August 11, 2011
My skepticism emerged early in life, but it developed more fully in adolescence. I was naturally skeptical during early childhood, but an encounter with the philosophy of David Hume during my freshman year in college was a turning point. I was shocked to discover the power and validity of skepticism, even when directed toward science and alleged rationality.
I am an antitheist. I am also a Pyhrronian skeptic of a particularly vicious type. I maintain that no belief is justified, including the belief that no belief is justified. I also identify myself as a Mahayana Buddhist, though it is important to point out that I consider this tradition to be an applied philosophy and psychological practice rather than a religion. While some varieties of Buddhism appear to have religious trappings, there are many reasons why it doesn't make sense to classify the tradition as a religion. One is that it does not embrace a belief in God and rejects the notion of a soul or a continuing personality that survives death.
I am a consultant, writer, and analytical philospher. I am an antitheist, a materialist, and vaguely a Mahayana Buddhist. If you'd like to find out how and why these views are compatible, feel free to ask.