CFI-DC Presents PZ Myers: The Happy Atheist
- Sunday, September 8th 2013 at 2:00 pm
- Sunday, September 8th 2013 at 4:00 pm
- GWU Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052 (Foggy Bottom Metro)
This event is co-sponsored with the GW Secular Society
“I’m an atheist swimming in a sea of superstition, surrounded by well-meaning, good people with whom I share a culture and similar concerns, and there’s only one thing I can do. I have to laugh.” —PZ Myers
In this funny and fearless book, Myers takes on the religious fanaticism of our times with the gleeful disrespect it deserves, skewering the apocalyptic fantasies, magical thinking, hypocrisies, and pseudoscientific theories advanced by religious fundamentalists of all stripes. With a healthy appreciation of the absurd, Myers not only pokes fun at the ridiculous tenets of popular religions but also highlights how the persistence of Stone Age superstitions can have dark consequences: interfering with our politics, slowing our scientific progress, and limiting freedom in our culture.
PZ Myers is a professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He was named Humanist of the Year in 2009 by the American Humanist Association and received the International Humanist Award in 2011 from the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He has lectured throughout the world on biology, evolution, atheism, and skepticism. Awards Pharyngula has received include the 2006 Weblog Award for Best Science Blog and the 2005 Koufax Award for Best Expert Blog. In 2006, the journal Nature listed Pharyngula as the top-ranked blog by a scientist.
The program will be followed by a book signing.
Free and open to the public (Registration required).
- Public Admission + The Happy Atheist book: $24
- Friends of the Center Admission + The Happy Atheist book: $22
Copies of The Happy Atheist purchased in advance will be available for pick-up at the registration table. Copies will also be on sale at the event.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.