User:Jaban

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I came across this website quite some time ago and it struck a chord with me, as my given name, Jaban, was derived from the name of the king of Hazor (called in the Bible the king of Canaan) who commanded the iron chariots.

I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, with the goal of eventually becoming a full-time preacher. I worked lazily towards that goal until I was 25.

I eventually learned why I was wrong.

Learning why is an important part of who I am now. I am an atheist have become somewhat of a pessimistic skeptic (I try to avoid denialism, but it's sometimes a fine line). I am of course skeptical of any claims of supernatural intervention to the point of dismissal, but there are many other areas where more reserved skepticism ought to be applied. Subjects such as nutrition and health, alternative medicine, environmentalism; even skepticism itself.

As a Jehovah's Witness I saw how easily people were 'taught' through manipulation, and I see that same thing happening largely within these subjects; probably many more that I haven't looked into. People seem particularly susceptible to having their questions changed - that is, accepting an answer to a question they didn't ask as an answer to one they did - to make them believe in some idea.

This sounds like it's turning into a rant, so I'll stop now.

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All contributions made solely by me (e.g images I post, if I ever do) are dedicated to the public domain before they are published to Iron Chariots. Moral rights granted me by the Canadian Copyright Act are waived. They may be used for any purpose, without condition or limitation. No attribution is required.

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