Official introduction post

So, this is the post where I say random things about myself that may or may not be relevant, and end with a comment policy. But I’m not starting with the comment policy, because that would be boring.

I’ve been an atheist since I was 16, and started blogging a couple years after that. I remember when Greta Christina and John W. Loftus joined the blogosphere. I’ve been around for that long. But before you start thinking of me as an old hand, let me say that I actually have no idea what I’m doing.

Before I became an atheist, I had been raised as a vague liberal Christian. In  case you were wondering.

I spent three semesters as a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, after which I left with a masters (I was supposed to be studying for a Ph.D.) and a rather dim view of academic philosophy. This means I can field your questions about philosophy in an informed way, but am likely to give somewhat different answers than Dan Fincke. A few questions I may have no idea how to answer–not too long ago I got asked about the “proper relationship between philosophy and science,” to which I inwardly responded “I don’t even know what proper philosophy is.” Except I’m going to take a whack at answering that question soon anyways.

(The above was  a hint to go ahead and use this thread to hit me with questions about philosophy, ethics, William Lane Craig, Alvin Plantinga, etc.)

On OK Cupid’s politics test, I scored 80% socially permissive and 60% economically permissive, just barely on the “Democrat” side of the Democrat/Libertarian line, which fits with how I feel pretty well. In more concrete terms, I generally find myself agreeing with Matt Yglesias and Glenn Greenwald. Ed Brayton’s political blogging is pretty awesome too.

The Selfish Gene is one of my candidates for best non-fiction book ever written, though in my mind it gets some competition from some of Steven Pinker’s stuff, particularly How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature.

Anything else anyone wants to know?

COMMENT POLICY: At my old blog, I had a pretty liberal policy, but spam, substance-free insults, and blatantly harassing other commenters will result in deleting, banning, and/or disemvoweling. If people do things to make me feel like I need to institute a tighter policy, I’ll institute a tighter policy. Feel free to go off-topic, as long as it isn’t the kind of off-topic message that looks like you’ve been cutting and pasting it to a bunch of different blogs.

P.S. Gnu Atheism rulez!!!!!11!!1!!

P.P.S. I also can’t proofread to save my life. Bear with me on that one. When/if I finish writing my next book, I will hire a professional proofreader before publication.