"Quiet please, the Mets are trying to play baseball."

As a Mets fan, I just couldn’t pass up this story:

Quiet please, the Mets are trying to play baseball.

The Amazin’s are silently floating plans for a “designated quiet-seating section” in Citi Field.

The team e-mailed a survey to fans yesterday, asking about their ballpark experience — including queries about the scoreboard, between-inning entertainment, music, and even interactions with Mr. Met.

But the one question that virtually jumped off the e-mail was: “The Mets are considering adding a designated ‘quiet’ seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?”

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I admit, the more I am thinking about this the more I am actually wanting to sit in the quiet section. This might mean I am getting old or something but I know I sure would not miss the blaring scoreboard gimmicks meant to keep interested and engaged those who apparently either hate baseball or the people they came with.

But during big rallies, the organ and some of the other gimmicks are there for a reason, they really do help everyone get into the spirit of things.

So, here we go, the epic Camels With Hammers blogathon for the Secular Student Alliance—a blogathon which will feature more than 15 interviews, debates, and more nebulous conversations about a wide range of philosophical, political, theological, and social issues—begins with an off-topic question: would you prefer to sit in the quiet section of a baseball stadium?

Your Thoughts?

This is 1 post of 24 in the Camels With Hammers blogathon on behalf of the Secular Student Alliance. Please consider donating to this vital organization which provides an invaluable resource to young people struggling to get out of, overcome, or contend against irrationalism, and to build relationships with fellow atheists, humanists, and secularists.

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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