I’m a Republican, Atheist, Professor, which is where the acronym RAP sheet comes from. (I rejected the title Conservative, Republican, Atheist, Professor after a few moments’ consideration.)
The motivation for this blog is that I often feel like I am a member of the world’s smallest demographic. Certainly, there are no shortage of atheists in the Academy, but the combination of atheist and professor almost guarantees a liberal – or even leftist – political outlook.
So in addition to needing this blog as an outlet for opinions (the Academy is no place for the free and open exchange of political ideas – let that fact sink in), I am also using it to illustrate a question that drives me nuts: why are intellectuals and atheists so monolithic in their political philosophy? The question intrigues me because I take political conservatism as axiomatic given my atheism and given my academic knowledge in the fields of neuroscience and psychology.