The Year in Quotable Finds

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” ~ Maya Angelou “Ethics is basically the study of Nazis in convoluted, improbable scenarios.” ~ Paul Keith “My rule of thumb: if at first you don’t succeed, try again until your failure is statistically significant.” ~ Melissa Chen “If you only read the books that everyone [Read More…]

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My Podcast Tour–Rationally Speaking, Life After God, Secular Sexuality, Naked Diner, and The Phil Ferguson Show

I recommend you check out one of these podcasts a day, Monday through Friday this week. [Read more…]

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Massimo Pigliucci and Me Talking Stoicism on MeaningofLife.TV

I got to have a fantastic chat with Massimo Pigliucci about stoicism. Check it out below:

If you want to watch selected segments, here are direct links to portions of the video where we discussed different distinct topics. For those interested in debates about the legitimacy of a lot of social justice activism, the segment about applying Stoicism to the social sphere connects directly to those issues.

I am also going to spend this month (February 2016) teaching a four week class on Stoic Ethics that will meet February 5, 9, 16, and 23 from 3pm-5pm Eastern. (Essentially it’s a Tuesdays class but the first session will now be on Friday to accommodate a time conflict for one of the students.) There’s still time to sign up if you want to. Just write me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com to let me know you want to join or to ask any questions. If you cannot make the class this month but want me to do it again in the future, please write to let me know that too! For more on how my courses work and a fuller menu of them, see this page. [Read more…]

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Star Wars: The Feminism Awakens? (Episode I)

Obligatory Force Awakens Spoilers Warning For The Ten People Left On The Planet Who Haven’t Seen It. In the wake of The Force Awakens there are numerous discussions about the social justice consciousness of the filmmakers and the potential for positively empowering girls and young women. Part of this has involved complaints that the film put feminist [Read More…]

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Revisiting The Stoics, Towards Revising stoicism

My feelings towards the ancient Stoics have oscillated quite a bit over the years. I’ve never scoured their writings nor done scholarship on them but they’ve nonetheless had a big impact on me. In the immediate aftermath of my deconversion, during my years of peak Nietzsche enthusiasm, I reflexively sided with Nietzsche when he lobbed barbs at them, [Read More…]

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Jon Stewart Shames Republicans Playing Politics With 9/11 Responders’ Lives #worstresponders

Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show last night to chronicle his trip to Capitol Hill to lobby Republican Senators who are refusing to support funding for the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act which for 5 years has provided funding for 9/11 first responders suffering illnesses most likely contracted at Ground Zero [Read More…]

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The Inspiring Manifesto of the Muslim Reform Movement #MuslimReform

When my ex-Muslim friends today were giving glowing reviews to Asra Nomani for her courageous and insightful appearance on Meet the Press yesterday, I was led to investigate the declaration from Muslim Reform Movement, of which she was a cosignatory. And I was blown away by it. It is a wonderful declaration, in many ways [Read More…]

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Moderate Muslims Have Hit Their “Wall”

A personal account of a moderate Muslim’s dilemma with blasphemy. [Read more…]

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New Philosophical Counter-Apologetics Class

I have two SIX students committing to attend a new section of Philosophy of Religion in December 2015. I am aiming to make this round of the class specifically as a philosophical counter-apologetics treatment of the subject, designed to specificlaly help deconverts from religion and other non-believers understand the intricacies of the best theistic philosophy of religion [Read More…]

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