Matt

Location:

Chicago, IL

Member since:

March 10, 2010

What was your path to skepticism?

I think I'm skeptically inclined by nature. Unfortunately I was fiercely indoctrinated into fundamental christianity from the very moment of my self-awareness, so it took me almost 2 decades on this planet to figure out that there wasn't, after all, something wrong with me and my lack of conviction in my puny faith. It was merely healthily budding skepticism from an inquisitive young mind. Prior to reaching the ever so liberating conclusion that it's OK not to be afraid of denying my family's beliefs, I realized I had more faith than I previously thought. Convinced I was doomed for hell and could do nothing about it, I nearly had a breakdown at age 20, didn't want to live, but was too afraid of hell to want to die, and tried harder than ever to prove my faith. Six months later I was a comfortable agnostic/atheist. That is how my skepticism started, though it stagnated for a few years until I started debunking an ex-girlfriend's astrological crap. I was now a skeptic beyond atheism.

What is the best day and time for you to meet?

Can't really say...

Are you alarmed by the state of scientific knowledge among the general population in America?

How can I not be?

Are there issues or topics you'd especially like to discuss?

The value of a Humanistic worldview... so called "human nature".... Anthropological perspectives... Genetics and race... Evolutionary theory and the overall incompatibility of science and religion... Truth and Philosophical relativism... And, lately, I'm really peeved by anti-GMO hysteria...

Introduction

I'm an outdoor enthusiast studying natural history/forestry science. I enjoy hiking, cycling, birding, wildlife photography, longboarding, conversation, conservation, and general skepticism. Land surveying and arboriculture currently pay the bills.


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