If you happen to live anywhere near Murray, Kentucky—and the chances of that are almost nil—I’ll be giving two lectures at Murray State University this Thursday and Friday. I leave tomorrow, flying to the Paducah, Kentucky airport (one flight a day from Chicago O’Hare) and will return Saturday, so posting may be light, though the noms will be heavy. Here’s the information if you are connected with Murray State or live within striking distance.
I like the description in the first post (“World-famous biologist and cat-lover”, though only the second bit is true)—but they should have switched the pictures!
I believe the first talk will be followed by a book signing, and the secret word, if you want a cat drawn in your copy, is “ailurophile.”
I’ve received word from an anonymous (and hostile) student that my posters were probably defaced because many students don’t like the title of my anti-accommodationist talk and aren’t overly fond of the Murray State secular organizations, either. And I’ve been asked if I want security. I don’t think that’s necessary, for Ceiling Cat will protect His eponymous Professor.
Here’s one of those non-believers, showing his ignorance in a tw**t forwarded to me by reader Barry:
(Yirrell appears to be a British Biblical literalist who has been pwned in a YouTube video.)
Talk about snake oil salesmen: can Mr. Yirrell demonstrate that Jesus was resurrected? Can he demonstrate, as Yirrell has apparently claimed, that all of humanity descend from two people: Adam and Eve?
In fact, we have very strong evidence that life originated only once, for we can make protein-sequence-based phylogenies pointing strongly to a single origin of life as opposed to multiple origins (see reference below). There is other evidence as well, including the use of L-amino acids by all species and the universality (with a few trivial exceptions) of the genetic code and the RNA translation mechanism. As Douglas Theobold, author of the protein sequence paper cited below, notes: “UCA [the hypothesis of a single Universal Common Ancestor] is 102,860 times more probable than the closest competing hypothesis.”
Theobald, D. L. 2010.A formal test of the theory of universal common ancestry. Nature 465:219-222.