Q1. How would you define “atheism”?
An atheist is someone who does not believe that any god, i.e. a being with supernatural attributes exists in reality. Many religious people seem to say that they do not believe that god "exists", but this interpretation seems usually to turn on a very restrictive interpretation of "exists".
Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition?
I was raised more-or-less as a Quaker. There's very little to distinguish how Quakers view "god" from the way rational people view their own personal conscience. Other than shared notions of nonviolence, pacifism and universal humanism, Quakers -- at least those I've met -- require no other endorsements of belief or faith.
Q3. How would you describe “Intelligent Design”, using only one word?
Q4. What scientific endeavor really excites you?
Q5. If you could change one thing about the “atheist community”, what would it be and why?
Nothing. The atheist community is completely self-selected, and each person brings his or her individual judgment and conscience to the table, whether or not I personally agree with that judgment.
Q6. If your child came up to you and said “I’m joining the clergy”, what would be your first response?
"I hope that works out well for you."
Q7. What’s your favorite theistic argument, and how do you usually refute it?
Fine Tuning. The refutation requires a non-trivial understanding of the metaphysics of probability. I love this sort of esoteric shit.
Q8. What’s your most “controversial” (as far as general attitudes amongst other atheists goes) viewpoint?
I'm very critical of even the smallest sort of appeasement of the religious. I'm also becoming interested in communism and socialism. And Randians and Libertarians annoy the shit out of me.
Q9. Of the “Four Horsemen” (Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris) who is your favourite, and why?
Dennett. He's one of the few philosophers who is not only not a complete doofus, but actually very intelligent and clear-minded, and he writes clearly and succinctly.
Q10. If you could convince just one theistic person to abandon their beliefs, who would it be?
It's not my job to convince other people. I just say what I think. If you're convinced or not convinced, that's your issue, not mine.
Now name three other atheist blogs that you’d like to see take up the Atheist Thirteen gauntlet:
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