10 More Reasons I Write Long Blog Posts

Last fall, I posted my Top 10 Reasons I Write Long Blog Posts. Here are ten more. 11. I do my best thinking while writing. I often find that what I think will be just a quick 300 word post grows and grows until it’s 1,500, even 2,000 words, because I’m discovering all sorts of nuances [Read More...]

7 Exciting Announcements About My Online Philosophy Classes

As you probably know by now if you read this blog, I have my PhD in philosophy and I moved on from 11 years of university teaching to start teaching people around the world via Google’s simple to use video conference app called Google Hangout. These classes have been growing strong for two years now and [Read More...]

FtBConscience 3 Online Conference Schedule (Including My Appearances) #FtBCon


FtBConscience is an exciting experiment in holding conferences. Taking out all the expense of travel and hotels and all the commitment of having to clear your schedule to attend a conference, Freethought Blogs has been a pioneer in making a high quality atheist/social justice conference available to everyone around the world in real time. Using Google [Read More...]

Top 10 Reasons I Write Long Blog Posts

1. Fair argumentation means considering multiple sides of an issue. Taking into consideration other people’s views and either arguing against them or incorporating their nuances into my own views makes posts longer. 2. Thoroughness is persuasive. Being able to pack in more arguments into a single piece has a cumulative effect of strengthening each individual [Read More...]

Doing Philosophy Beyond The Academy

Steve Neumann recently asked me four questions for a forthcoming piece he’s writing on philosophers outside the academy. He said I could post my full replies to his questions here.  1. Why did you leave—or never enter—academia? The wages were exploitative. I was teaching between 7-9 classes a semester for anywhere from $2,800-$4,200 a class as [Read More...]

10 Highlights of My 1st 2 Years at Patheos

Please support Camels With Hammers with a $10/month subscription! Earlier in the year Patheos turned 5 years old and they asked us bloggers to reflect on our time here and its highlights. I never got around to finishing the post I started to write at the time. So, I decided to post it today, the 2 [Read More...]

Join JT Eberhard And Me In My Nietzsche Class! And Learn What Other Classes Are Now Running!


My online, interactive philosophy classes held over video-conferencing (Google Hangout) are back! And I am very excited to have students participating in four sections already! We are already having incredible philosophical conversations that I feel are in many ways as clarifying and searching for me as for them. I have left each class session with a deeper [Read More...]

Camels With Hammers Update, February 2014

Just a house cleaning post. The long and the short of it is simple. I’m freeing myself of the expectation I’m going to aggregate lots of other internet content.

Instead, I’m going to focus on just one substantive CWH post a day, on a designated weekly topic for each day of the week so that I give myself structure and don’t paralyze from too many choices.

Then I’ll spend the rest of my time on all my other projects and research.

No one was coming to CWH for news. You have Friendly Atheist for that. I’m going to focus on quality over quantity and shipping out any extra writing I do to other outlets besides CWH. [Read more...]

A Short Post About My Long Posts For Short Attention Span Readers

A lot of my posts are long, so I know there are some out there who don’t read the whole posts, either ending early or skimming, or who skip them altogether. I just want to write a (relatively) short post to explain that I totally get that and explain my thinking on the matter. For [Read More...]