothing but weaselly shrews.

    Would love to be there, but my transatlantic flight is not due in until June 6th. If I can get it rescheduled I am going to make this a date.

  16. Endorkened
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Don’t let this cavalcade of drooling AnCap primitives turn you off, folks. Real atheists–as opposed to people who SAY they don’t worship Yahweh but ACT exactly like Iron Age barbarians–are firmly on the side of basic human decency. Also, we don’t stop using logic and critical thought just because we run out of creationists, 9/11 truthers, and other low-hanging fruit.

  17. MarkD
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Wow. And in this comment area everybody not involved in this can see exactly why PZ Myers does what he does. The hostile commenters make his point before he even says anything.

    Atheism is rife with people that would like nothing better than to effectively exclude women and keep it as a bunch of guys sitting around saying there is no gender based societal problems from religion that we deal with while at the same time denouncing religion for everything else *but* that.

    Social justice is “magical and contradicted by science”? REALLY? Better get rid of it then! *facepalm*

  18. EdmondWherever
    Posted June 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Yay! What a fun show! Thanks for a wonderful evening, PZ. Witty, irreverent, and insightful as always. The crowd was remarkably older, too, which was a nice surprise. But still, dildos! Hah, I LOL’d!

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