Just a quick word of introduction about my recently started secular humanist blog, Effectual Agents. The name, as many of you will no doubt recognize, is derived from an observation by Thomas Jefferson: "Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error." I'm interested in the usual grab bag of related issues that most of us are: science, skepticism, critical thinking, art, ethics, civil rights, atheism, logical fallacies, pseudoscience, and the separation of church and state.
I teach English and Critical Thinking at New York University and at The City University of New York, where I also serve as faculty advisor to the Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club. The experience of talking and working with (mostly African-American and Latino) freethinking young people has contributed greatly to my own perspective on atheism, humanism, and skepticism, and has increased my appreciation for the value of outreach, mentoring, and support in the reality-based community, particularly for its newer and younger members.
I'm also very interested in working with other bloggers on mutual projects, inviting guest writers to contribute material, and otherwise fostering greater communication and sharing of resources. As this blogroll indicates, there's a tremendous wealth of ideas and information available to us all, and I would consider it a genuine privilege to occupy a few moments of your time each week.