What Would Stephen Colbert Do?


If you’re anything like me, you routinely find yourself in difficult situations in life which require superhuman levels of ironic coolness, intellectual brilliance, quickness of wits, and deep personal goodness and you have to ask yourself, “What Would Stephen Colbert Do?” to figure out the best course of action. Well, thankfully The Colbert Report gives us a lot of guidance in this area. When we turn to the clip above, for example, we learn that when it comes to giving to an awesome charity that makes a difference in effectively educating the neediest kids in America, Stephen Colbert turns to Donor’s Choose. And now so does the entire Freethought Blogs community, including Camels With Hammers.

You should see the widget for donating on the right hand side of the page. (No, not that right, your right. There it is; see?) Click on that link and you will be led to specific projects from specific teachers in need of donations. In honor of my webmaster Dave’s recent engagement to be married to a brilliant and passionate history teacher, I have opted to make our default “History and Civics”. But feel free to look around once on the site and find whatever project it most excites you to support. This is your chance to not only make a difference, but to make it in the most specific and tangible way you can in accordance with your own priorities and values.

I admit I’m a bit apprehensive. This isn’t just charity, but a contest. We are going to be in competition here against other science blogging networks and, I’ll admit, I hope Camels With Hammers can not only help our team compete respectably  to win to crush the competition, but that you, my loyal and inspiring readers, will help me keep up with my estimable peers on the Freethought Blogs network so that they can see I am pulling my weight around here. Our donation totals are going to be prominently displayed in a running tally on the donation widget so there will be no hiding for me if I don’t keep up! So, for those of you who are not motivated to give merely by the prospect of making sure that under-served children don’t fall behind educationally due to inadequate resources, please at least think of me and my ego and my ability to face my colleagues whenever we finally all meet face to face! Won’t somebody please think of the blogger!

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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.