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P.Z. Myers: Complexity and Creationism

Biologist speaks on the role of complexity in evolution.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Embarcadero Hall, Embarcadero del Norte and Seville Rd., Isla Vista, CA

Cost: Free

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Lectures

Description:

PZ Myers, a heavyweight in the online blog ecosystem, will be speaking at UCSB on the 20th of January.
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/01/california_madness.php

Myers is an Associate Professor at University of Minnesota, Morris, and has been a blogging leader, award winner, and heavy traffic generator for years at his website Pharyngula. A biologist by trade, his site follows his personal interests, with science, politics, evolution, and atheism common themes and rants.

He achieved quite a bit of YouTube “fame” in 2008 by staging a “the desecration of the Eucharist” (the original has been removed from YouTube, but here is a rehash of what occurred http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmgdZH0uIxQ) which involved eating a cracker.

He is one of the big draws on the “atheist” lecture circuit – along with Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett – as he speaks well on the topic and has the benefit of a thorough scientific knowledge of biology’s major tool, evolution.

He has a preternatural fascination with squid and octopi.

The presentation will start promptly at 7pm and will be followed by Question and Answer session. Come early to get a good seat, as we are expected to fill up Embarcadero Hall.

Hosted by Scientific Understanding and Reason Enrichment (SURE) at UC Santa Barbara.

Secular Students webpage

7:00-9:00 pm, Embarcadero Hall. Admission is free but seating is first-come, first-seated.

Event posted Jan. 19, 2010
Last updated Jan. 20, 2010

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