I agree with some (a lot) of what Marty Stone describes in his life, except the dismal backwater part because I live in a beautiful mountain area. I can escape the preachings and jabberings about the dusty old book. I can avoid them, and be glad that I only teach my own children critical thinking skills without being responsible for other people's children. How awful for the child encouraged to memorize bible verses. Maybe teach the phone book A-Z, that would be a tiny bit more helpful, unless someday she finds herself on "Jeopardy!" and there is a whole category of Old Testament Who's Who.
Well, fortunately, I'm in the outskirts of Acworth and not in the 'downtown' area. Geographically speaking, i'm about 25 miles due north of downtown Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Downtown Acworth is really quite a dismal backwater.
Unfortunately, most of the 'deep South' where I reside is anything but ungodly. Well, in a way, all the 'godliness' is very ungodly - but that's another story altogether....
In fact, I consider myself the 'Village Atheist' - in contrast to the 'Villiage Idiots' - which in this case is actually most everyone else.
I know. It seems a bit extreme. But I'm not joking. For example, my wife is a 5th Grade teacher (kids are about 11 - 12 years old). The school year started today in fact and she has a new crop of minds to try and teach critical thinking skills. One of her students transferred over from a religious school. The child's most noteworthy skill: Memorizing Bible Verses. Her previous religious school teacher noted that this skill will carry her far. Isn't that special?
But we soldier along. Doing our level best to help ensure that the future of this once great nation of ours is not left to the willfully ignorant and feeble minded fundies that seem to be so plentiful in this modern age.
Thanks for the invite. I have been going through the archives for the Skeptic's Tank podcast recently, and I am very happy to hear about the goings on down under. I fully intend to make a visit to Australia in the next year, and meeting like-minded poeple there is a top priority, after I take care of business.
G'day Doc! It's always a good day when you make a new friend - especially one that isn't a superstitious, mind numbing, looney!
I hope someday to make it to Australia - where (so I hear) the people are warm and the beer is cold. And, if I do have that opportunity, I'll let you know in advance so that you can either leave town or tell me how to come and pay you a proper visit!
one of my first experiences with the larger nexus was in 1995. I'd gotten the latest version of Anarchy, a great FTP client, had installed it, and was working through the docs. I ran one of the Applescript examples, which didn't work, so I emailer peter Lewis, the software's author, telling him what I'd done and asking for advice. This was at about 9:00pm in Cincinnati, OH. I then started to work on something else, figuring I'd hear from Peter, if at all, in a couple of days. 10 minutes later, Eudora beeped, I opened my mail, and there was a message from Peter Lewis. He'd been unablevyo find the error in his code, so he'd passes my inquiry on to his friend Quinn, the Applescript expert; Quinn had found the problem, and Peter was sending me the corrected example code.
I was in Cincinnati, Peter was in Melbourne, and Quinn was in Perth. My sense of awe and wonderful potential of this marvelous technology that men hath wrought has stayed with me.
G'day, mate, and thanks for adding me as a friend.