JULY 25, 2013 (THUR.) 6:30PM NYC ATHEISTS MONTHLY MEETING
SPEAKER: ABBY HAFER, PhD.
Dr. Hafer, who got her Ph.D. in zoology from Oxford University, England, teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College in Milton, Mass.
Fun! Enjoy! Humor!
Is the Fight Against Creationism Funny? You Bet!
Prof Uses Humor to Tell the Story of How ‘Creationism’ Became ‘Intelligent Design’
Human Male Testicles an Example of ‘Unintelligent Design,’
We should all lighten up, says Prof. Abby Hafer. She teaches in college courses about creationism and ‘intelligent design” versus evolution, and she thinks the battle between the two concepts is ridiculous enough to be--well, comic.
Prof. Hafer says that one of the most laughable things in the ‘Intelligent Design’ argument--which claims that the human body is so perfectly designed that it ‘must’ have been created by god--are the human male testicles, which are so imperfectly designed that they must exist outside the male body, exposed to weather and all sorts of catastrophe.
Think about that! Couldn’t god have found a better solution for human males, she asks students. He did indeed find a better solution for frogs, whose testicles rest happily inside the frog’s body. Did god love frogs more than He loves humans?
Laughable Logic of Creationists
Prof. Hafer thinks the “logic” of creationists is hilarious--and totally political: “Intelligent Design is a political pressure group, not a scientific issue,” she maintains. Therefore, it should not be dealt with scientifically, says Dr. Hafer, who teaches human anatomy and physiology to college students.
Is she saying that Creationists and Intelligent Design should be dealt with by satire and slapstick? Yes, the good professor says. Isn’t this an odd view from a person who has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford? “I’m essentially doing stand-up about science, “ she sighs, with a laugh.
This, of course makes the Creationists even madder. But then, the Creationists, who were spreading their viewpoint in public schools via textbooks in the 1980s, were shocked when the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Edwards v. Aguillard case (1987) declared Creationism to be religious and therefore teaching it in public schools is unconstitutional.
‘Intelligent Design’ Is Born
“The Creationists suddenly had to come up with a new name for their old product, so they cooked up the ‘Intelligent Design’ term and changed the words ‘creationism’ and ‘god’ in their textbooks to ‘Intelligent Design’ and ‘Designer,’ Ms. Hafer points out. Thus, instead of “god created humans” in the well-known Creationist textbook “Pandas and People,” it became “An Intelligent Designer created humans.”
Poppycock, says Dr. Hafer, as she gives examples from nature of badly designed human bodies as well as other creatures. “They simply switched the word ‘god’ to ‘designer,’she points out, and if anyone “designed” some of these critters, such as the kangaroo or the platypus, He must have been on an acid trip.
If you think Creationism is harebrained, and Intelligent Design, imbecilic, you will love Prof. Hafer. Whoever heard of a a stand-up routine about the blunders of the human anatomy? Jerry Seinfeld, eat your heart out.
Witty Commentator on god’s Blunders
Come on Thursday evening, July 25, to hear the delightful Abby Hafer, gentlewoman extraordinare, professor, teacher and witty commentator on the absurd god-design theories now rampant among the Creationism bunch.
Hear how god did NOT design us, how the “perfection” of our anatomies is a myth, how the Creationist crowd has now framed its message to try to fool us into thinking that some invisible Wizard of Oz has made us perfect replicas of their god-like “Designer.”
Enjoy this exciting speaker who was the favorite at the 2013 American Atheists convention and is brought to you through the admiration and efforts of your NYC Atheists’ president, Ken Bronstein, because he believes in her sharp talent of awakening people to the political machinations of the religious right.
WHAT: “UNINTELLIGENT DESIGN: WHY EVOLUTION EXPLAINS THE HUMAN BODY AND ‘INTELLIGENT \ DESIGN’ DOES NOT” -- A talk by Dr. Abby Hafer,professor of human anatomy and physiology at Curry College, Milton, Mass.
WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE : SLC CONFERENCE CENTER - 15 West 39th St. - 3rd Floor
COST: NYC Atheists suggests a voluntary donation of $10 to help defray the cost of the meeting place. Students and unemployed, free.