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The Pharyngula with PZ Myers

March 25, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


PZ Myers presents The Pharyngula: How Ontogeny and Phylogeny Have Been Tangled from vonBaer to Evo-Devo, with Awkward Detours to Haeckel and Creationism.

For those of you out there who are not extremely science savvy – please don’t be frightened by this event’s title! PZ is an experienced educator and will provide an informative lecture that can be enjoyed by all attendees.

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Embryology contains an important body of facts in support of evolution. These facts have had a complicated history, however; they’ve been used in service of several theories, but so far, only evolutionary biology adequately explains the full body of evidence. Lately, creationists have been abusing the evidence and making false claims about that evidence. PZ Myers will review the history of the concept of conserved morphology in early embryos, and expose some of the current dishonesty being circulated by agents of the Discovery Institute.

About PZ Myers, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Minnesota

Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers is a professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris. He is the author of the popular science blog Pharyngula (http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/). His blog has been honored as the “top-ranked blog written by a scientist” by Nature magazine. 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. Myers is a public critic of intelligent design and the creationist movement and is active in promoting and defending evolution.  In addition, Myers is an unabashed “godless liberal”, a vocal skeptic, questioning religion, superstition, spirituality and pseudoscience.