I hold down a graduate-job in the south of the UK. I was born in 1989 and I eat too much sugar.
My job involves a lot of driving, and I choose to fill that time with audiobooks and talk radio. But sometimes I don’t fill the time at all, and I find myself formulating ideas and explanations. I also find myself doing this when I cycle and occasionally even when I work out.
I blog for the simple reason that I want to write those ideas down and enjoy sharing them with an audience that is not shy about rebuttal and criticism. I write discussions, debates, polemics and heuristics on an array of things, with an inexplicable focus on religion.
I have become increasingly conscious of my focus on religion, and tried to move away from it. I agree with many of my atheist blogger colleagues that religion and the epistemology that underpins pure religion has a potential to be a retrograde force in the world and that immunising fundamentalist, bigoted views against criticism under the guise of “tolerance” is a politically and socially dangerous move. However, I live in the UK and save for extreme global examples like ISIS, we don’t see that kind of discourse actually taking place. Not to mention that I don’t believe that religious communities are actually filled with pure-religion philosophies; it is a source of great comfort that most religious people I have met actually have a great respect for science and ethical discussions that don’t rest on their personal interpretation a Holy Book.
That said, I believe religion is one symptom of the human mind’s tendency to prefer non-critical thinking. And so, what used to fascinate me about religion also fascinates me about Brexit. Except, with Brexit, no one can pretend it is just a personal belief, the impacts will be felt across my home country.
I am, however, interested in a vast array of other areas: language, storytelling, food and water security, philosophy, science and social commentary are all areas I enjoy discussing. I plan to start to move away from religious conversation for this reason: there are more immediately important, interesting and polemic discussions to be had.
I hope my longer pieces will always be broken down with subheadings. That is because my intention is to have people properly engage, and a broken down blog is simply easier to read.
I will put PayPal buttons around my blog, but I won’t ever actually ask for money. To date (9 Aug 2019) I have made no money from this blog.