Hi All! I have had a rather difficult weekend, so I thought I would “repurpose” something I wrote before about my time in Texas. I’ve mentioned before here I have Texas issues.
Teek has written about the origins of her skepticism, and while I certainly was a scientist/skeptic when I started that job, the experiences I had there really made me begin to be a skeptic in a formal way. I began to examine both my assumptions about religion, and the literature about why people get so damn cranky when you disagree with them.
My first day on campus is one of my favorite stories:
On my first day of work as a new assistant professor at the Permian Basin branch of the University of Texas, I signed in and bantered with one of the university secretaries, a nice woman who wanted to make me feel welcome.
After we established that I did not wish to purchase any Amway products, she invited me to go to church with her family that weekend. “Oh, no thanks,” I said.
“It’s a lovely Lutheran church. You’ll love it.”
After a few more urgings on her part, I gave her the truth: “Um, actually, I’m an agnostic.”
“Oh. Well, I don’t think we have one of those churches here. You’ll probably have to drive to Lubbock.”
One book I read during that period which I really loved was “Naming the Antichrist.” It’s a great history of (as it’s subtitle says) “an American Obsession.” Since I was being named an agent of the guy, I wanted to learn more about him.Ã‚Â If you like history non-fiction, I recommend this one!