I’m an atheist and a skeptic with a deep interest in science; especially the science of evolution.
|Since I’m an atheist and a skeptic with a deep interest in evolution and other science, most of my posts will be about atheism, skepticism, and sciencey stuff. While I am not politically correct, neither will I be rude or vulgar.|
One of the things I’m most skeptical of is religion. This stems from my 42 years as a Christian fundamentalist — including 30+ years as an Independent Baptist, which has made me more than an atheist. I am actually an antitheist. So I’ll write skeptical articles about religion and religious figures from time to time.
Sciencey stuff necessarily includes nature, because that’s what science studies. We’ll have lots of nature articles. I especially like stories that seem to indicate animal intelligence and higher mental abilities, and I expect to post a lot of them. Many animals are smarter than most of us think.
Science is often affected and afflicted by politics. And it conflicts with some religions. And some idiot will occasionally say something stupid about science or atheism that needs to be corrected, I may feel I have to add my two cents to the discussion.
I also use this site to display videos I consider interesting or important about science or atheism, or to re-post other such information from wherever I can find it. A few of these re-posted materials will unavoidably contain language I consider offensive and that I would not personally use in my own writings. I may occasionally re-post these materials anyway, if I consider them important enough. I’ll try to remember to mark them so you’ll be warned. I hope you’ll find a few of these things as interesting as I do.
I’m highly Opinionated.
I have very strong opinions about many things; and I find it absolutely painful and almost impossible to keep quiet about them. Despite this fact, I am not ashamed to admit that many of my opinions have changed over the last 77 years. This is called learning, and I love learning.
I am a skeptic. This means I want evidence before forming an opinion or belief. One should never form an opinion about something important without evidence, and I try not to. Nevertheless, when additional evidence is presented, old opinions may be overthrown and new ones formed. This, also, is as it should be. We form the best opinions or beliefs we can at any given time, based on the best evidence available then, but always understanding there may be more evidence that we have not yet seen or considered.
Not only do I believe my opinions are true. (Isn’t that what it means to have an opinion?) In many cases, I also believe it’s important for people to know those truths. So I write. And I re-post other people’s good educational materials when appropriate.
I say bluntly what I mean here.
In person, or on Facebook or other social media, I may speak carefully to be polite. On this site, I am more likely to be blunt. Even here, I don’t want to be rude, and I will try hard not to do so; but there is a time and a place to say exactly what one believes. For me, this is that place. I place it here for those who are interested, and you read it by your own choice.
I’m an atheist, a liberal (In the old-fashioned sense), and a patriot both to my nation and especially to humankind. Sometimes a curmudgeon. And did I say I’m opinionated?
I’m a heterosexual. I mention this only because I empathize with those who are different from me, and my empathy has been misinterpreted by some. (I’ve noticed that a lot of homophobes have an inexplicable tendency to do that, and it gets inconvenient.)
Other people’s copyrighted materials
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If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
I have created this blog in the hope that I might be able to pass on to a few people some of the few things I have learned in my 78 years of questioning everything. I began questioning as a toddler, as every other toddler does. But I never stopped.
You may share your own information or opinions in the form of comments or private feedback. After all, I don’t claim to know everything. I just know a little bit about a lot of things, but not enough about anything to be considered an expert. So I hope to learn more from your comments. I love learning, and I love teaching by writing.
You should probably think of this blog as being PG rated and recommended for people 13 years old and above. However, intelligent children even younger may also profit from much of it.
I use “clinically correct” language to describe sexual or biological functions, but I never use the offensive slang words often associated with them. If I occasionally use somebody else’s material that contains “offensive language”, I will always include a warning.
I make posts about things I feel strongly about, and a few of these things tend to arouse strong emotion in others. Emotion that is not always pleasant. Many of them will discuss offensive or shocking topics. Reader discretion is advised.
I’m not a great thinker. I’ve already been told that.
I’ve never pretended to be a “great thinker,” and I make no claim that any of my ideas and opinions are original. I’m sure I got most or all of them from somewhere else, even if I don’t always remember where. Ideas cannot be copyrighted, of course. They are always in the public domain and anybody can use them. You are certainly welcome to reuse any you find here.
I’m not an expert advisor.
I am not a medical doctor, lawyer, scientist, or other professional; and I have no degrees or other credentials to back up anything I write. I have only 78 years of reading, study, and experience.
Therefore, nothing I write should be considered medical, legal, financial, or any other kind of advice. If I ever seem to suggest doing something, please use your own judgement. Get any advice you might need from somebody better qualified than I.
I may occasionally use affiliate links.
From time to time I may recommend books or other materials and include a link where you can buy these items. These links will usually be “affiliate links.” That means if you follow the link and buy something, I may make a small commission on it to help pay the expenses associated with this blog. In that case, I thank you.
This will not sway my opinions of such products in any way. (Frankly, they won’t pay me that much money.) I will recommend only what I honestly believe in.
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