Accessible Philosophy For Everyone

As promised, on Sunday I went on the radio show Atheists Talk to discuss the value of philosophy, the role of philosophy in my own life, my views on several philosophical issues, and my efforts to make philosophy accessible through my online classes. Mike Haubrich, who invited me on the show and interviewed me, and Brianne Bilyeu were very [Read More...]

Robin Williams’s Verdict on Life

Reading the various lamentations of the suicide of Robin Williams, I’m troubled by the tendency for people to take a single deed to define a man’s entire disposition towards life. There is a tendency to frame what happened as Williams losing his battle with depression. Or to take his act of suicide as his ultimate verdict [Read More...]

10 Signs You’re Middle Aged

Middle Aged

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On Forbidding Philosophies

Recently a friend wrote me, a little embarrassed. This friend is a relatively recent deconvert from Christianity and he had a confession to make. He’d been reading a certain philosopher who I don’t happen to have any use for personally and he was liking it. He didn’t know what to do. So I gave him [Read More...]

Atheists Talk Is Interviewing Me Sunday, Stream It Online

It’s rare that I can not post once in a month and get the kind of traffic for that month that I’m currently getting. Apparently a certain movie came to DVD this week and my multiple criticisms of that certain movie started getting a lot of attention again. As for my absence, it’s because I have [Read More...]

Tom Petty Is Scathing Towards Catholic Church Over Sex Abuse

As a huge Tom Petty fan, I’m proud to see him come out with properly scathing criticism towards the Catholic Church. He has a song called “Playing Dumb” on the album Hypnotic Eye, which he released this week and I just got the chance to hear for the first time. It’s all about his moral [Read More...]

Doping Scandals and “Nature’s Aristocracy”

In the August 2014 issue of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Pieter Bonte, Sigrid Sterckx, and Guido Pennings argue that there’s something morally retrograde about the values which see natural talent as categorically purer and morally better than artificially supplemented talent. Here’s the abstract to their new paper called “May the Blessed Man Win: A Critique of the Categorical Preference for [Read More...]

Philosophical Advice For Overcoming Intellectual Insecurity

As a professional educator and lifelong learner, dealing with the specter of intellectual insecurity in my students and myself is one of the things I spend a lot of time doing. Here are key changes in beliefs, attitudes, and habits that I recommend concentrating on in overcoming this wholly unnecessary, self-defeating roadblock to self-empowerment and feeling [Read More...]

Do We Really Only Use 10% of Our Brain?

With the new movie Lucy coming out and revolving around the idea that a woman who could use 100% of her brain would gain godlike powers, neurologist Krish Sathian of Emory University debunks the common myth that we only use 10% of our brains: While the movie looks like a fun fantasy, it’s amazingly absurd [Read More...]


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