So I definitely have opinions, although it wasn't until a couple years ago that I could actually back up all my thinking.
I come from a math family - both parents are mathematicians - and so naturally this is what I'm studying in college (Oregon State University). For those who haven't been exposed to it, math is alot like philosophy: ideas are postulated, definitions are presented, then logical conclusions are drawn. This way of thinking trickled down to all areas of my life. Logic, and an almost axiomatic way of viewing the world became the cornerstone of my existence!
It shouldn't be surprising that the first thing out the window was my religion. I grew up Catholic and man, talk about nonsense. It's funny, I still owe most of my morals to my Cathoic upbringing - but the difference is that now I'm liberated from any garbage dogmas. Who is to say that I can't find reasons to be a good person without believing in a fairy tale?
I'm sure I'll get into all that religion/ethics stuff later, so I'll wrap this up by throwing out a few things about myself!
Name: Peter Mart
Location: Corvallis/Portland, Oregon
Interests: sports: tennis, basketball (go Blazers!), hiking, backpacking, traveling
Music: I love rock, but I'm kinda all over the place. I actually play bass for a band called Honest to Empire. Check us out!
Favorite Authors: Michael Crichton, Nick Hornby, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens
Anyhow, that's enough for my brief introduction. I really look forward to contributing to this online community! WOOOOOO!!!