Philosophy For Everyone

Below is my talk FtBConscience2 panel on “Philosophy For Everyone”. I appeared with Jess Whittlestone of 80,000 Hours, an effective altruism organization that helps people from all walks of life figure out how in their own occupations they can rationally determine what will create the most good, Julia Galef of The Center for Applied Rationality, which builds off of cutting edge findings from cognitive science to create proactive techniques to train individuals in overcoming their own predictable irrationality, and Richard Carrier of Freethought Blogs, who writes books about philosophy and biblical history.

We talked primarily about the ways that we are using philosophy outside the academy and helping others to approach real world problems philosophically. We also had various forms of (sometimes competing) advice for people wanting to learn more about philosophy themselves. If you like it, you can also watch my previous FtBConscience panel, from last summer and also with Julia Galef, on critical thinking. And follow the rest of the con today at and catch up on the completed panels at your convenience now or in the future at the archive.

Along the way in today’s talk I got to talk about my philosophical advice services. If you would like to learn more about how that works and read the columns I have written to advice seekers so you can get an idea of what kind of advice, visit the advice page on this site. On that page you can find, the partial transcript of my written conversation with a vegetarian who euthanize his cat (made with the pseudonymous participant’s permission and edited so as to protect his identity), that I referenced in the video. To schedule an initial consultation write me at camelswithhammers at gmail dot com with the phrase “Philosophical Advice” in the heading.

Also, I should have mentioned in the video when asked about how to learn philosophy without going to university, that you can study with me now on Google Hangout, using the same exact video conferencing technology we just used to make this video. Write me at camelswithhammers at gmail dot com to express interest and get on my mailing list with updates when new classes are scheduled (they will be ramping up again in just a couple weeks). Filling out this survey also helps me plan around your schedule, so I would appreciate it if you’d do that.

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