Atheist Icon to Talk Evolution at USC

RELEASE:  Atheist Icon to Talk Evolution at USC

September 14, 2009



Melanie Griffin, Pastafarians PR Director,

Patrick Morency, Pastafarians PR,

Andrew Cederdahl, Pastafarians president,


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


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  • This is event will be free admission for all
  • Dawkins' new book, The Greatest Show on Earth:The Evidence for Evolution, will be on sale and he will be signing copies after the lecture! 
  • Free tickets for priority floor seating are now being distributed at the information desk on the second floor of the Russell House. These tickets are for USC students, faculty and staff only. Everyone from the community and afar is welcome for first-come, first-served seating in the largest venue on campus (tickets not needed for these seats).
  • The address for the Carolina Coliseum is 701 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC, 29201

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