Man, California, USA
Full disclosure, I identify as an agnostic because I know it is impossible to prove the non-existence of a god. However, I am functionally an atheist, because I rate the probability of God's existence at vanishingly small; practically nil. I reach this conclusion because I have been a student of science most of my life, and science tells me (us) that no supernatural force is required to explain everything we see in nature. And virtually everything reported to be supernatural is found to be either a deceptive fraud or completely unsubstantiated claim.Full Bio
I've done all kinds of work: carpentry, welding, plumbing, electrical, drywall, paint, concrete, truck driving (everything up to and including 18 wheelers), ditch digging, bucking hay, stocking a chicken farm, managing a manufacturing plant (ceramics), auto mechanics (including full engine rebuilding), fishing, boat building,....a Jack of all trades (and master of none ). I studied geology in college, biology on my own, and taught both in bilingual classes (English and Spanish) at the high school level for 20 years.
I have always been an avid reader with eclectic tastes. The book that got me interested in science was The Immense Journey, by Loren Isley. I got interested in neuroscience reading Oliver Sacks in the New Yorker, then progressed to V.S. Ramachandran and Gerald Edelman. I surveyed cosmology with Carl Sagan and Timothy Ferris. My favorite Niels are Schubin (the anatomist), DeGrasse Tyson (the astrophysicist), and Young (of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young fame). My first guide to mythology was Edith Hamilton, but Joseph Campbell really delivered the goods. I got a firm grounding in evolutionary biology starting with Stephen Jay Gould, then Richard Dawkins, then E.O Wilson, and of course, the great Ernst Mayr.
For me the question of god(s) is so settled that I no longer give it much thought, except to marvel at the destruction one misbegotten idea can wreak on a civilization. I am deeply interested in the nexus of science, nature, politics, religion, history, law, economics, technology, education, and art. I am fascinated by the current information-age-globalization-climate-change-market capitalism-train wreck. It is both riveting and horrifying. I can hardly take my eyes off it. But I do get frequent breaks, riding my bike, sailing, and occasionally playing some guitar (and trying not to sing out of key). I look forward to reading your posts and comments. Be cool y'all!