Watch Me Live At 9:30pm ET Tonight (6/5/15) on YouTube!

Tonight I was delighted to appear on the ORLY Radio Show. People who like to see me rant off the cuff about current events, should check this one out. If you’re relatively new to me and this blog, in the first half hour I answer a lot of introductory questions about myself and the blog. Then at [Read More...]

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Reflections of a Post-Academic Philosopreneur

On January 1 of this year, I wrote a surprisingly widely read post with my reflections as I left academia. In response, Colleen Flaherty from Inside Higher Ed contacted me to do a piece on me. She sent me some preliminary questions and then interviewed me over the phone. Here are the answers I gave to her [Read More...]

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Welcome New York Times Opinionator Readers!

I am quoted in an excellent new post at The New York Times philosophy blog “The Stone”, which is part of its “Opinionator” section. The piece is by Steve Neumann and it’s called “Free The Philosophical Beast”. The article is about the need for philosophers to engage beyond the walls of academia. So I thought [Read More...]

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Before and After I Deconverted: The Development of My Sexual Imagination

This post is sexually explicit. Don’t read it if that makes you uncomfortable. And it’s about my own personal sexual interests. So you’ve been doubly warned if that makes you doubly uncomfortable. When I deconverted from Christianity at 21 years old I had never had sex. And I had gone to an evangelical Christian college [Read More...]

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Video of Dan Fincke Defending Objective Morality On Atheist Analysis

Tonight I was on the the second half of tonight’s Atheist Analysis show, starting at the 57:15 mark of the video above, to talk about prospects for objective morality. I thought it went really well and I’m really grateful to the show’s hosts for giving me the latitude to make complex points and for asking [Read More...]

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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...]

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From Christian College Student to Atheist Online Philosophy Teacher (An Interview With Me!)

On Sunday, August 10, 2014 I appeared on the radio show Atheists Talk on KTNF AM 950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota. You can listen to the archived show entitled “Accessible Philosophy for Everyone” here or download it from iTunes at any time now or in the future here. Below is a transcription of the entire show (with minor edits for style [Read More...]

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Before I Deconverted: I Was Baptized 25 Years Ago Today

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August 20, 1989, at the Port Jefferson Church of Christ, my older brother Richard baptized me as a Christian. Richard was a minister (though that wasn’t necessary in our churches to baptized) and at the time he was the person I most wanted to emulate in life. The choice to get baptized was a huge [Read More...]

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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...]

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