The Coming Clash At The Creationist Museum

On August 7, biologist, anti-creationist, activist atheist and blogger-extraordinaire PZ Myers will be headlining a massive convergence of secular evolutionist atheists (including a large contingent from the Secular Student Alliance) upon Ken Ham’s infamous “Creation Museum”.

Myers and the Secular Student Alliance have been promoting participation in the big visit for weeks and yesterday, Myers posted a letter from the museum warning him that they have been reading his website and taken note of many of his readers’ gleeful musings about ways to mock or offend the museum’s sensibilities and warned him that unless they get assurances from him in advance that he will keep his group civil and respectful it will be turned away.

Both the museum’s entire letter and Myers’s reply can be found on Pharyngula. I found it all a really interesting study in ideological politics (and preemptive spin in preparation for likely future media coverage of the event).  Plus it got me really jealous that I won’t be a part of what promises to be a really surreal and educational sort of atheist bonding experience/clash of ideological cultures.

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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