Monday, January 14, 2008
Getting the Nose Under the Tent
There's an old Islamic proverb about the camel getting his nose under the tent, as a prelude to an invasion of your tent by said camel, the end result being akin to having the proverbial Bull running rampant in the proverbial China Shop. Whether you're an atheist, agnostic, monotheist, polytheist, or (I really hate this expression ...) just "spiritual", your reading this is tantamount to having that camel's nose entering your tent of thought. I'll try not to do more damage than necessary.
My purpose here is to prompt genuine thinking, encourage questioning, provoke discussion, challenge "beliefs", arouse ire, piss people off, educate, be educated, and frankly use this forum as a rant vehicle.
I am an atheist/naturalist. I accept that the natural world, the universe, is all there is. I reject the concept of God/gods as pure myth and fable. Period.
I am not a scientist, I only play one in chat rooms and message boards. I admire the contributions that science has made to Mankind. I respect the scientific method. I have no "faith" in anything in the religious sense of the word. Indeed, I reject the concept of "faith" as a theological construct. That I fully expect the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, isn't a matter of my having "faith", it's a matter of my basic understanding of cosmology. Thus, inlieu of mindless "faith" I possess a high level of "confidence", "expectation", and "probability" borne of said knowledge and real experience, that the sun will rise in the east ...yet again ... tomorrow.
To those theists who erroneously, a result of excessive brain rinsing by Xtian [Christian] websites, believe atheism to be a religion ... please, don't even go there. Read the definition of atheist at http://www.dictionary.com/ and come back when you're able to process that atheism is as much a religion as baldness is a hair color, or as not collecting stamps is a hobby.
As far as my name: Dromedarys have one hump, it's those Bactrian camels that have two humps.
Those are the basics. I plan to update this blog at least weekly, perhaps more often, until I rant myself out. Feel free to rant back. Thanks for letting me into your tent.