And I guess I’m bringing up the rear.Â My section here is called ChaoSkeptic which is also the name of my personal blarg (ZOMG, GO THERE NOW, I AM A SHAMELESS WHORE!!).Â I’ll be doing the religious beat here.Â I like hanging out in the tiny sliver of the Venn diagram where religion and skepticism meet.Â Where belief meets disbelief. Where faith runs face first into reality.Â I love the trenches of the Culture War and will do my best to send back dispatches for all of you.Â Hopefully hilarity will ensue.
I guess I should take this time to introduce myself and why I am using the name ChaoSkeptic.Â I’m going to assume all of you know what Discordianism since you are already here.Â Eris. Discord. Strife. fnord.Â Yada yada yada. But I also see Discordianism as an irreligious stance that focuses on the illusion of order and chaos in the universe. It is an attempt to escape dogma of all types. Or as I have called it elsewhere, “militant subjectivism”.
Skepticism, on the other hand, is “a scientific or practical, epistemological position in which one questions the veracity of claims lacking empirical evidence”. It is the rejection of all supernatural explanations in favor of critical thinking and inductive reasoning.
Now you may ask, how do this two things ever intersect and how can someone be a disciple of both? One is about being completely subjective while the other relies whole-heartedly on being objective. As I see it, the main similarity between them is the outright rejection of beliefs. As the late Robert Anton Wilson said, “belief is the death of intelligence.” Or as another wise man said, “A belief is just a thought you keep having.” Holding on too tightly to one ideology or another stops all thought. We should strive to question things as often as possible. And don’t stop questioning until you stop moving.
I hope to point out as many different strange beliefs that are out there in the universe and give a long and hearty laugh at all of them.Â With any luck you’ll be laughing along with me.