PZ Myers and Richard Carrier to speak at MSU

Published October 7th, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

This saturday: JT Eberhard of the Missouri State University chapter of the Church of the FSM has arranged for biologist PZ Myers and author Richard Carrier to speak at MSU.

Please come if you can! We’d like a huge turnout.

Here’s the press release:

PZ Myers and Richard Carrier to speak at Missouri State University.

Oct. 11th at 1:00pm in the PSU Theater on the Missouri State campus.

901 S. National
Springfield, Mo

Biologist PZ Myers and author Richard Carrier will speak about how their related fields apply to Christianity and faith in general.

PZ Myers:

Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers is a Biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris and the author of the science blog Pharyngula. He is currently an associate professor of biology at UMM, works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), and also cultivates an interest in cephalopods. He is a public critic of intelligent design and of the creationist movement in general, and is an activist in the American creation-evolution controversy.

Richard Carrier:

Richard Carrier is a published Historian and philosopher. He is the author of “Sense and Goodness Without God,” though he is best known for his writings on Internet Infidels (otherwise known as the Secular Web), where he served as Editor-in-Chief for several years. He is a noted advocate of metaphysical naturalism. He has published many articles in books, journals, and magazines, and also features on the documentary film “The God Who Wasn’t There” where he is interviewed about his doubts on the historicity of Jesus.

Besides his work in print, as a contributor to the Secular Web (one of the main web sites for skeptics on the internet) Richard Carrier has composed research articles on subjects ranging from the origins of Christianity to elements of naturalist and atheist philosophy. He has also engaged in several formal debates, both online and in public, defending subjects as diverse as naturalism as a worldview and natural explanations of early Christian resurrection accounts.

17 Responses to “PZ Myers and Richard Carrier to speak at MSU”

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  1. Fogey says:

    Wish I could be there!

  2. A.Gweeok says:

    For those that can not travel to attend is there anyone willing to broadcast live via webcast or possibly record for a later web viewing so we can all enoy?

  3. JT Eberhard says:

    Yeah, I’ve got a professional company filming it. :D It’ll be on youtube and possibly available on DvD.


  4. agni says:

    If I could be there!

  5. Yngve says:

    I couldn’t help but noticing the wording depicting the role of the inaity that is creationism or “ID”. It says “the American creation-evolution controversy”. And yes, it’s an Amreican phenomenon.
    Living in Norway I cannot think of any other western country that even has a hint of the so-called controversy you people have over there.
    Sadly we’ve got our share of woo though…
    Anyhow, would’ve loved to be there, but I’m aiming for TAM 09 and maybe a Galapogean journey. Cheers people!

  6. featheredfrog says:

    Hi. Above the cut you say you’ll be “will be speaking in Springfield on Saturday afternoon,”

    You do know that there is at least one Springfield in every state, don’t you?

  7. Jan van Niekerk says:

    Hey! This looks like the wrong place to put hate mail! Oh well, you can’t always win.

    You have made a remarkable parody of a religion that has no factual basis. This is the straw man argument. It is amazing how full of straw your straw man is. I think those noodly appendages are straw too. How clever and insightful you folks must be, to construct such a pirated load of straw! How easy and simply it is shown to be insubstantial and devoid of truth. Even the meat balls have no meat. But where oh where will we find a religion with no factual basis, no documentary support, but only heaps and heaps of data, massaged by the faithful as if it fits the doctrine? A belief with millions of enthusiastic supporters who cannot see that it is false, empty and useless. You think mine? I think yours.

  8. CindyB says:

    Well Jan, if you want to believe that some guy was born of a virgin, that’s okay. So many pagan religions have done it before you, so nothing new there. But if anyone’s interested, I went to the Freedom From Religion Convention in Chicago last weekend and so many people recognized the logo on my FSM t-shirt. I was blessed by His Noodly Appendage by fellow Pastafarians several times. Goes to show you that atheists have a sense of humor, which the Christians apparently never ever had (or they lost it a very long time ago). Sad.

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