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Friday, June 27, 2008

Fun with memes

NateM passed this on to me. I don't usually bother with these tagging games, but I found this one hard to resist.

Q1. How would you define “atheism”?

Social autism.

Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?

Yes. Baptist.

Q3. How would you describe “Intelligent Design”, using only one word?

Irrelevant.

Q4. What scientific endeavour really excites you?

Since many would probably classify it as a scientific endeavour, I'd say artificial intelligence even though I consider it to be a technological development rather than a scientific one. As for actual science, I'm looking forward to seeing genetic science used to create new medical technologies as well as eventually demolishing the theory of evolution by natural selection.

Q5. If you could change one thing about the “atheist community”, what would it be and why?

What: Realizing the illusion of its supposed dedication to rational materialism and science.
Why: Because it is very, very difficult to have a rational and intelligent conversation with an irrational, maleducated individual who is convinced that he is more rational and more educated than everyone else on the sole basis of his childhood disbelief in the supernatural.

Q6. If your child came up to you and said “I’m joining the clergy”, what would be your first response?

"Are you sure you're up for the challenge?" The Bible makes it clear that more is expected of those who put themselves in positions of spiritual leadership. It's not for the faint of heart, and there's no shortage of examples of weak men being all too easily destroyed in those roles.

Q7. What’s your favourite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?

The evidence argument. It's proven to be rather difficult to refute since the vast majority of atheists have a very poor understanding of what evidence is - their tendency towards science fetishism often causes them to believe only scientific evidence is evidence - and quickly find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to deny the existence of things they quite clearly believe. Turning it around, I quite enjoy dealing with the atheist Argument by Imperfect Design.

Q8. What’s your most “controversial” (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?

I'll leave that up to others to decide.

Q9. Of the “Four Horsemen” (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favourite, and why?

Intellectually, Dennett. But personally, I think Harris is the most open-minded and would probably the most interesting to have dinner with.

Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?

Their beliefs in what? God? Equality? The certain triumph of the Worker's ParadiseEnlightenment?

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