Brent Weedman Says He Is ‘Non-Religious’
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.16.2013
He loves science...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Brent Weedman (22-8-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) said that he is a "non-religious" person. He will take on Rick Hawn (16-2 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) at Bellator 104 this Friday. It is a semifinal fight in the Season 9 welterweight tournament and will air on Spike TV from the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
On his relationship with his religious friends: "Here's where I lose step with my religious friends: They say I believe this and that, and I say fine, but then they say, 'If you don't believe this, then you're wrong,' and there's some sort of retribution or punitive end for you. All religions have some positive things to add, but they get drowned out in the argument. Maybe it's a Western culture thing where we're so focused on being right, and winning – winning the argument, winning the battle. The whole 'I'm right, you're wrong' kind of feel."
On his love of knowledge: "I call myself an armchair science fan. I read a lot of books on mathematics, biology, physics, astronomy. I feel like a lot of people in my generation need things to be loud and fast and shiny and noisy to be interested – to keep a hold of their senses. They're not really interested in things like science, math and physics. I don't call myself intelligent because I know intelligent people, and I'm not on the level. But I just love to learn."
On what shaped his view of the world: "I was reading a collection of lectures by Carl Sagan where he described the physics behind the formation of solar systems. That was a really big watershed moment for my life because I had not really thought about it. That gave me that same overwhelming sense of insignificance because, again, a lot of people my age have this sense of entitlement. To find out that you're not only not the center of the universe but that you're just a speck of dust, I find it kind of calming. It's sort of an exciting thing for me."