November 8, 2013
As a scientist I'm a committed rationalist and so must be skeptical of religion, which has little or no authority in scientific matters. As a skeptic I reject atheism's false and arrogant claim to unverifiable knowledge. Agnosticism seems more logically justifiable. But as a humanist I am interested in these questions.
I reject atheism as logically unsupportable. I'm sympathetic with agnostics for their humility and for their worthwhile quest. I suspect that most humans have deep emotional needs for religion, and that many ancient religious texts contain universal truths that inspire hope and promote compassion for living things.
I am an engineer/independent scientist/consultant working past retirement age. I'm also attracted to the humanities. Born and raised in Chicago. I love classical music. I travel, too. Sometimes to exotic places, in pursuit of my scientific interests.
Interesting that when seats opened, group spontaneously reconfigured itself demographically (an all male group and an all-but-one female group)