Escape from the Woo Zoo

Escape from the Woo Zoo: Born Free

This is part of our Teen Skepchick series, Escape from the Woo Zoo, in which regular people tell stories of how they gave up unsubstantiated beliefs in favor of evidence and skepticism. You can read previous installments here. As with all children, I was born a clean slate: I knew nothing, believed …

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Escape from the Woo Zoo: The Case for Not Going Through the Motions

This is part of our Teen Skepchick series, Escape from the Woo Zoo, in which regular people tell stories of how they gave up unsubstantiated beliefs in favor of evidence and skepticism. You can read previous installments here. High school was an emotionally draining time. Captain Obvious just walked through …

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Escape from the Woo Zoo

Escape From the Woo Zoo: Or at least I’m trying to

While thinking about writing this post I started to come up with a very grand list of reasons why I actually make a pretty horrible skeptic. I consider myself Christian, I become convinced of whatever those Nostradamus episodes on the History Channel tell me, I constantly tell my boyfriend that …

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Escape from the Woo Zoo: The Questions Keeping me Awake During Nap Time

This story is reposted from my blog. I was a child of Atheist parents. I, like all other children, came into the world with no concept of God whatsoever. I was unaware of my parent’s lack of belief for some time, though. When I was… well, I don’t remember at …

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Escape from Woo Zoo: A Story I Wish I Didn’t Have to Tell

When I was about 6, my mother took me and my sister to the theatre to see FairyTale: A True Story. And so the skeptical journey began. A lot more happened between then and now too. For reasons my parents have yet to share, I spent the first six years …

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Escape From the Woo Zoo

My first escape from the Woo Zoo, and the birth of my interest in science and skepticism, came in fifth grade. I had one of those teachers that every child loves to have, both because she was so nice, and because she was easily steered into tangents from the lesson …

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Escape from the Woo Zoo: One Spoonful at a Time

My escape from the Woo Zoo didn’t happen overnight. It did not involve a quick lock pick and zip line from the giraffe feeding trough over the wall to freedom. Instead, my escape was more of a slow digging process that took years. I tunneled out one spoonful at a …

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Escape From the Woo Zoo: How “Believing in Nothing” Leaves You Open to Everything! (Part 1)

Realistically, it is pretty difficult to “believe in nothing,” but this seems to be the best way to describe my childhood. I grew up in a household sans religion for the most part. Yes, we celebrated the major holidays (to my atheist father’s chagrin I’m sure) but that was it. …

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