A Fire Hose Of Atheist Philosophy

That’s how our friend Vorjack of Unreasonable Faith fame characterized Camels With Hammers yesterday.   Made my day.  If we ever have promotional materials that’s going in there. But today of course was more like a faucet that out of the blue drops one random droplet all day.  I had no internet access and was swamped with crazy teaching hours today (woke at 5am, left for work at 7am, got home at 1am, taught and read for an upcoming book review… Read more

Daily Hilarity: “Mr. Deity and the Skeptic”

Guest appearance by Michael Shermer! Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Shermer’s latest book is The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics. His last book was Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design, and he is the author of Science Friction: Where the Known… Read more

Biblical Scholar—Western Ethics Come From The Greeks, Not The Bible

Biblical scholar and professor emeritus at the University of Sheffield, Philip Davies writes that the idea that religion bestows ethical value on human life is the most ridiculous thing he’s ever heard.  First he lays into the divine command theory throughout the Torah and proverbs as genuine routes to proper (or even defensible) moral motivation and then goes after the prophets: And the prophets—so beloved of biblical ethicists? Joel, Obadiah, Nahum, Haggai, Zechariah, Habakkuk we can dispose of. Elsewhere we… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Kanye Interrupts Obama

Perfect connection to make and done hilariously: Your Thoughts? Read more

Understanding Each Other’s Minds

“I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant.”—Alan Greenspan “The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway.  It is getting them wrong that is living.  Getting them wrong and wrong and wrong.  And then on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again.”—Philip Roth Two great quotes which via Rebecca Saxe in this great video on the cognitive… Read more

Are The New Atheists The New Prophets?

PZ Myers, a prominent “New Atheist” reports on his being designated a prophet: Michael Dowd, the peculiar author of Thank God for Evolution, has a strange podcast up that promotes the New Atheists because they are the new prophets — we’re telling it like it is, and religious folks need more of that. He also urges people to read Pharyngula, or, if they want something a little gentler, to readRichard Dawkins’ site…ah, flattery. Anyway, the gist of his argument is that “The… Read more

A Little Nietzsche For Kanye

One last Kanye thought for the morning, before I return to my work for the day.  From Nietzsche in Thus Spoke Zarathustra part II, section 3, comes his prescription in a nutshell for how to be a Beyonce or a Barack rather than a Kanye or a Wilson: if we learn better to experience joy, we learn best not to hurt others or to devise hurts for them Your Thoughts? Read more

Beyonce, A Class Act

This was more like it, Beyonce gives Taylor Swift her due: YouTube won’t let me embed it, but I can’t mention Beyonce without including the single most mesmerizingly sexy music video in the universe.  It would be against Camels With Hammers law.   And for my fuller examination of the class of Beyonce and the classlessness of Kanye West, and of how they relate to Representative Wilson and President Obama, please read this post. And speaking of class, Madonna gave a… Read more

Sacrilegious Rendering Of Nirvana In Guitar Hero 5

This is abominable: In the below video (via Stereogum), watch in horror as the “Guitar Hero” Cobain belts out Flavor Flav ad-libs, Dave Mustaine giggle-rants, Billy Idol come-ons, and Jon Bon Jovi exhortations. You can even make Kurt Cobain sing a motherfucking Bush song. He does it all while dancing like he’s at a Phish show, accompanied by a mohawked skeleton drummer and an angel-winged, top-hatted bassist. It’s nuts. On the plus side, it’s not like Kurt Cobain can kill himself a… Read more

Daily Hilarity: Love’s Designs

The story of my life. Your Thoughts? Read more

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