SCIENCE (from the Latin for 'knowledge') informs wisdom, reason and humanism. This is a 4-legged worldview within reality that maximizes well-being for individuals and society.

About The Author

I was born in Boston, MA in 1945 and moved to Lexington, MA as a 9 year-old. I am married to Tricia Rafferty and we have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. I am a US Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. I am a retired rehabilitation director and physical therapist. I presently live in Charlotte, NC and volunteer helping the homeless and the low-income folks who need help with their tax returns, well as volunteer activities with my local library. I may be found on Facebook under "thom.raff". In case of emergency, I am allergic to alternatives to medicine.  Contact me at

Tom Rafferty

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"Making Stuff Up Is Unwise", The Book

This book is written for the educated individual who is open to objectively examining his or her worldview and the methods used in forming such. It is particularly appropriate for individuals who are religious and/or who are into any form of pseudoscience but are beginning to question their beliefs. The premise that the use of reason, skepticism and science is the best route to the understanding of reality and leads to maximizing well-being for individuals and society at large is well supported. Unlike most books of this nature, it takes a wide and consistent perspective. Religion, alternative medicine, politics, evolution, climate change, conspiracy theories, paranormal activity, education, finance, communication and miscellaneous pseudosciences are addressed. There are so many topics covered, with citations, that it may be considered a beginning reference resource for topics discussed.

"Making Stuff Up Is Unwise", By Tom Rafferty

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The word "Good" has the connotation of several positive human characteristics and actions, such as humility, self-control, empathy, equality, dignity, healthy, thoughtfulness, love, peace, understanding, wisdom, reason, honesty, giving, kindness, helpfulness, fairness, and the very important trait of only accepting claims/basing decisions on evidence.

The Apostles' Creed is an early statement of Christian belief, and many denominations still use it. It begins, “I believe in God, - - - .“ This statement is incomplete, as Christians and other theists not only believe in God, they also believe in evil/ bad. What they are really implying is that God is good and worthy of worship. Unfortunately, many Christians and other theists, in the name of their God, engage in actions that are not good. Humanistic atheists throw out the unnecessary and non-evident middle man (God) and strive to do good and avoid doing bad. Thus, given this use of the word , "I Believe In GOOD.”

Oh, I am taking the rainbow symbol and expanding its use to include not only sexual/gender minorities but the entire diversity of humanity.

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