What Has Gone Before
Not a great deal of what I have to say will be totally original. There are many writers to whom I owe the clarification and crystallization of my philosophies, including Carl Sagan, Stephen J. Gould, H.L. Mencken, Mark Twain, Ed Brayton, Greta Christina, PZ Myers, Jerry Coyne, Jason Rosenhouse, and many others. I haven’t read any books by the Big Names, Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens or Sam Harris, but chunks of their writing have reached me indirectly. A number of blogs I follow have collected at the excellent FreeThoughtBlogs site; others are listed on my Links page.
I’m not afraid, though, to stand on the shoulders of giants and shake my tiny fist.