I like these tag games when theyre nice and short 🙂
Q1. How would you define “atheism”?
Lack of belief in any form of deity. It doesnt mean you wont fall for a pyramid scheme. It doesnt mean you dont believe in ghosts or astrology or Tom Cruise.
It just means you dont believe in a deity.
Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?
My mom is ‘Jewish’ and my dad is ‘Catholic.’ I have cousins who are ‘Southern Baptist’, ‘Mormon’, ‘Lutheran’, ‘Pagan’, ‘Deist’…
So no. I wasnt raised in a religious household.
Q3. How would you describe “Intelligent Design”, using only one word?
Q4. What scientific endeavor really excites you?
hehehe No, Im really excited about how we are sequencing every genome we can get our hands on, and looking at the ERVs we find. And sequencing all the genomes we can find in our mouths and on our butts and in the clouds and in volcanoes and in the mud of the rain forest– just to see what kinds of viruses are out there to further elucidate the impact they have had on the evolution of life on this planet.
Q5. If you could change one thing about the “atheist community”, what would it be and why?
I know a lot of people in the ‘atheist community’ go through a ‘rebellious’ stage. I didnt have to go through it myself, but I completely understand how its a necessary stage in some peoples deconversion process… but its just so cliche, it always makes me wince. Especially when some appear not to mature beyond it.
Q6. If your child came up to you and said “I’m joining the clergy”, what would be your first response?
“And thats why we dont let 8 year olds drink whiskey, honey.”
Q7. What’s your favourite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?
Theist: “God is so beautiful! God is love! God is a rainbow on a sunny summer day!”
Me: “I study babies who are rotting in their own skins.”
Q8. What’s your most “controversial” (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?
I dont think I have any? Maybe my stance on Israel/Palestine is controversial. I think everyone 12 years of age or younger (or anyone who doesnt give a crap) should be taken from the country. Everyone left gets one six-inch knife. Whoever is left standing, Jew or Muslim or Christian, gets THE HOLY LAND.
I really dont know why anyone didnt think of this solution before.
Q9. Of the “Four Horsemen” (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favourite, and why?
Id drink with any of them.
Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?
The next president of the US.
Who do I tag? ALL THE ATHEISTS IN MY BLAGROLL* BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
* Technically, the blagroll isnt set up yet because Im spazzing at work… just answer if you want to 🙂