I have been asked to write a series of guest posts on the blog “I love you but you’re going to hell”. I have been following this blog almost since I first started on WordPress. I love the balanced viewpoints that Adam Laats expresses, so I am thrilled that he has asked me to write a series on my journey from science-denying to scientist! Go check it out and check out the rest of his blog as well! Here is a short excerpt.
As a scientist, it’s a bit awkward for me to confess that I used to be a science denier. I would never have classified myself as such at the time. I would have called myself an intelligent, well-educated, critically thinking, aspiring physicist. Yet I was a fervent believer in 6-day Biblical creation, I staunchly disbelieved global warming, I thought homosexuality was a conscious decision to rebel against God, and I was deeply skeptical of any sort of environmental preservation initiatives, even though I was a devoted nature-lover. Yep, I was about as bad of a science-denier as they come.
Despite all of this, I cannot think too ill of my younger self for my ignorant beliefs. Admitting them is uncomfortable, of course, but largely because of misunderstandings in the secular and science communities regarding these sorts of beliefs and the people who hold them. The prevailing opinion is that science-deniers are stupid, uneducated, unable to think critically, and usually just too stubborn to admit they are wrong. I certainly am not going to excuse my former beliefs, but I also do not believe they were a result of stupidity, stubbornness or even a lack of research or study. The truth behind them is much deeper and more complex than most of my peers realize. This is why I am writing; I want to chronicle my transition from science-denier to scientist, hopefully helping others understand the anti-science mindset, the actions and attitudes that contribute to it, and the attitudes from my more science-savvy peers that made my transition either easier or harder.”
Read the rest in the link above!