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Hector Avalos - How to Take on Intelligent Design and Win - Oct 19 at 1 PM

  • Oct 19, 2008 · 1:00 PM
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Minnesota Atheists is proud to welcome back Dr. Hector Avalos to speak about taking on Intelligent Design and winning. Dr. Avalos is a former Pentecostal preacher and currently teaches at Iowa State University. Dr. Avalos has successfully taken on Intelligent Design Creationism, and is most famous for a statement he co-authored in 2005 against Intelligent Design which was signed by 130 faculty members at Iowa State, and became a model for statements at the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez was denied tenure in 2007 at Iowa State University. While Dr. Gonzalez was not targeted specifically for his pro-ID views, much was made about his denial as an attack on Intelligent Design by Darwinists, specifically by the Discovery Institute. Both professors were featured in the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

Dr. Avalos is a fantastic speaker, and we are fortunate to have him make the trek up here. He's an established author, writing such books as Fighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence, and The End of Biblical Studies. You can check out our website at for book reviews, and video of his previous visit when he discussed The End of Biblical Studies. We will have our monthly business meeting from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM, followed by Dr. Avalos's">Avalos's Presentation. Around 4:00 PM, we'll head to the Panda Garden Chinese Buffet. This is a great event if you've ever wanted to meet an interesting author. To me, he's right up there with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet, and Christopher Hitchens. The event is free, and open to the public. All are welcome!

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  • mary n.

    It was my first meetup and I totally enjoyed it. I'm glad I choose to hear Dr. Avalos speak. I knew nothing about ID. He not only gave information but was an engaging speaker.

    October 21, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would have loved to hear much more from Dr. Avalos, wish he could have stayed longer and taken more questions. Thanks Mn Athiests!

    October 20, 2008

  • Heidi T.

    Dr. Avalos was informative, pleasant, witty, and engaging. This was my first meeting and am pleased that I made the decision to join. When I am doing labwork at work today and my results did not turn out with the desired outcome, I plan to "blame it on evil!" hahahahaha

    October 20, 2008

  • Bill W.

    The presentation by Dr. Avalos was excellent. I was disappointed to find that the group leaders had publicized his presentation to begin at 1pm but instead started the meeting 15 minutes late, then conducted a half=hour business meeting and then called a fifteen-minute recess before introducing him at full hour late.

    Please start the presentation at the announced time. Schedule the business meeting either before or after the time announced for the presentation.

    October 19, 2008

  • Andres J

    Excellent Presentation, though it was less about "how to" and more about "How I did it". Nonetheless, the take home point was very salient: Confront pseudo-science quickly and directly - the tactic of ID today is to manufacture false impressions of legitimacy and acceptance where it does not exist. When these canards and their perpetrators are exposed for what they are, they shall be, indeed, "Expelled".

    October 19, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any time you get a chance to hear Hector Avalos speak in person, make an effort!

    October 19, 2008

  • Paul C.

    This Professor knows his stuff. A great talk given by a great scholar.

    October 19, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dr Avalos is fun and informative. He has great insight and personal experience on the topic of fighting ID.

    October 19, 2008

  • Crystal D.

    It was a nice meeting, Dr. Avalos is very interesting, and was worthwhile to have as a speaker.

    October 19, 2008

  • Richard W. T.

    Good speaker, good presentation. Q&A was above average.

    October 19, 2008

  • Grant S.

    An exceptional speaker and scholar. Presentation was well thought out and provoked questions and comments.

    October 19, 2008

  • Jessica F.

    He was a great speaker--very organized an easy to understand. The issues were presented clearly and the discussion was good. It was also about the right length of a talk.

    October 19, 2008

  • justin c.

    Sounds good, except it's the day after the zombie pub crawl. I'll try to make it though.

    October 5, 2008

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