Don’t Forget The Rest of Us

Atheism and Science:  the peanut butter and jelly of the non-religious world.  There is absolutely no denying that the 2 go splendidly together for so many reasons.  They help each other out, build each other up, support each other, they’re like a damn married couple, a healthy one anyway.  I can’t imagine that anyone would disagree with this idea, or what their reasoning would be.  But now I wonder, where do the rest of us fit in?  If you have ever met me, you know that I am far from a scientist.  Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of respect for the field and I find a lot of it very interesting, but science is just not for me.  So now I have to ask myself, where do I fit in to the atheism world?  I’ve only recently delved into this area, as opposed to just going my own way with it, and the more I see, the more I see mathematicians, scientists, math and science students, math and science enthusiasts, and the list goes on.  I, on the other hand, do not fit into that category.  The topic interests me, but I could never make it my life or full-time study.  I’m not complaining about that, or saying that it is a bad thing in any way, but it does make me wonder how I fit into all of this.

Before you holler, I’m well aware of the meaning of atheism, that it is the non-belief, no more, no less.  But in the current state of things, there is, and has to be, more to it than that.  Whether people want to join a specific group or not (more on that later), it is hard to deny that this is a movement and we can only keep progressing.  So I have to wonder again, where do I fit into this?  I’m not a scientist, nor do I really understand much about science at all, so I can’t exactly be a part of the team revealing to us more of evolution, the universe, all those things that these guys work on.  I’ve always been much more of a liberal arts type.  Yes, I consider myself a nerd, but not the type that’s mixing things in a chemistry lab, more the type that can read for hours on end or have heated discussions about events in history.  I’m the type that could spend a week at the Art Institute of Chicago and still not be done seeing what I want to see. 

Unfortunately, getting lost in a book or a painting doesn’t really do much in this area.  Maybe that’s why I’m here.  I can’t sit in a laboratory and hash out the mysteries of the universe, but I can sit at a computer as an everyman. 

But here’s my point in all this rambling: we can’t forget about the guys like me.  I worry that putting all the focus on the union between atheism and science may have a negative effect on some people and in some areas.  Never ever stop the continuing study of science and unveiling everything we can about Earth, the Milky Way, and the rest of this awesome universe, but while you’re doing that, please don’t forget about the rest of us who, on many occasions, may not have a clue what you’re talking about, but are still most assuredly on board for the trip.

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Forget The Rest of Us

  1. MorningV says:

    I think people like you (and me) still have a place in the atheism/science relationship because even though you may not understand or get really into the science aspect, you still respect it as truth. I think that’s the biggest factor here. Atheism and science go so well together because science is often support for atheism, and in the other direction, people who are atheists mostly view science as fact. I have Christian friends who are REALLY into science, but can’t accept evolution because of their beliefs and there is a huge disconnect there. That doesn’t exist for atheists. There is no barrier for them in acknowledging the truth of scientific discoveries. I don’t think that means that atheism is just for the math and science types, however. I think there is a definite beauty in the unknown universes, the extreme length of human history, the vastness of our technological potential that can only be expressed by us liberal arts types. In some ways, I think there is more potential for art in atheism because it’s so unlimited. There are no conventional images to adhere to or even defined ideas to express. There is limitless potential for creativity in both inspiration and expression. So embrace it all!

  2. kopfkrabbe says:

    I think even though you’re not a scientist you have at least one important thing in common with them: you’re a critical thinker, willing to adapt your opinions to the facts and convinced of the scientific method as the best means available to discern fact from fiction. Even if you didn’t have that, you’d still be part of the “atheism community”, if there is such a thing ;). I know of atheists who, despite not believing in a god, believe other outrageous absurdities. If you’re interested in other atheists who are not *that* much into science themselves, I’d like to recommend freethoughtblogs.com to you. It’s an interesting variety of blogs dealing with a large variety of topics (also a lot of feminism and social justice issues recently) from different perspectives, not only strictly science. I believe you fit in just fine!

    • wordofwoz says:

      I have spent quite a bit of time reading the things on freethoughtblogs.com already, I love what they’re doing there. And yeah, I know there’s a place for everyone in the “atheism community,” it’s just sometimes a little harder to find.

      Thanks for commenting!

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