The Anti Disciple

This website is a paradox.

I am not an expert. I have no credentials. I am a weekend warrior.
And despite this, I am going to gather and summarize material that I am probably not qualified to gather or summarize.
This is the nature of the internet these days, and it's dangerous. But I'm making a conscious decision to engage in rationally dangerous activities to nudge the conversation in the right direction.
I also just want a place to keep track of my thoughts.

I am The Anti Disciple, and this is my journal relating to my exploration of how our current society (2020 USA) relates to science, expertise, Truth, and rationality in general. It's dark. It's depressing. But I firmly believe that we all must educate ourselves on these topics to be better equipped to move the conversation in the right direction.

The Anti What?

I am not opposed to religion. My online alias is not directly aimed at Christianity (or any religion for that matter). However, I think that the religious undertones are appropriate, and "Disciple" is intended to be understood in the "Disciples of Christ" connotation. It is, intentionally, a contradiction in terms.
The Oxford definition of "disciple" is "a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher." Modern disciples, however, are almost exclusively adherent to political parties, religious groups, brand ambassadors, and other socially constructed affiliations that create identity so that it can be leveraged.