Obi-Dan Finckobi (and other photoshops and star wars things)

Obi-Dan Finckobi Close Up

In this post, I round up some fun photoshops of me friends have done, link you to a cache of photos of me you can use to make your own, and link you to two Star Wars posts from Camels With Hammers that I am particularly proud of. [Read more...]

After I Deconverted: I Was Deeply Ambivalent; What Was I to Make of Sex, Love, Alcohol, Bisexuality, Abortion, 9/11, Religious Violence, Marxism, or the Yankees?

This is a long installment of my ongoing series covering my journey before, during, and after my deconversion from Christianity. Since I think it is interesting how all the ambivalences, contradictions, anxieties, and displacements that I was experiencing parallel and inform each other, I am deciding to post it all as one episode in the series, rather than break each easily isolatable vignette into its own post. For the busy or the short attention spanned, I have made it easier to read in multiple sittings or to skim by breaking it into subsections according to themes. [Read more...]

I Just Like Loving Her

With one very notable exception, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over any of the women I’ve fallen in love with. And I’ve fallen in love with a lot of them. The vast majority of these loves weren’t reciprocated, so there was a lot of unrequited longing. Mostly it was that way until I graduated [Read More...]

I’ll Be Writing Daily Again Starting This Week

A personal update in which I explain why my posting rate has dropped off so much in recent months and announce my resolve to post daily again starting this week. [Read more...]

Finishing Years

In a completely personal post, possibly of interest only to me, I reflect on my feelings about the new year and new years past. [Read more...]

Ed Brayton’s Recovering From Open Heart Surgery and Could Use Our Help

One of the best people in the atheist blogosphere is recovering from open heart surgery while out of work and could use some help. [Read more...]

Training Students To Think For Themselves

This summer a wise older philosophy professor was railing about being asked by his administration to specify for each of his courses what the “learning outcomes” would be. He was, essentially, being asked to indicate what the students were going to learn. He found the suggestion preposterous. He insisted he couldn’t know what the students were going to learn. His job was not to predetermine what the students were going to learn. He might know what the basic subject matters and materials of his courses would be; but what would the students learn from them? How could he know that in advance, if they were going to be thinking for themselves, rather than merely regurgitating information? [Read more...]

Before I Deconverted: I Had a Bout of Right Wing Evangelical End Times Political Paranoia

Within the next year to a year and a half, a civil war was nearly certainly coming. We could see all the signs of impending government overreach. But there was hope if we resisted and hope that enough citizens would rise up to do so. We could stave off the U.N. takeover. We could keep our guns. We could keep our liberty. But we had to organize and be vigilant. [Read more...]

Study Philosophy With Me In 2013

In 2013, I intend to start teaching students privately online for a much more affordable price than the average college class. I intend to help former religious believers interested in exploring the possibilities for reason-based answers to philosophical questions about the nature of ethics, knowledge, metaphysics, the mind, and the self. In particular I hope to spend [Read More...]