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I'm gonna see PZ Meyers!

Postby AstusAleator » Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:22 am

Yeah that's right. PZ Meyers is comin to town and I get to see him. Maybe even have a beer with him afterwards!

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Postby mith » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:00 pm

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Re: I'm gonna see PZ Meyers!

Postby AstusAleator » Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:03 am

Yeah! So PZ was pretty cool. Soft spoken - surprisingly. The guy running the show had to ask him to speak louder, into the microphone. Anyway - he spent most of the time talking about the fallacies of ID logic and going into details of specific examples of cases that discredited ID. He addressed irreducible complexity and the argument that DNA could not become more "complex"; among others.
I had the opportunity to have a beer with him afterward, but sadly I had to work early the next day and had to drive a pretty long ways home that night. *sigh* Oh well. Maybe next time.
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Postby mith » Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:57 pm

nice! We had al gore come by...I didn't seem him, but supposedly he's let himself go quite a bit(chubby).
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Re: I'm gonna see PZ Meyers!

Postby AstusAleator » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:08 am

I believe it. He's definitely put weight on since his time in office. I'd be pretty stoked to meet him. Was he doing the whole Inconvenient Truth bit, or was it some other presentation?
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Postby mith » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:48 pm

Err, he was here to throw a shovel of dirt on the new global economic policy center or something like that.
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Postby alextemplet » Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:38 pm

Oh yes, a small bit of manual labor designed to be as easy as possible, and everyone cheers and applauds. Don't you find it funny how we get so worked up over ceremony and formality that really serves almost no purpose at all in the real world?
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Re: I'm gonna see PZ Meyers!

Postby AstusAleator » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:53 am

Funny, coming from a Catholic. ;)
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Postby alextemplet » Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:22 am

Ah but you forget that our pomp and ceremony helps improve our chances of going to the Land of Magical Fairies and Other Nice Things!
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Postby MrMistery » Sun May 03, 2009 3:37 am

about al gore. When he was over here a few months ago he told a nice story. apparently a woman told him in a diner "You know if you dye your hair black and loose some weight, you'll look just like Al Gore!" Funny :-)
Oh yeah, we just had the Dalai Lama over last week. I had a genetics presentation I had to attend then. That kinda made me mad.
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Postby AstusAleator » Sun May 03, 2009 6:46 am

I hope you gave your professor hell for making you miss the Dalai Lama
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Postby MrMistery » Sun May 03, 2009 2:01 pm

well the presentation was scheduled long before the Dalai Lama's visit, so I couldn't really object much to it.
Besides, he'll probably be over again sometime in the next 3 years, everyone loves to come visit us..
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