Philosopher-Scientist Massimo Pigliucci On The Colbert Report (AI Issues)

The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Plato’s Cave: Search and Rescue

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In case you don’t know Plato’s Cave already (or if you just want a cool animated version of it): And now comes the T-Shirt: Apparently if you would like to buy this T-Shirt, you have to do it by the end of today as it’s a limited campaign. Click here to order or learn more. [Read More...]

“Gratified By Humiliating and Dominating A Helpless Human Being”

The connection between conservative religiosity and greater proneness towards corporal punishment and authoritarian parenting styles in general is well known. But in contemporary American purity culture this can go to uncommon extremes. Michael Pearl’s well-read and oft-recommended book To Train Up A Child essentially teaches parents to aim to crush all willfulness, any hint of [Read More...]

Should Women Get “Menstrual Leave”?

Thought provoking, had never considered this before and I’m interested in Your Thoughts after you watch the video. Transcript here. Here’s the initial HuffPostLive segment. Here’s the Breitbart article criticized in the video above. Here’s a summary of research on the benefits of paid time off. Here’s a link to Rebecca’s Patreon, where you can support her videos. Your [Read More...]

One Way To See Sisyphus Happy

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Background. By Existentialist Comics. Your Thoughts? If you enjoy reading my philosophical blog posts, consider taking one of my online philosophy classes! I earned my PhD and taught 93 university classes before I went into business for myself. My online classes involve live, interactive class discussions with me and your fellow students held over videoconference (using Google [Read More...]

Empowerment Ethics: “Is Morality Just Culturally Relative?”

This is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series. Anthropologists, sociologists, historians, social psychologists, and other academics are all very interested in accurately describing different culture’s de facto systems of moral practices and norms. Famously these vary quite a bit. And good science requires not letting one’s own culture’s value judgments compromise one’s ability to accurately [Read More...]

Study the God Debates in Philosophy, Ethics, Gender/Sexuality, or Secularism This Summer Online With Secular Thinkers

This post is about both my independent videoconference philosophy classes and about Secular Leader Online classes from Greta Christina, John Shook, Myron Jackson, Richard Carrier, Julia Hemphill, Sean Faircloth, David Bagget, and me (Dan Fincke). [Read more...]

Empowerment Ethics: “How Can Atheists Condemn Rape Without Theistic Moral Absolutism?”

This blog post is a new installment of my “Empowerment Ethics” series, in which I systematically explain, develop, defend, and apply my distinctive spin on humanist, perfectionist, virtue, consequentialist, ethical system called “Empowerment Ethics”. In response to my most recent repost in this series, about why moralities don’t need to be conceived of in moral absolutist terms in order [Read More...]

Dear Fellow Atheists, STOP Saying Christians Believe God is a Bearded Man in the Sky. They Don’t.

Not what any Christians think God is. Christians know full well God is not an old human being with a beard. God couldn't be that because God is not "a" being at all. God is the Ground of all Being. God is Being Itself. It is silly anthropomorphism to think of God as a human being.

So, I’m an atheist blogger and a professional philosopher. So this puts me in the unenviable position of having to deal with ignorant atheists who not only disparage philosophy but disparage sophisticated theology without understanding it. And honestly it makes me wince sometimes. I believe we can do better. We can make better arguments that [Read More...]


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