Greetings. Interesting Forum
Hi. Greatest_Curse here. I was stumbling through the net and found this place.
To get to the point, I'm not really an atheist. Or maybe if you think of it another way, I am. Just another one of those somewhat agnostic types going through the stage in rational inquiry where one wonders whether atheism/rational inquiry/etc is just the same old game as theism but wrapped up in a different mask. Of course, I'm not referring to the shallow, of little thought, "ride the fence" kind of philosophy. More like the "is human perception a valid forum from which to judge 'truth' from, or whether or not the term even makes any sense" kind of perspective.
As a physics and math student, that kind of thorn-in-the-eye, postmodernist type of philosopher has always annoyed the living daylights out of me. And yet, here I am, slowly succumbing to the thought process after watching so many wildlife television programs and contemplating how other animals view (or rather, don't view) such metaphysical questions.
Which brings me to my chosen screen name. As we all know (well, the atheists here, anyway), we are nothing but ashes and dust. Here today, gone tomorrow, just like every other creature. And yet, we are completely aware of this fact, at least on some rudimentary conscious levels. This awareness brought us animism, "sympathetic magic," religion, the enlightenment, science, and the always annoying philosophers. And so I've chosen the name Greatest_Curse, from the lyrics of a song by Funeral which thoughtfully attacks both of the most abundant paradigms in modern metaphysical thought.
It seems to me we've taken one "truth" and replaced it with another. We've taken old heroes (Jesus, Michael Behe, Josh McDaniels, Dr. Dino), and replaced them with knew ones (Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, Ken Miller (for some of us, anyway), etc).
So the point I'm making is (and again, this is coming from a science student in college), were we better off when our days consisted of watching the horizon all day, relaxing in the breeze while lazily looking for predators, and occasional hunts/migrations?
Anyway, I guess that's a bit too philosophy-heavy for an introduction post. Just trying to explain the screen name. But good to be here. Hopefully I'll be able to stick around a while and learn some things from fellow inquiring minds.
The fundamental laws of our universe
As they are taught us by our greatest curse