James

Co-Organizer

Official Photographer and Awesome Skeptic

Location:

Hong Kong

Member since:

March 28, 2014

How did learn about Skepticism and "Skeptics in the Pub?"

I became a skeptic gradually over the course of quite a long period of time; I can't point to an exact moment or event. Most of my exposure was through YouTube videos of Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, and Dennett, and I've just blossomed as a skeptic over the past year or so. I'm still a relative neophyte, although it's a great interest of mine, and I would love to be a more active participant in the skeptical/humanist/secularist community. I literally found out about HK Skeptics by Googling it on a whim. I've been looking for ways to meet new people here, and it occurred to me that it would be great if I could find a local skeptics community, and so here I am.

Have you ever been a member of a Skeptical organization anywhere else in the world?

I haven't, although I do listen to the SGU podcast and have seriously thought about springing for a membership.

Do you have any questions or comments about the nature of our activities? Skepticism is not a universally agreed upon term as so can be misleading.

As long as the group's dedication really is to skepticism, i.e. logical, rational inquiry into all matters and a high standard of evidence for belief, then I think everything will be fine.

Tell the group and the organizers a little bit about yourself. Include things like nationality, places you've lived, things you like to do, etc.

I'm from the US, but I moved away over a year ago after really just getting sick of the political and religious climate there. The US isn't the easiest place to be an outspoken, militant atheist, and my stance on religion has caused friction between me and some of my family and closest friends. I moved to Budapest, Hungary to complete a TEFL course and earn teaching certification. I remained in Budapest for almost a year, teaching English to adults. I found my current job as an SAT/ACT tutor with The Edge Learning Centers here in HK, and I only arrived about 6 weeks ago. This is my first ever visit to Asia, but I love the city so far and am glad I came.

Introduction

I'm a teacher by trade - Latin first, then ESL, now Test Prep. My academic interests are mostly linguistic and pedagogical; personally I enjoy photography and traveling to new places.


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