Do you label your yourself?

I hope not. Frankly I despise labels, especially one word labels and agree with what Dr. Tyson says about them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzSMC5rWvos

I hope not. Frankly I despise labels, especially one word labels and agree with what Dr. Tyson says about them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzSMC5rWvos
It doesn't seem like this is about "labels" so much as reflections on what it is be "atheist" and deGrasse's refusal to accept the "atheist" label. "Neil deGrasse Tyson: Atheist or Agnostic?"
2:45 - "… trying to get people to think straight . . . just get you to be curious about the natural world . . ." ~ ~ ~ following Neil's musings around 3:00, I love the idea of a country club for "non-golfers" :lol:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ But, seems to me, Tyson's point has more to do with not making a big deal about "not believing in god" and instead focus on getting on with the world that you experience around you. Not much arguing with that. But, "labels" untidy as they may be, they do serve a function. After all we do fit into categories, and categories are labeled.

Unfortunately most people let their labels determine their thinking on an issue, instead of the other way around. For ex, my favorite “I’m a tea partier, so keep your hands off my medicare”.

I hope not. Frankly I despise labels, especially one word labels and agree with what Dr. Tyson says about them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzSMC5rWvos
I don't mind some labels: Humanist, Democrat, liberal, mother, good friend. Skeptic, atheist. Lois

I label myself “Human”.

I like labels, and can’t live without them.

I like labels, and can't live without them.
It's very hard to shop in a supermarket that doesn't use labels. :red:
I like labels, and can't live without them.
It's very hard to shop in a supermarket that doesn't use labels. :red:True enough.
I like labels, and can't live without them.
It's very hard to shop in a supermarket that doesn't use labels. :red:True enough. But, on the other hand, humans are not cans of beans or bags of frozen French fries. The problem with labelling yourself - or letting someone else apply a label to you - is that other people then tend to react to the label rather than to the human being behind it. Say of someone, "He's a Muslim," and (some) others will immediately think "fanatic, terrorist, murderer of innocent bystanders", while the poor fellow is really a devoted husband and father, a doctor working in a free clinic, a volunteer at a food bank, and builds model sailing ships in his spare time. Say of someone, "she's a feminist," and immediately the associations "feminazi, strident, ideological, irrational lesbian man-hater." spring to mind, when she's actually a wife and mother with a PhD in physical chemistry who merely thinks that girls should have equal educational opportunities as boys throughout the world. And say of yourself. "I'm an atheist", and others immediately leap to the conclusion "narrow-minded, conceited, religion-hater, thinks he knows better than everyone else....." when you're ...... just another human being trying to make sense of your world...... TFS

I think it’s more of a dodge so that people stop hassling him about what he believes. Atheism, and Agnostic aren’t mutually exclusive.

I think of them more as descriptive terms than labels, because people often misunderstand a label, and you have to explain what you mean.

I like labels, and can't live without them.
It's very hard to shop in a supermarket that doesn't use labels. :red:True enough. But, on the other hand, humans are not cans of beans or bags of frozen French fries. The problem with labelling yourself - or letting someone else apply a label to you - is that other people then tend to react to the label rather than to the human being behind it. Say of someone, "He's a Muslim," and (some) others will immediately think "fanatic, terrorist, murderer of innocent bystanders", while the poor fellow is really a devoted husband and father, a doctor working in a free clinic, a volunteer at a food bank, and builds model sailing ships in his spare time. Say of someone, "she's a feminist," and immediately the associations "feminazi, strident, ideological, irrational lesbian man-hater." spring to mind, when she's actually a wife and mother with a PhD in physical chemistry who merely thinks that girls should have equal educational opportunities as boys throughout the world. And say of yourself. "I'm an atheist", and others immediately leap to the conclusion "narrow-minded, conceited, religion-hater, thinks he knows better than everyone else....." when you're ...... just another human being trying to make sense of your world...... TFS There is no way to avoid having people "mislabel" you unless you say nothing at all. No matter what anyone says someone will get the wrong idea. Should we all hide in a closet about everything because someone might misinterpret who we are? Lois
There is no way to avoid having people "mislabel" you unless you say nothing at all. No matter what anyone says someone will get the wrong idea. Should we all hide in a closet about everything because someone might misinterpret who we are? Lois
If you never say anything you will get labeled too. :lol:
There is no way to avoid having people "mislabel" you unless you say nothing at all. No matter what anyone says someone will get the wrong idea. Should we all hide in a closet about everything because someone might misinterpret who we are? Lois
If you never say anything you will get labeled too. :lol: Indeed, you will. No one can avoid a label. Lois

Quoting Theflyingsorcerer:

But, on the other hand, humans are not cans of beans or bags of frozen French fries.
I don’t know, I’ve met some people who seem to fit the can of beans or french fry label.:lol:
We are all complex and would require books to adequately describe us, however, if one wishes to focus on a single facet, a label may be a decent starting point.
Occam

Labels? We don’t need no stinking labels!
Cap’t Jack

I like labels, and can't live without them.
It's very hard to shop in a supermarket that doesn't use labels. :red:True enough. I don't mind labels, so long as people use the ones I give myself or they don't use them to be derogatory. I call myself a humanist, a liberal, a democrat, freethinker, skeptic, a mother, a short or little person, a woman/female, an activist, and sometimes I call myself a democratic socialist, an atheist... What gets to me is the tone of voice some people use the words "atheist" or "liberal", as though it were pure vile. On the other hand, some, like being short and female are quite obvious, rather one likes it or not.
I don't mind labels, so long as people use the ones I give myself
That's is obviously not possible. You may label yourself as a gourmet while munching on a $60 filet mignon, but to a cow (or a PETA fan) you are a bloody murderer.

Transcendental Agnostic
I presume that if there is a god then he/she/it has a lower opinion of religion than I do.
Religion is a scam to brainwash children into believing in some self-serving paradigm of a god. Self-serving to the priesthood of the god.
psik

I don't mind labels, so long as people use the ones I give myself
That's is obviously not possible. You may label yourself as a gourmet while munching on a $60 filet mignon, but to a cow (or a PETA fan) you are a bloody murderer. But of course. That is how most vegetarians and vegans view meat eaters, but some, like myself, aren't as vocal about it as PETA members are. That and if one wants to clog their arteries with filet mignon, then its none of my business. That's between them and their doctor.