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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.

  • grumpyoldfart

    There was TV ad where the characters built a huge pile of furniture in the middle of the street – is there an image creating program? Choose a subject, and the program starts plonking one image on top of another until the desired space is filled.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I probably guessed right – check out the chairs at street level.

    • Camels With Hammers

      Yes, I noticed that. The question is whether the chairs are emerging from a hole that goes beneath street level. Is that possible?

  • Robert B.

    I find the fact that they don’t tumble out into the street more improbable than the bottom. Like you say, the bottom could be explained by a hole in the ground, but it would take some kind of combination jigsaw-puzzle-expert and mad structural engineer to build that pile – chair by careful chair – so that it can maintain that incredible sheer face. They’d have to be interwoven to hold each other in, and even then I’d expect the lower chairs to start snapping under the strain and letting it all fall anyway. If it’s real, that gentleman walking by is taking his life in his hands.

    Least hypothesis says it’s just a kickass photoshop.

  • Michael Fisher

    It’s an installation by Doris Salcedo at the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, 2003
    Photo by Muammer Yanmaz. © Doris Salcedo