Background Probability

The Agnostic Popular Front has moved to its new home at Skeptic Ink, and will henceforth be known as Background Probability. Despite the relocation and rebranding, we will continue to spew the same low-fidelity high-quality bullshit that you've come to expect.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

#AtheismPlus vs. #Skepticism

The founders of A+ have claimed that skepticism will be one of their foundational principles. Let's look at what happens when one of the A+ advocates is challenged to provide facts to back up their paranoid claims:

What I love about this exchange is how fully it recapitulates so many of my experiences talking to A-plussers. 

Me: I am skeptical about some of your claims.
Them: What, you doubt that [given form of bigotry] is real?
Me: No, just this one hyperbolic claim that you made, right here.

Wow, just wow. This right here is why some skeptics doubt whether plussers are a plus to our movement.


Abbie said...

I think he was just being hyperbolic. If his point was that there is islamophobia in the atheist community, he's dead on. *cough*samharris*cough*.

Damion said...

An honest skeptic would own up to being hyperbolic.

Steve Vanden-Eykel said...

My objection is the absurdity of thinking there's any kind of equivalence between thinking Muslims should be shot, and thinking it's OK to speak to women in elevators.