Welcome to my blog. Yes, this is my first post and like so many first posts it’s rather dull, but since I haven’t written anything for you to skip ahead to yet, it will have to do. The title of this post is a quotation from Jeeves and Wooster, which you should watch if you haven’t. Sadly, Wodehouse has very little to do with the content of this blog, which will primarily focus on the so-called secular community.
I am particularly interested in the skeptical movement, which partly consists of non-profit organizations that encourage the support of scientific education and critical thinking while subjecting paranormal, religious, and pseudo-scientific claims to scrutiny. One such organization, the Centre for Inquiry (CFI), released a “Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism,” which was signed by over 50 prominent scientists and scholars in opposition to the influence of religion on public policy. The need for this declaration is explained as follows:
In our view it is not enough to teach specific technical subjects—important as that is—but to convey to the public a general understanding of how science works. This requires both some comprehension of the methods of scientific inquiry and an understanding of the scientific outlook. The cultivation of critical thinking is essential not only for science but also for an educated citizenry—especially if democracy is to flourish.
Doesn’t that sound marvelous? Other prominent organizations involved in this shared effort include the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and the Skeptics Society. I am especially fond of the JREF, which encourages scientific skepticism through its educational efforts and a one-million-dollar prize to anyone who can provide evidence in support of paranormal claims.
In short, I’m sympathetic to the secular community, a fact which I am not shy in admitting. If that’s not your cup of tea, run away!