Farfoculation

A reader from the future (to be exact, from the year 12,478 AD, which I am informed in the future means “After Dawkins” and begins counting from the time of Richard Dawkins’s death) has sent me the following stunning entry from her dictionary:

farfoculation: n. (far-fok-yoo-LAY-shun) the act of slamming one’s jaw shut, and the sound produced when the teeth click together. See also: Farfel the Dog, puppet actor in 1950′s Nestle’s commercial. [The term is a failed attempt at wit coined by atheist author Hank Fox, whose entire work, save only this single word, has rightly vanished from history.]

Wow! A fragment from Freethought Blogs will become a lasting part of the historical and cultural record!

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(And if you can guess where the number combination 12,478 comes from, you get a gigantic cookie.)

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Hank Fox

    Thank you for the link. Hey, I AM writing some slightly more profound stuff now and then! :P


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