RELEASE: Atheist Icon to Talk Evolution at USC
September 14, 2009
For release: IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT
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Columbia—The University of South Carolina Pastafarians and Biology Department are teaming up to bring famed atheist icon Richard Dawkins to Columbia this October in an event which will be sure to spark heated discussion and debate about the origins of life.
Dawkins’ presentation will happen in honor of the yearly A.C. Moore Lectures in Evolutionary Biology and Society and will focus on scientifically proving the process of evolution and natural selection. The event is part of a campus tour for his latest book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.
“What is the greatest show on Earth? Well, it’s life, the whole diversity of life, the whole complexity of life,” says Dawkins in a promotional video. “How does it come about? By evolution.”
Through his work in evolutionary biology, Dawkins has been a prominent supporter of scientific rationalism as well as an outspoken promoter of atheism and secular humanism. His most famous book, The God Delusion, Dawkins argues that atheism is evidence of a healthy, independent mind. He promotes education and consciousness-raising as the primary tools in opposing religious dogma and indoctrination.
In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, a non-profit organization currently in developmental stage to finance research on the psychology of belief and religion, scientific education programs and materials, and publicize and support secular charitable organizations.
Both the Pastafarians and Dawkins are dedicated to changing the dynamic of a country in which 40% of the population believes the Earth was created in seven Biblical days.
“Science education must no longer be under siege from ideologues who aim to bolster faith at the expense of reason,” says Pastafarians president Andrew Cederdahl. “Evolution is a fact we must deal with. This event will see to it that we do.”
The event will take place on October 13th at 7:30 PM in the Carolina Coliseum. It is open to the public at no charge.
To find out more about this event, please visit the Pastafarians website at www.pastafariansatusc.org
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