Biologist and blogger P.Z. Myers is in Ashland tonight at SOU's Meese auditorium to stir the pot about God and evolution.

Biologist and blogger P.Z. Myers is in Ashland tonight in a Jefferson Center presentation sure to stir the pot about God and evolution.

The talk is set at 7 p.m in the Meese Meeting Room at the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Tickets are $10; students get in free.

The talk marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's "The Origin of the Species." Myers will use Darwin for a refutation of religious arguments against evolution.

From a scientific point of view, said Myers in a phone interview, God didn't create life, doesn't work in tandem with evolution and doesn't exist.

"We don't need him. I don't at all believe in him and when we die, we're dead, end of story," said Myers.

Myers, who said he gets 2.5 million hits a month on his blog "Pharyngula" on scienceblog.com, said of supporters of creationism and intelligent design, "They're wishing and hoping there's a designer out there. Their cardinal sin is ignorance."

The event is not a debate but has stirred controversy in the SOU biology department, where some teachers have questioned whether students should be encouraged to attend a forum where the speaker opposes views of scientists with religious perspectives on origins of life.