Growing up, I didn't like science. It's not that I didn't believe in it, it's just that it was hard to learn. Some concepts I had trouble grasping, others I would have trouble remembering, and then there was the math...
I was much more interested in the humanities because they came easier to me. I'm a good writer, and majored in English in college. As I got a little older, I developed a passing interest in science, particularly as it pertained to new technology, astronomy, and evolutionary biology. But, I never invested in real study of science-- just Discovery Channel documentaries, popular science articles and such.
Since getting involved in the atheist community, primarily on blogs and this site, I've come to desire a deeper understanding of science and critical thinking. Studying literature does help teach you critical thinking, but not in the same way as science. I see just how intelligent and knowledgeable many of you are, and feel that maybe my years ignoring math and science were wasted. I'm still fairly young, at 27, but the years where knowledge is best absorbed are behind me.
Currently I'm reading Massimo Pigliucci's book "Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science From Bunk." It's a good read, and fairly accessible so far, to a novice like me (mostly, I suspect because its content is the philosophy of science rather than hard science), but from there, I'm at a loss as to where to go next. I want to learn more simply to become a more rounded person. Also, I want this knowledge to help develop my debating skills.
I'm not sure of my motivation for writing this, except maybe to whine. Is there anyone else out there like me? Atheists and skeptics with little science background?