December 23, 2012
As a kid, watching NOVA, Cosmos and other shows on PBS. Learning about ancient cultures and how many religions there have been and how they all thought they had The One True Faith, etc. I was raised in a Conservative Baptist home, my parents are still very religious but I don't think it ever took hold -- going to church on Sunday was just what everybody did. Later I started asking too many questions in Sunday School and basically figured out it was all bullshit. The last few years I've become far more vocal about atheism and about how important critical thinking skills are -- and how there's no domain where critical thinking doesn't apply. Imagine how much more amazing human culture and society would be if we rigorously applied engineering principles to our problems. We might actually make some progress.
A sense of community and a way to influence society.
Volunteering time, etc. I'm a software engineer and if I can help with something, I'll help.
My new years resolution is to get more active in local atheist and skeptic groups. I've become more and more horrified by the level of religious influence and lack of critical thinking I see in society recently.