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AAI Copenhagen 2010: P.Z. Myers - Speaking truth to absurdity [1/4]

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Uploaded on Aug 10, 2010

Speaking truth to absurdity: Why science education needs vocal atheists.

P.Z. Myers has been told many times that atheists are scary, and that they frighten moderate god-believers away from science ... and that it would be better to mute the expression of their views on religion in order to promote science, rather than godlessness. However, that atheism is a product of an honest appreciation of the evidence, of the logic of science, and of the folly of magical and superstitious thinking.

The reason that atheists need to speak out even more loudly is that it is the only view that is true to the science, and that serves an even greater mission than science education: the encouragement of critical thinking in all matters in the populace. Besides, religion is just plain goofy.

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About P.Z. Myers:

Prof. Paul Zachary Myers works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). A selfavowed godless liberal and outspoken atheist, he is a vocal skeptic of all forms of religion, superstition, spirituality and pseudoscience.

He is quoted as having "nothing but contempt for Intelligent Design", arguing that it is "fundamentally dishonest". In 2009 Myers was named the American Humanist Association's Humanist of the Year.
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P.Z.Myers on the web:
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/

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