See you in Philly this Weekend and in Orlando in November!

Because of Yom Kippur, I am off on Friday when I would normally be teaching all day. So, I decided to go to the 2013 Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Conference. I am seriously looking forward to seeing all sorts of people from the movement. If you are going to be at the conference or if you [Read More...]

On How My Interview Footage Was Edited For The “Hug An Atheist” Documentary

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You know that feeling when you’re watching a show and people are saying things about a topic you have strong, informed opinions about and you just wish you could jump in and fill in the missing pieces of what they’re saying, or maybe shade what they’re saying with the nuances you’re passionate about and which [Read More...]

How I Friend, Unfriend, Block, and Enforce Civility on Facebook

Sorry for a navel gazing post. I am just writing this so I have something to link to as a reference when Facebook friends of mine don’t understand my thinking in how I deal with removing their comments (or not) or blocking people (or not). So, it’s sort of a housekeeping thing for my own Facebook wall, only tangentially relevant to the blog or anything important in the immense universe beyond my Facebook wall. [Read more...]

Study Philosophy From The Enlightenment Until Today, Sundays Online With Me!

Sundays from 12pm-2pm Eastern Time, I am going to be teaching a class online that is going to follow the development of philosophy from Descartes to the present day. We will use Google’s interactive video technology (Google+ Hangout) to video conference our discussions. We’re going explore a great variety of powerfully influential and fascinating philosophical [Read More...]

In a World of Doubt. In a City Where a Mouse is King…

This is the best trailer ever. But I may be biased since it’s a trailer for something I will be in. I still think it would have cracked me up in either case though. See for yourself and I hope to see you in Florida the first week of November! I will be talking about [Read More...]

My Weekend At CFI Student Leadership Conference 2013

July 25-28, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Center For Inquiry Student Leadership Conference 2013 at the Center For Inquiry’s headquarters in Amherst, New York. But my conference experience started in a Massachusetts airport where I was pacing around during my layover, getting mentally worked up to defend philosophy in my [Read More...]

Philosophical Advice for a Procrastinating Graduate Student

This is a long post about procrastination. It is long for three reasons:

(1) I have long experience myself with procrastination and specifically with graduate school induced procrastination, and a ton to say about it.

(2) People who suffer from procrastination I think will be greedy for as much insight and help as they might be able to get.

(3) A nice, 4,000 word article is ideal for procrastinators because it can either give an excuse to spend a lot of time not working or become so much of a chore that just getting back to the work you’re supposed to be doing suddenly seems preferable. Whichever this turns out to be for you: you’re welcome. [Read more...]

My July, from CONvergence to FtBConscience to CFI Student Leadership Conference

(left to right) Dan Fincke, Heina Dadabhoy, Debbie Goddard, Bridget Landry, PZ Myers

So, somewhat unexpectantly, I wound up booked for several very exciting opportunities to give talks here in the month of July. Earlier in this month, on July 7, I was on a panel at CONvergence called “Science: Friends or Foes?” Alongside me were Heina Dababhoy from Skepchick, Debbie Goddard, who is the Director of Outreach [Read More...]

Some More Favorite Quotes

A year ago today, I shared with you my favorite quotations and sayings. Here are more: “One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.” Nietzsche “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” Nietzsche “You were [Read More...]