Frequently Asked Questions
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? Money. I need money to purchase food like everyone else.
ARE YOU "RACIST"? No, I'm a speciesist; races aren't real units of evolution. Besides, I love everyone equally; I just don't have a lot of love to go around.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO THIS? At first, it was just scientific wonderment. I made the connection and I was super excited about the possibilities. The magnitude of the ideas really eroded my confidence during the early years, and then life kind of crushed my spirit the rest of the way. I only rebounded so to speak over the last year or so. At the same time, I’d be lying if I said fame and fortune never fuelled my passion for this project but the reality is that I am nothing without readers to support my work. I am nothing. The people around me make me a success or failure. I can think I’m a great writer or a great person but that won’t put food on the table.
DO YOU FEEL GUILTY FOR PERVERTING THE WORD OF GOD? No because I never wrote any of the Bible. I just showed you what was there the whole time. The people who should feel guilty are the ones who had a chance to edit all that stuff out during countless revisions. Be mad at them for pulling the wool over your eyes. What am I supposed to say? Sorry for being able to read?
ARE YOU AN ATHEIST? Probably but I honestly don’t think in terms of whether or not a God(s) exist. I only reserve brain space for thoughts that affect the survival and quality of life of those I care about, including myself. As a result, the existence or non-existence of God(s) rarely becomes a relevant topic. I don’t think I’ve even had this “debate” since high school because most “normal” people grow out of shoving their beliefs in people’s faces. Do I think an all-powerful, intervening force exists that will personally go out of his/her/its way to punish or save my ass from disaster? No. I think it would be arrogant to believe that anyone, let alone myself, was that important or special to the comings and goings of the universe to warrant such extra care and attention. Given all the suffering in the world with victims less capable of fending for themselves, I would in fact be offended by such a deity. My financial situation is pretty pathetic but in no way am I in need of immediate medical attention and an IV bag. This of course leads us to the question of “Why is there suffering in the world?” and questions of why God(s) would allow it and the Nature of the God(s)… it’s just a messy can of worms, which I’d have no problem opening but many of you don’t like the resulting Rorschach test. Do I think there is a God(s)? Probably not. If one decided to reach out to me for whatever reason and wanted to chat, I would be okay with that. But if he/she/it turns out to be an asshole, I’d have to decline a lifelong relationship. I’m assuming of course that “free will” is a thing.
DO YOU HATE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE/RELIGION? No. Some of the people I hold near and dear are religious. In reality, there are less people with my mindset than those with “traditional” beliefs. Being the minority in the world, I’ve learned to adapt to my surroundings. It’s actually ironic that the agnostic in the room is often the most tolerant of others' beliefs. Most people believe what they believe because they were raised to and have never bothered to question why or explored the basis of this belief system. I have a lot of Filipino friends, for example, and because of the Spanish conquest I know by default that most are Catholic. It’s in fact more predictable than what they look like because some have more Spanish, more Chinese, more whatever… The bottom line is that a lot of people simply use these systems of belief as reminders to be good people or as an anchoring point to strive to be something better. If it works, may whatever magical creature you believe in bless and keep you on your righteous path. I wholeheartedly mean that. If it stops you from being a colossal asshole, please believe in it! This comes with the caveat that if it makes you a colossal asshole or you use it as justification for being a colossal asshole (sorry I may have Tourette’s), then we have a problem; then I will use my agnostic brain to defend myself and those who would try and oppress me and anyone else under any set of tyrannical rules couched in make-believe; then I will hate your ass but it’s you I hate, not everyone who might also believe the same things but isn’t out there douching it up. It does beg to question, however, why you would associate with such a group identity. Maybe an upgrade is in order?
ARE YOU AN ANARCHIST? Yes.
ARE YOU ACTUALLY AN UNDEREMPLOYED TEACHER? Yes. I am a lowly supply teacher who basically begs from semester to semester for work, and I can’t even compete for my job. I’m a world class Biologist who can’t even teach his subject of expertise. But it’s my fault. I was lied to and bought into the lie of academia. This is the result. I’m overeducated but in things that have no real-world application; hence, I'm taking my science mind and turning it into art and critical thought. That’s the only practical application I can think of at the moment.
HAVE YOU LET YOUR PERSONAL STRUGGLES CLOUD YOUR SCIENTIFIC JUDGEMENT? No. I honestly don’t think so. The science speaks for itself. If we saw this in any other group of animals, we’d reach this conclusion. This is, however, based on current concepts. If the concepts change (not that they necessarily should), then maybe my worldview will too. But you have to convince me otherwise. As far as my personal life goes, trust me, I wish the science didn’t back up how things unfolded. I don’t have a problem being wrong. I wish I were wrong but I’m not.
WILL YOU SERIOUSLY WRITE 4 FOOD? Yes, hire me. I’ll even ghostwrite. No, I’m kidding. If you can make me believe, I’ll lend my skills to your cause; I’ll defend anything worthy of being defended. But if you lie to me, I’ll murder you with words. Remember that. It can be done. I have a manual.
WHAT WILL YOU DO IF THIS BOOK FAILS AND PEOPLE THINK YOU SUCK AS A WRITER? YOU SUCK AS A WRITER BY THE WAY… I guess I’ll just keep scraping by and do what I can for money. I honestly don’t have a lot of material wants or needs. I have a lot of hobbies that make me happy and if my job will simply pay for these hobbies, I’ll do whatever I have to do. It would be a waste of my skills and talents to just work some pointless job but most people bite this bullet every day and at some point I won’t be able to afford to be different.
DO YOU REALLY THINK RICHARD DAWKINS IS A DOUCHE? Yes. Yes I do. I don’t think he’s a good scientist. Hell, I don’t even think he has a good grasp on the very subjects he talks about. Jared Diamond also sucks. I’m sick of people not trained in evolutionary biology talking about human evolution like they were ever educated in the topic. My knowledge base may have next to zero practical applications in the real world, but my professors made sure I was properly overspecialized!
WHAT WERE YOUR INSPIRATIONS? Scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, literary genius Mark Twain, Immortal Technique's Revolutionary Vol. 2, Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan, Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and the life and times in Scar City.