I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 10…

Conversation 1:

Suzie Q: I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 10 and you have 3 attempts to guess what it is.
Atheist: 7?
Suzie Q: Lower.
Atheist: 5?
Suzie Q: Lower.
Atheist: 4?
Suzie Q: You’ve had your three guesses.
Atheist: I suppose it must be somewhere between 1 and 3 then.

Conversation 2:

Suzie Q: I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 10 and you have 3 attempts to guess what it is.
Theist: 7?
Suzie Q: Lower.
Theist: 9?
Suzie Q: What?… I just told you it was lower. I’ll let you have that guess again.
Theist: 12?
Suzie Q: Not only is that higher, it’s not between 1 and 10. Do you… understand this game?
Theist: Yes of course, sorry. I could have said ‘5’ but my guess of ’12’ is equally valid and you should respect my choice.
Suzie Q: It’s not equally val-
Theist: Is it ‘D’?
Suzie Q: …Is that really your guess?
Theist: Yes
Suzie Q: No, it’s not ‘D’… you’ve had your three guesses.
Theist: That must mean that the answer is ‘cabbage’. I will tell my friends.

4 Responses

  1. I guess it’s only fair to tell you that I used to “like” your blog on FB and would come over and read the posts as they were updated. No more. Sadly, you’ve gone from some good science-based topics to being all about theology… Atheism, theism, atheism, theism, and then atheism again. Best of luck with your continued… uh… defense of science?

  2. Math Teacher: Is it Pi?
    Math Teacher: is is it the square root of 2?

  3. What do you think the problem with science education in America is, EpiRen? It’s religion and the political party of religion, the GOP.

    You’re right that I do need to more more posts which are directly about science. I’ll get on that soon enough.

  4. Far be it for me to tell you what to write about or how to go about doing it. So that’s that.

    In my most humble opinion, religion (some of it) and the GOP (some of its members… heck, I’ll give you most of their members), are only part of the problem. As a fellow scientist, you must agree with me that problems are not that simple.

    If we were to outlaw religion and kill all Republicans, science would still have enemies. After all, I hardly think Jenny McCarthy is any sort of priestess or a registered Republican.

    (I’m a registered Republican.)

    I see the issue as more of a result of the society we live in where the geeks are to be shunned and the nerds are to be ridiculed. If you can catch a moving target, you are placed on a pedestal and offered all sorts of scholarships. If you, say, design a system whereby the peroxidase-like activity of hemoglobin can be harnessed to create energy and win a science fair competition with you, you end up a lowly epidemiologist at some state health department, fighting the anti-vaxers through all sorts of means.

    Know what I mean?

    But this idea that you put forth in this post that, somehow, being a theist makes me some sort of a… well… Your “theist” comes off as an idiot, where that isn’t the case for me. I’d be laughed out of the profession if I somehow acted the way you wrote that a theist approaches a problem, a math problem.

    For what it’s worth, the Obama administration slashed NASA funding. That right there is anti-science, in my opinion. So it’s ideologies of all kinds that are the true enemies of science, not just some religion or some GOP stances. Such broad statements justify other unreasonable stances, like “atheism will lead to lack of morality” or some other such nonsense.

    But I’ve taken up enough of your blog. Thanks for your time.

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