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If you've got a religious belief that withers in the face of observations of the natural world, you ought to rethink your beliefs -- rethinking the world isn't an option. --PZ Myers, biology professor (b.1957)

(58:2.3) And yet some of the less imaginative of your mortal mechanists insist on viewing material creation and human evolution as an accident. The Urantia midwayers have assembled over fifty thousand facts of physics and chemistry which they deem to be incompatible with the laws of accidental chance, and which they contend unmistakably demonstrate the presence of intelligent purpose in the material creation. And all of this takes no account of their catalogue of more than one hundred thousand findings outside the domain of physics and chemistry which they maintain prove the presence of mind in the planning, creation, and maintenance of the material cosmos.


     Paul Zachary "PZ" Myers (born March 9, 1957) is an American associate-professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM). He founded and writes the Pharyngula science-blog, and as of 2016 works with zebrafish in the field of evolutionary developmental biology.
     He is an outspoken critic of intelligent design (ID) and of the creationist movement, where he is widely regarded as a confrontationalist.
     In 2006 the journal Nature listed Myers's Pharyngula as the top-ranked blog by a scientist based on popularity.
     Myers received the American Humanist Association's 2009 Humanist of the Year award and the International Humanist Award in 2011. Asteroid 153298 Paulmyers is named in his honor.


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