Trebob’s Lab (trebobslab.blogspot.com)
Today, I’m going to talk about something totally different. I’m going to talk about a popular blogger who went by the name Trebob. He used to be a Young Earth creationist, until he realized that Young Earth science was full of inconsistencies and false assertions and that the people behind it were intellectually dishonest. And so he went on his own path, ultimately deciding he didn’t believe in God or in any religion. His blog, trebobslab.blogspot.com, dealt with topics pertaining to religion, science, and the supernatural. He followed in the footsteps of Carl Sagan, James Randi, and others. He advocated the importance of accepting reality on reality’s terms. He said that forgoing critical thinking in favor of unsupported beliefs was dangerous; that it harmed our ability to make informed, responsible choices in the real world, and that it could cause people to bring harm upon themselves or others. He argued against religion infringing upon civil rights. He celebrated the scientific wonders of the universe. He argued for the importance of the scientific method as a tool for testing the validity of theories. He always emphasized the importance of intellectual honesty: of debating ideas like mature adults. He kept a list of commenting rules on his sidebar, stating, among other things, that commenters would be required to provide evidence for their claims and to answer any pertinent questions asked of them, and that if one of their claims was proven to be false, they must acknowledge it. I’m sure a lot of people would have liked to gut him and run him up a flag pole. A lot of people respected him, too. I had a tremendous amount of respect for him.
Now today, I have discovered that he has deleted his blog, Trebob’s Lab, as well as his YouTube account. I cannot imagine why. Perhaps there was pressure from family or friends. But whatever the reason, it is a terrible loss. He was a powerful advocate for science. He was well-educated and well-written, and his posts were always a pleasure to read. Trebob, if you’re reading this, I hope you will reconsider abandoning all your wonderful writings. You created something truly special.