August 10, 2012
Interaction with people who are interested in thinking critically and perhaps challenging each other's beliefs.
Since a gradual disillusionment with magical thinking as a teenager, my ideas about religion have developed, and now I basically think of them as comforting myths that are on a par with other fairytales (with occasionally worthwhile morals of the story, but never so profound as to warrant the ongoing widespread indoctrination of people). There is no single event I can point to, but such things as developing some skill in critical thinking and logic, understanding the role of evidence in supporting the truth of a belief, noticing that scientific and secular accounts are often much more interesting than the dumbed-down or obscurantist narratives found throughout religious and spiritualistic literature, seeing the prevalence of self-deception in psychology (which in terms of religion is basically a mortality coping mechanism) have clarified the absurdity of religious belief and other kinds of magical thinking. I've also been inspired by people like Christopher Hitchens and A.C. Grayling.
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I have lived in Colorado Springs for 17 years, have a bachelors degree in analytic philosophy and experimental psychology (UCCS, 2012), and am running for CO-5 on the Green Party ticket.