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Fort Collins, CO

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October 20, 2012

What is your background? Include any/all information you think is relevant.

I grew up in suburbia, traded between divorced parents; thanks to their broken relationship and disagreements, I learned rational skepticism early. I read a bunch of science fiction at a very young age, fell in with intellectual miscreants in school, became an anarcho-capitalist in high school rather than waste the folly of my youth on something trite and lame like revolutionary communism, became an apathetic nihilist as I fell out of airplanes and shot at things for Uncle Sam, drifted into philosophical Taoism, and ultimately developed a comprehensive (but not explicitly, fully specified) ethical system founded on metaphysical cautionary reasoning about the (essentially unprovable) possibility of universal morality.

How do you identify? For example, do you define yourself as an atheist? Skeptic? Humanist? All of these, or none of the above? Do you find that these labels are important to your life? Why or why not?

autodidact; ethical theorist; geek; individualist; open source developer; reader

What topics are you interested in discussing? (Science, politics, religion, philosophy, etc.)

most of them, probably

What kind of meetup events would you like to see in the future? Do you prefer to just hang out with your fellow skeptics, or are you interested in taking action publicly?

Alcohol consumption is not high on my list of priorities, but I'm pretty flexible for now.


Rational skepticism isn't dismissing every Wikipedia reference. It's reading the citations on the Wikipedia article to figure out what evidence you can find. Don't just believe anything: establish working assumptions and change them when needed.

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