Paul Ryan’s Awful Giraffe (and a brief blog update)

Among the many people I had the good fortune of getting to hang out with at CONvergence was the amusing and philosophically capable Joshua Preston, who asks all the famous people he meets to draw him a giraffe. This was the giraffe Paul Ryan, who is Mitt Romney’s new running mate, drew: [Read more...]

We Need Both Safe Spaces AND Philosophically Open Ones

I am answering objections to my comments moderation policy that asks for no insulting language and for slowness to make personal attacks. Familiarity with previous posts should not be necessary for new readers to understand the discussion below, which covers the topic of safe spaces and explains why even though I think they are a great idea, [Read More...]

The Camels With Hammers Chicago Meet Up Is Tonight (8/4/12)!

If you live in Chicago, come join me and other Camels With Hammers readers tonight from 5pm-whenever-we-get-too-exhausted-to-continue-our-revelry at the Beer Bistro. It is located at 1061 West Madison Street in Chicago’s West Loop. View Larger Map [Read more...]

On Dealing With Trolling, Banning, and Uncomfortable Disagreements

There have been many objections to both the wisdom of my comments policy and my general stand against the use of epithets and incivility and what I see as hasty personal attacks that derail philosophical discussions. I am writing 8 posts to address 8 major objections. I have already written my own summaries of all the objections I [Read More...]

Summarizing Objections To My Stance Against Epithets, Incivility, And Quickly Personalized Arguments

My critics have spoken. Before trying to refute them, I try to demonstrate that I understand them by articulating their concerns as persuasively as I can. [Read more...]

Introducing “The Camels With Hammers Show”

This afternoon, I had a chat with Camels With Hammers readers for the inaugural episode of The Camels With Hammers Show. I am most grateful to Kyle Hughart, Dwight Welch, Michael Boys, Dave Mann, and Adam Freese for joining me for the chat. Predominantly engaging with Kyle Hughart, We talked about ethics for the first 43 minutes and [Read More...]

Join Me For A Live Google+ Hangout Today At 3pm EST!

I have decided to have a Google+ hangout session with Camels With Hammers readers this afternoon. A few people have expressed interest. You are welcome to join me. If you want to go on video with me and others in order to discuss topics related to atheism, philosophy, and ethics, then just make sure you have a Google+ account, a [Read More...]

Making My Comments Rules Explicit: “Don’t Bully People With Insulting Names” and “Make Personal Charges Against Others Only In Egregious Cases”

First of all, let me thank you readers of the last three years for so many productive comments and vigorous debates. Your Thoughts have enriched this blog in more ways than I could chronicle. And unlike other blogs, there is, to my view, relatively little trolling that ever happens here. I caught a sock puppet [Read More...]

August 4 Camels With Hammers Party In Chicago

Hey everyone, we have had sufficient interest to schedule a get together in Chicago for Camels With Hammers readers on August 4 from about 6pm until whenever. If you can make it go to this Facebook thread and let Mary Jane know. She’s taken charge of the whole affair. Thanks Mary Jane! Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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