Cassie 101 (YAY! My first post!)
On Saturday January 5th, 1991, there was a Bush in office and we were at war with Iraq. Unfortunately, it seems that some things haven’t changed since the day I was born. To be fair, I would have to say that the Bush administration has played a big role in my growth as a skeptic. But this isn’t a political blog. So ‘nuff said. But lots of things have changed in my house since that day.
I was born into a Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christian family. My father and his parents were all Pentecostal ministers. Yep, speaking in tongues, laying hands on the sick, falling under the power, the whole enchilada. My grandfather and grandmother founded the church that we attended and my dad was the youth pastor. My father broke away from the church when I was six. He had a kind of mid-life crisis. In this case, it was for the better. He began to question his faith and soon felt that he could no longer accept what the church believed. Today he is a skeptic and a freethinker.
However, back then he didn’t push his beliefs or lack thereof, on me. He wanted me to make up my own mind. So I still went to church with my grandmother until I was around 11. My mother attended with me sometimes, but for her own reasons, she eventually left to attend another church. She is a theist, kind of a cafeteria Christian. She’s also the kindest person I’ve ever met. (Except when I leave the house a mess and take the car…)
My grandfather and grandmother are still active in the Pentecostal church. I really don’t know what my grandfather thinks about our situation, but my grandmother is convinced that God told her that my family would return to the church. I am convinced by observation and evidence that our return is not likely to happen.
Eighth grade science was the first time I learned about evolution. I found it enthralling. It was the most exciting idea I’d ever heard. I was lucky to have a really cool science teacher in eighth grade and he got me really excited about science. About this time it occurred to me that science was the best source for answers about my place in the universe. This began my journey toward skepticism.
Around this time I started debating my friends and family on the topic of evolution. I live in a rural area and let’s just say that my hometown is not loaded with intellectuals. (Sorry, Rebecca, I still can’t believe that you could have been produced by this environment!) I also would argue with people I met online. I would get really ticked when, in the end, after I’d presented all my evidence, they still would disagree. I call this portion of my life my angry atheist stage. I don’t think I was helping our cause very much at this time… I learned since then that that anger and insults are not sufficient tools for convincing people that I am right.
I really got going in skepticism after listening to “The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe” podcast, and through them I discovered Skepchick. I don’t want to sound like a kiss up but Rebecca, SGU and the Skepchicks have played a huge part in my skeptical development and I am thankful for all they have done.
Okay… a few more facts about my favorite subject, me:
Skepticism is my anti-drug, not that I need an anti-drug.
I love school, (although my fall college calculus class scares the living heck out of me).
I love seafood, particularly raw oysters. (And no, they aren’t an aphrodisiac. They just taste great!)
I love my science academy cohorts and science teachers.
As far as my romantic life goes, I really don’t have one. My friends in the science academy possess a firm belief that boys have cooties, so they won’t let me date. By cooties, they basically mean that boys are stupid. This is a hard argument to refute. Not that I have the time to date <sigh>, most of my life is devoted to school, sports, skepticism, family, friends, and maintaining my sanity.
When it comes to my future, I haven’t figured that out yet, but I’ll let you know when I do. However, I am a teenager, therefore I do know everything. So if you have any questions about anything, just send them my way.
Seriously, I am looking forward to having enlightening discussions and sharing the inner workings of my mind with all of you.