Good news. I see that Philip Shropshire is revamping the Pittsburgh Atheism Examiner. And, he makes a good point that this very blog has been a little thin over the past few months. So, with the challenge in hand, both PAE and SCS shall approach 2013 with the goal of keeping our blogs useful and active.
It seems that ’13 is the perfect year to do it. Superstition is running rampant with triskaidekaphobia in full swing. The fact that there is even a word for fear of a number is enough to make you scream. Our Eastern PA friend, Margaret Downey, was interviewed this week in the Philadelphia Inquirer about her Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center, which is a tongue and cheek way of addressing a rather serious problem.
“Astrology, belief in alien abductions, and faith in so-called fortune tellers are all evidence that superstition is still a powerful force in America. The billion-dollar-a-year economic impact of plane and train reservation cancellations, absenteeism, and reduced commerce on Friday the 13th shows us that the influence of superstition is far from harmless.”
It is why most US (but not European) hotels pretend there is no 13th floor, which is of course, just plain silly, since there are still 12 floors below, even if they label it 14. Let’s use this year to help clear the air of unfounded superstitions. I also hope 2013 brings positive outcomes to the church/state battles over the Ten Commandments in New Kensington and Connellsville, PA.
So a Happy ’13 to all the Pittsburgh Area Skeptics. And to Philip — the challenge is on!