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Fun:Greg Graffin

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Greg Graffin (born 1964) is the lead singer of the punk rock band Bad Religion, and a liberal atheist, responsible for co-writing the book Is Belief in God Good, Bad, or Irrelevant?[1] (An email debate with a Christian Professor in which he pretty much wins. Perhaps he used Conservapedia as an influence to keep him going in the debate instead of going to sleep from the professor's 'arguments'?)

He was born in Racine, Wisconsin, formerly better known for the kringle.

Graffin attended El Camino Real High School (As opposed to being homeschooled with Conservapedia. The fact that the word 'real' is in there makes that quite clear), then double majored in anthropology and geology as an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn a masters degree in geology from UCLA and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. The PhD thesis was officially a Zoology PhD thesis, supervised by William B. Provine at Cornell University. The thesis was entitled "Monism, Atheism and the Naturalist Worldview: Perspectives from Evolutionary Biology". It is described as being essentially an evolutionary biology PhD but having also relevance to history and philosophy of science[2].

He currently resides in Los Angeles, California and teaches life sciences at UCLA.

Musical career[edit]

He has been playing since he was 15, and on Bad Religion's new album, True North, he's still as fierce as he was when he first started, except that it is generally accepted that his vocals have improved dramatically. He is also known for writing songs necessitating a thesaurus in order to understand, on topics such as morality, religion, politics, poverty, and philosophy.

Besides his work with the band, he has also released two slower solo albums, American Lesion, made up of softer, pop songs, and then Cold as the Clay, another slower (but still good) album, "honor[ing] the legacy of American music, and it is my hope that we were able to capture a lasting musical moment", in Graffin's words.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. Can we have one of those ISBN links please?
  2. http://www.cornellevolutionproject.org/