P.Z. Myers: What science is all about is exploring the natural world and pursuing what we can know. And what we can know – from what we can observe in the natural world – is that there’s no design.
If you enter “top science blogger” as a search term on Google, you’ll see Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers blog Pharyngula as one of the first on the list. Myers is an American biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris. He has become well known for his ideas about and criticism of intelligent design – the assertion that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection – and of attempts to insert intelligent design into the science curriculum in the United States. The science journal Nature has listed Pharyngula as the top-ranked blog written by a scientist. Pharyngula also won the 2005 Koufax Award for Best Expert Blog.
In this interview, Myers talks about why he feels scientists should blog, and why he doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects.
In his years with EarthSky, Jorge Salazar conducted thousands of in-depth interviews with scientists. He knows a lot about as diverse as nanotechnology, ecosystem-based management, climate change, global health, international environmental treaties, astrophysics and cosmology, and environmental security. Jorge currently works as a Technical Writer/Editor for the Texas Advanced Computing Center, which designs and deploys powerful advanced computing technologies and innovative software solutions for scientific researchers.