I have a confession to make: I’m bored with the whole skeptic movement.
I kindof feel like it’s no different than going to church had been for me when I was a Christian. Yeah, I’m an atheist, a materialist, a bright, a humanist, whatever you want to call me. I don’t believe in God or the supernatural and I love science. But I am not in the mood to make fun of people who believe in strange things, to laugh at pictures of Jesus on toast, or to argue about pet psychics, religion and politics, or who’s a good or bad parent. I’m not into attending skeptical church services (even if they’re at bars), or tent meetings like TAM. I don’t want to fawn over PZ or Richard Dawkins or even Rebecca the way so many people I knew at church fawned over preachers and televangelists. When I was a Christian, I wanted to beÂ one of the Christian stars; but today I don’t want to be a skeptic or atheist star. I don’t even want to hang out with famous or infamous skeptics. In fact, I am not interested in only hanging out with people who are just like me and who believe all of the same things that I believe. It’s all so not scratching my itch right now.Â
My question for you is, What do you get out of participating in the skeptic movement and blogs such as this one?