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Майерс, Пол Захари

Дата рождения: 9. Март 1957

Пол Заха́ри Ма́йерс — американский биолог и блогер. Профессор Миннесотского университета в Моррисе. Получил докторскую степень в Орегонском университете, где также преподавал. Известен как критик креационизма и концепции разумного замысла, открытый атеист. Блог Майерса в 2006 году был отмечен журналом «Nature» как один из 5 самых популярных блогов учёных. В 2013 году была опубликована его первая книга The Happy Atheist, являющаяся в значительной степени компиляцией записей из его блога.

В его честь назван астероид Paulmyers. В 2009 году Американская гуманистическая ассоциация выбрала его гуманистом года.

Цитаты Майерс, Пол Захари

„Maybe they don't believe in evolution, but the microorganisms trying to kill us are taking full advantage of it.“

—  PZ Myers

Контексте: We're confronted all the time with evolving viruses and bacteria. The Red Queen really rules the biological world, and we have to keep running just to keep up pace with the changing microorganisms. Yet policymakers and the public deny vaccination, and evolution itself, and question the value of biomedical research. Maybe they don't believe in evolution, but the microorganisms trying to kill us are taking full advantage of it.

„If I actually believed Jesus was coming to end the world, I’d be preparing by stocking up on timber and nails.“

—  PZ Myers

Контексте: If a scientist saw a cataclysm coming, say a meteor on collision course for earth in 2050, we wouldn’t be saying, “Hallelujah, physics is true, bring it on! Our faith in mathematics is strengthened!” We’d be trying to stop it. Which makes the Christian reaction puzzling. If I actually believed Jesus was coming to end the world, I’d be preparing by stocking up on timber and nails. They were pretty effective last time.

„We are not princes of the earth, we are the descendants of worms, and any nobility must be earned.“

—  PZ Myers

Контексте: Look at the bible as a pastiche, a collection of mutually and often internally inconsistent fragments slapped together for crude reasons of politics and art and priestly self-promotion and sometimes beauty and a lot of chest-thumping tribalism, and through that lens, it makes a lot of sense. It does tell us something important…about us, not some fantastic mythological being. It tells us that we are fractious, arrogant, scrappy people who sometimes accomplish great things and more often cause grief and pain to one another. We want to be special in a universe that is uncaring and cold, and in which the nature of our existence is a transient flicker, so we invent these strange stories of grand beginnings, like every orphan dreaming that they are the children of kings who will one day ride up on a white horse and take them away to a beautiful palace and a rich and healthy family that will love them forever. We are not princes of the earth, we are the descendants of worms, and any nobility must be earned.

„I didn't become a scientist because I want to impress lawyers. The word for people who are neutral about truth is "liars".“

—  PZ Myers

at Council for Secular Humanism, October 9, 2010.
Контексте: I have been told that my position won't win the creationist court cases. Do you think I care? I didn't become a scientist because I want to impress lawyers. The word for people who are neutral about truth is "liars".

„Human beings are still fish.“

—  PZ Myers

During an interview for Ray Comfort's " Evolution vs. God http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ" (2013), after explaining that Comfort was wrong to disregard the Lenski experiment on the grounds that Lenski's bacteria "are still just bacteria". After Comfort asked him again, "Humans beings are fish?", Myers replied again "Yes, of course they are."

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