Re: [OriginsTalk] Re: The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers
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--- In OriginsTalk@yahoogroups.com, "Laurie Appleton" <lappleto@...> wrote:
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> Subject: [OriginsTalk] The Happy Atheist by PZ Myers
> Book description from Amazon:
> "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
> Through his popular science blog, Pharyngula, PZ Myers has entertained millions of readers with his infectious love of evolutionary science and his equally infectious disdain for creationism, biblical literalism, intelligent design theory, and other products of godly illogic. 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.
> LA> It seems likely that people with similar views to those of PZ Myers would have worked very well under Joseph Stalin.
GLU: Given Stalin's support of Lysenko, someone expressing the scientific views of PZMyers would probably be consigned to a labour camp in Siberia.
LA> Given that the founder of Communism was Karl Marx and he was so impressed with Darwin's theory that he asked Darwin if he could dedicate his famous book "Das Kapital" to him, then the so-called Lysenko issue is quite irrelevant.
"Finally, the evolutionary vision is enabling us to discern, however
incompletely, the lineaments of the new religion that we can be sure
will arise to serve the needs of the coming era." (Sir Julian Huxley 1959)
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