Michael C.

Location:

Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls

Member since:

December 17, 2012

How did you find our site and have you previously heard about The Center for Inquiry?

Through a link from a MeetUp site.

What topics or social issues are of interest to you?

I am interested in the topics of fear and ignorance. I am interested in talking about connecting with people of all faiths and non-faiths. I am also very interested in talking about insights that I've experienced from paying attention to ideas from faiths and non-faiths. Other topics that I enjoy talking about and/or have experience with (in no particular order) include: Non-Violent Communication (I love talking about language!), simple-living and anticiv thinking, addiction, suburbia, Peak Oil, non-violence, violence, activism, trauma, Kundalini Yoga, meditation, juggling, climate change, science, social justice, love, friendship, connection, Christianity, Buddhism, nutrition, the Paleo diet, physiology, the sciences, education, and martial arts. Oh, and Bill Hicks is awesome.

Do you use any of these terms ( rationalist, freethinker, spiritual, skeptic, atheist, agnostic, traditional believer, humanist) to describe yourself? (Please add any "labels" you feel would apply)

Not a lot. I am generally disliking labels that put people in boxes and don't accurately describe our deepest nature. I describe myself as things like: "a person," "a human," "a human being," "a sentient being," etc. I have found myself saying that I'm experiencing freethinking and atheism. Were I to get in a horrible bike accident and experience a vegetative state, I would remain a human being, but would be having no experience of atheism, for instance. Recently, I've been thinking a lot (as someone who enjoys freely thinking) about beliefs and the inner experience of them -- I experience beliefs generally as recurring thoughts that are generally married with the thought "I believe this thing." But they are just thoughts that people are experiencing. And inasmuch as the thoughts don't change the nature of the person (just their experience of the world), I kind of see beliefs as ornamentation, but not defining element of who a person fundamentally is. If that makes any sense.

Introduction

Hi, my name is Michael Clark. I was raised in the Catholic tradition and lost my beliefs around the age of 18. I suppose one could say a variety of things about my experience, but freethinking is certainly resonating right now! :)

What Michael C. is saying about this Meetup Group

I don't have a sense of exactly what "Center for Inquiry" is, but I enjoyed meeting people and talking with them and getting to know a little bit about them and share some of my experiences.


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