Dr. Tarico, known to her friends as Valerie, is a highly intelligent and outspoken atheist, as well as a trained psychologist. Her Youtube channel says this about her:
Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light and Deas and Other Imaginings. She is actively engaged in dialogue that aims to find common ground between theists and freethinkers, in particular by focusing on humanity’s shared moral core. She is a founder of WisdomCommons.org, an interactive site that allows users to discuss virtues that emerge repeatedly across secular and religious wisdom traditions. Her “TrustingDoubt” channel on Youtube offers tips and insights for recovering fundamentalists.
I met her online a few years ago when she sent me an article about science and religion for my previous website, NoBull.ws. I’ve also reported on one of her books, Leaving the Fold – A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving their Religion, on this blog. I’ve enjoyed participating in (mostly by reading) her WisdomCommons. Valerie has always been congenial, but forthright about what she believes. Just the kind of person I like!
Recovering From Religion
Valerie’s path to recovering from religion was different from mine, but equally traumatic. I identify with her thoroughly.