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New Meetup: PZ Myers, leading atheist&science blogger, "The War Between Science & Religion"

From: user 5.
Sent on: Thursday, October 23, 2008 4:33 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Science and Philosophy Book Club Meetup!

What: PZ Myers, leading atheist&science blogger, "The War Between Science & Religion"

When: October 31,[masked]:30 PM

Price: ticket details below

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: THE WORLD'S LEADING ATHEIST & SCIENCE BLOGGER PZ MYERS
SCIENCE EDUCATION: THE WAR BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION

A catered reception with PZ exclusively for Friends of the Centre will take place from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the Centre For Inquiry.

Full press release below. Partnered with the University of Toronto Secular Alliance the Centre for Inquiry - Ontario presents the popular biologist and author of the stimulating blog ?Pharyngula?. Dr. Myers is an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He obtained his B.S in zoology from the university of Washington and his Ph.D. in biology from the Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon. His blog is the most widely read science blog on the internet with topics ranging from octopus, religion and getting kicked out of Expelled.

Note: On Sat, Nov 1, 2008, 2-4pm Guelph Campus Skeptics will host a more informal interactive discussion with PZ Myers at the University of Guelph, A.A. Thornbrough Building, Rm. 1200 (click THRN on the map at http://www.uoguelph.ca/~webadmin/cgi-bin/relativepos.cgi There will be refreshments available from 1 - 2pm. The cost is $3 and free for members of CFI .


TICKETS and PRICES!

*NEW AND RENEWING CFI MEMBERS: FREE!!
By becoming a CFI member you will gain free admission to our events, discounts on conferences at all branches, 15% discount on selected Prometheus books, access to FREE MEMBERS ONLY receptions with selected speakers, and reduced suscription rate to Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer. Upcoming events include DAN FALK - Science Journalist, Distinguished Professor of the History of Ideas at Wayne State University Ronald Aronson, and many more!
*STUDENTS AND MEMBERS: $5
*REGULAR ADVANCED: $8
*REGULAR AT THE DOOR: $10

Get your tickets in advance to ensure a spot! Buy early as prices may rise. You may:

1. Buy tickets online through paypal at http://www.centerforinquiry.net/ontario/events/pz_myers_of_pharyngula_comes_to_toronto

2. Buy tickets in person at the Centre for Inquiry - Ontario (216 Beverely St.) during our opening hours (1-9pm Mon-Fri, 1-5pm Sat-Sun).

3. Buy tickets through a cheque to:
Centre For Inquiry
216 Beverley St.
Toronto, ON
M5T 1Z3
*Please note if you are sending a cheque please send it before October 24th

Please note that you WILL NOT be given a physical ticket. You name will be added to a ticket list. Thus you should *arrive early* at the event location to find the appropriate line-up and gain access to the event. Please arrive at least a half an hour before the event. Box Office opens at 6pm.

Full event info:
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/ontario/events/pz_myers_of_pharyngula_comes_to_toronto

Please Note: The J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium is located in the Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto on the north-west corner of College and University Ave. The closest subway station to the Medical Sciences Building is the ?Queens Park? exit.

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE WAR BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION
World Leading Scientist and Atheist Blogger PZ Myers to Address Perils of Science Education as it Battles with Religion

Faith has intruded into education like never before. In America schools are fighting to keep evolution in their science curriculum while others are fighting to keep the religious movement called creationism out.

This is not only a fight in the United States. In Alberta the government funds up to 70% of some Christian fundamentalist schools. In Ontario catholic schools funded by all taxpayers frequently deny admission to non-Catholic students. In Quebec, the new faith and ethics course denies equal time to secular ethical worldviews like humanism.

Dr. PZ Myers has been a longtime critic of intelligent design and has written extensively on the topic on his popular blog http://www.scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/ Earlier this year the Catholic League asked the University of Minnesota to take legal action against Myers after he publicly criticized those who had sent death threats and hate mail to a young man who took a communion wafer back to his seat and didn't consume it as expected.

Dr. Paul Z Myers, PhD is a professor of biology at The University of Minnesota, Morris campus. He works with zebra fish in the department of evolutionary developmental biology. His blog, Pharyngula is the most widely read science and atheism blog on the Internet. He is a self-avowed godless liberal and as such is one of the most vocal skeptics on all forms of religion, pseudoscience and superstition.

Learn more here:
http://bookclub.meetup.com/1053/calendar/9019918/

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