May 8, 2012
“Become” would be the wrong way to put it for me – my immediate family is mostly apathetic regarding religion, so I wasn't brought up with any form of it. It was more a long series of realisations - first, the rather abrupt one that Christianity definitely wasn't for me, followed by a gradual process of learning and contemplation over the decade-plus since then. At this point, I'd self-describe as a naturalistic secular humanist with a great deal of contempt in general for infantilism, magical thinking, tribalism, anti-intellectualism and the many other mental and emotional follies of which religion is the most obvious, but far from only, manifestation.
I have a decent idea what to expect at this point, and haven't stopped turning up. Not all regular (or occasional, or whatever else) meeting types are for all tastes, but there seems to be enough variety for there to be something that will appeal to (almost) anyone.
Ran into the group one Saturday night in the City, didn't find out who they were at the time. Found out about Meetup at a later point, searched Brisbane groups and found this group right away (not knowing it was the same group until I first turned up at a meeting).
Introverted oddball. Desultory reader. Musician in hibernation (slowly awakening, hopefully). Would-be writer (ideas tend to collapse under the weight of their ambition). (Mostly) silent observer of all manner of online happenings.