New Atheism leadership's problem with excess weight
New Atheism is a form of militant atheism. The term New Atheism which first appeared in the November 2006 edition of Wired magazine, is frequently applied to a series of six best-selling books by five authors that appeared in the period between 2004–2008. These authors include Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Victor J. Stenger and Christopher Hitchens.
According to medical science, there are a significant number of health related problems associated with being overweight.
In the late 1990s, Dennet had coronary artery bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass surgery reroutes blood around clogged arteries to enhance blood flow and oxygen to the heart). In 2003, a a video at Ted was published featuring an overweight Daniel Dennett. In 2013, a video embedded on a The Raw Story article featured an overweight Daniel Dennett.
In 2010, PZ Myers, who considered himself a New Atheist and dubbed himself the 5th horseman of New Atheism, had health problems related to his heart. In 2017, Myers renounced the New Atheism movement.
See also: Atheism and obesity.
- 1 PZ Myers
- 2 Unhealthy lifestyle of the late, New Atheist Christopher Hitchens
- 3 New atheist Richard Dawkins, Darwin and psychogenic illness
- 4 American Atheists organization leadership's challenge with excess weight
- 5 Evolutionists who have had problems with being overweight and/or obese
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
PZ Myers is also a leader within the New Atheism movement who is an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota at Morris. In addition, he has a blog entitled Pharyngula. Myers has had problems with being overweight as can be seen HERE and HERE and HERE.
As noted above, in 2010, PZ Myers had health problems related to his heart.
On June 1, 2011, Myers posted a picture of himself and others on his blog and Myers appeared to no longer have issues with being overweight. However, on February 13, 2013, a video was posted to YouTube entitled, Is church harmful? and Myers appeared to have put on weight subsequent to his June 1, 2011 picture. In addition, a picture taken in 2014 features an overweight PZ Myers.
Vox Day on the issue of atheism and obesity
In 2011, the theist Vox Day had an individual complain about the notion that the atheist community has a problem with obesity (Please see: Atheism and obesity). As a result, on May 19, 2011, Vox Day released a blog post entitled Mailvox: now, who said atheists are fat? where 80% of the people taking a picture with PZ Myers were overweight and PZ Myers was overweight in the picture as well as can be seen HERE. The picture was originally posted on PZ Myer's blog Pharyngula by Myers on May 16, 2011 and an online argument quickly ensued concerning the appearance of the photograph's participants.
An overweight PZ Myers and Creation Museum buffoonery
In August 2009, Myers led a group of over 300 atheist and agnostic students on a tour of the Creation Museum. During the visit, Myers had noticeably greater difficulty than others climbing on and off a dinosaur model due to the fact that he was overweight and out of shape.VIDEO In addition, the purpose of the dinosaur model is clearly for children to sit on for photographs. Myers donned a borrowed cowboy hat and was egged on by the cheers and laughter of the students.
PZ Myers' ironic speech at the 2010 Global Atheist Convention
See also: Atheism and brain function
At the 2010 Global atheist Convention, an overweight PZ Myers likened belief in God to a brain infection plus made the blanket statement that religion makes people stupid and/or do stupid stupid things. As noted above, according to medical science, being overweight causes brain impairment.
Unhealthy lifestyle of the late, New Atheist Christopher Hitchens
Hitchen's heavy drinking and chain-smoking and esophageal cancer
Christopher Hitchens was known for having a history of heavy drinking and chain-smoking. Christopher Hitchens was being treated for esophageal cancer likely caused by drinking and smoking up until his death on December 15, 2011. Despite his esophageal cancer, when asked by interviewer Charlie Rose if in retrospect he would have engaged in heavy drinking and smoking knowing his present cancer condition, Hitchens said he think he would have done things the same.
Hitchen's excess weight and increased risk of esophageal cancer
As noted above, Hitchens also had problems with being overweight during his life (see also: Atheism and obesity). According to the National Cancer Institute, "obesity is associated with increased risks of cancers of the esophagus."
New atheist Richard Dawkins, Darwin and psychogenic illness
A psychogenic illness is one that originates in the mind or in a mental condition. There is evidence suggesting that both Charles Darwin and the new atheist Richard Dawkins experienced psychogenic illness (see: Richard Dawkins, Darwin and psychogenic illness),
American Atheists organization leadership's challenge with excess weight
Madalyn Murray O'Hair was the founder of the American Atheists organization and she was overweight. One of the last pictures taken of Madalyn Murray O'Hair features her standing before a cake as can be seen HERE. The American Atheist organization is known for its strident, militant atheism.
As of December 28, 2010, the pictures of the members of the American Atheists organization's board of directors showed a significant portion of its members having excess body weight. Members of the American Atheists board of directors who were overweight as of December 28, 2010 included: Richard Andrews, Blair Scott, Monty Gaither, and Ann Zindler. A picture of an overweight Richard Andrews can be found HERE. A picture of an overweight Blair Scott can be found HERE. A picture of an overweight Monty Gaither can be found HERE. A picture of an overweight Ann Zindler can be found HERE.
The current pictures of the American Atheists board of directors can be found HERE.
Evolutionists who have had problems with being overweight and/or obese
- Atheism and leadership
- Atheism and obesity
- Psychology, obesity, religiosity and atheism
- Atheism and health
- Atheism and suicide
- Atheism and deception
- Comes a horseman by PZ Myers
- The New Atheism is dead. Long live atheism.
- Is church harmful? - Michael & Rhonda Jones, PZ Myers, Published on Feb 10, 2013 by YouTube account kaine diatheke
- PZ Myers, FCD, Maureen Brian, FCD, & Richard Carter, FCD
- MailVox: Who said atheists are fat?.
- [http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/16/at-least-you-can-see-a-hint-of/ At least you can see a hint of what you missed Posted by PZ Myers on May 16, 2011]
- "Creation Museum: Is This How World Began?" (ABC News)
- "A firebrand visits Creation Museum" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
- PZ Myers - Global Atheist Convention 2010
- Obesity Linked to Changes In Cognitive Patterns, Psychiatric News, Joan Arehart-Treichel, Clinical and Research News, September 15, 2006
- As Waistlines Widen, Brains Shrink: The obese and overweight have less neurological tissue, study finds, U.S News & World Report August 25, 2009
- Western diet consumption and cognitive impairment: links to hippocampal dysfunction and obesity, Physiol Behav. 2011 Apr 18;103(1):59-68. Epub 2010 Dec 16.
- Obesity Harms Women's Memory and Brain Function, Study Finds, Science Daily, July 15, 2010
- Mental health, family function and obesity in African-American women, J Natl Med Assoc. 2005 April; 97(4): 478–482.
- Obesity and Alzheimer's: High Insulin Levels Linked to Alzheimer's
- Obese people are more at risk of Alzheimer’s
- Obesity in Middle Age May Increase Risk of Dementia
- Christopher Hitchens: Despite Cancer, I'd Drink & Smoke Again
- Why did Hitchens continue to smoke & drink during treatment? -CTV News
- Christopher Hitchens: Despite Cancer, I'd Drink & Smoke Again
- Picture of an overweight Christopher Hitchens smoking a cigarette
- National Institute of Health - Obesity and Cancer Risk
- American Atheists Board of Directors