LondonUnited Kingdom WC2H 0EA
February 20, 2014
I've been around for some years now and have come to realize something. The fact that even though "free speech" is sold as a right, you cannot really speak your mind at all, for fear of offending someone's unfounded belief. I'm not comfortable with that. There's a tabooed tolerance of unreason and beliefs in dangerous, unfounded ideas that permeates our society. Coming from a culture that, though largely faithful, is very averse to censorship, this baffles me a lot. Maybe it's bias, who knows. So I've found the group after exploring the web, and I'm hoping to meet open minded people that share a simple view: that everything is open to question, while having a good laugh, a good drink, and without the "offense" ghost of honest fact checking.
Recently, the story about Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm getting a government "award" struck a serious cord with me, or perhaps, just finally tipped the scale. When I read the story I thought it was just another weird thing going on in the US. I couldn't believe this was happening in Darwin's brave home country. I hope to be a parent in the future, and I just can't fathom having my tax payer money awarding bogus "education-ism" like this and enabling them to host "educational" visits for covert (well, pretty overt actually) indoctrination. I wanted to know what I could learn that would enable me to raise open minded, skeptical children in the future. I truly had no idea how to inoculate them against brain damage like this when the time would come. I had been aware of RDFRS for a good while now, so decided to dig up more on that, and after a while, one thing led me to PB's methods, then so on, and now to this group, which I had no idea existed. Curious to see will come up of this! :)
Probably yes. Before that though, I wish to educate myself in epistemological conversational methods and other ways of healing and inoculating the malady, and promoting critical thinking as I'm still very ignorant in all of these. If not for anything else, for my future family at least. If somehow on the way I manage to help supporting change, well, that's a bonus right there!
The intrusion on the educational system ticks me a lot. Seeing organized systems of irrational indoctrination causes serious rashes in my neck. Discrimination of skeptic people gives me rashes too. A European policy of self-taboo, of self-censorship, of not being able to say what needs to be said for fear of getting accused with the big bad words just baffles me. My brain is unable to compute this stuff! Blue screen, right there. Well, I could rant on forever, but there's only so many characters in the box. No idea of what activism I would like yet, being the "looooone atheist" dude all my life (until I met my partner) I haven't thought about it at all. I'm really enjoying the one-on-one critical thinking based methods of PB as I can see how pervasive they can be, while bypassing the "I'm offended" paradigm of our society.
Tentatively born and raised in the bubble, though the bubble failed to close. Fortunate to have been born with a low-threshold BS detector, though still working on how to make good use of to it.
Awesome, intelligent and friendly people. Does what is says on the tin!