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JULY 25, 2013 (THUR.) 6:30PM                                                                                NYC ATHEISTS MONTHLY MEETING



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,’

Prof Claims


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.


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  • William C.

    Hats off to a ballsy speaker. I enjoy a speaker who adds a bit of humor. I did learn some things which is always a plus.

    July 26, 2013

  • Lawrence S.

    About as good a lecture as we have ever had.

    July 26, 2013

  • Willie F.

    Very entertaining with witty, pithy and humorous anecdotes.

    July 26, 2013

  • Jane E.

    Abby Hafer was a wonderful speaker..personable, funny, charming, insightful. The audience loved her! She is the only person I know of who can say startlingly revolutionary things and sound like Martha Stewart discussing how to stuff a turkey. Onward, Dr. Abby Hafer! May you have your own science show on CNN someday!

    July 26, 2013

  • Anders

    I had a good time with like-minded people. This was my first time going and I liked the atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and interesting and humorous talking points. I´ll probably return for more of the fruitful discussions I heard tonight.

    July 25, 2013

  • Willie F.

    Should be both interesting and humorous.

    July 25, 2013

  • Jane E.

    Welcome, Maury. I think every science teacher in New York should come hear Prof Hafer! She is soooo effective. Learn her technique and carry on! Teach your kids the fun and logic of evolution!

    July 23, 2013

  • Maury

    I teach jr. high Science. Looking forward to Dr. Hafer!

    July 23, 2013

  • Jane E.

    Welcome, Gerry! Where have you been all these years that we have been uniting and organizing? I love it when someone new comes into our group and tells us to do something that we have been doing for years. It happens more often than you'd think. Never mind, we are delighted that you're here and that you want us to do exactly what we're doing.

    July 22, 2013

  • Gerry-G-Goldberg

    Just discovered your group. Unable to attend on this date. Will schedule your next date if possible. UNITE and ORGANIZE!

    July 22, 2013

  • ray

    Lol creationism

    July 22, 2013

  • Jane E.

    She's terrific. Bill, you will progress from Skeptic to Atheist after hearing Abby Hafer!

    July 21, 2013

  • Brenda

    Sounds like a load of laughs!

    July 21, 2013

  • RichC


    July 21, 2013

  • Jane E.

    Every once in a while we get a speaker who is so engaging, we sort-of fall in love with her. Abby Hafer is like that. When NYCA president Ken Bronstein heard her speak in Austin, Texas at the American Atheists 2013 convention, he knew he had to bring her to the New York group. When I interviewed her for the press release on this page, I too became utterly taken with her sincerity, her delightful humor, her complete and utter honesty. You will love her. You will enjoy this talk!

    July 21, 2013

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