The Meaning Of Life

Today I had the distinct pleasure of reconnecting with one of my closest friends and classmates from my college days for the first time in 6 years.  He’s a friend with whom I spent some of the most formative philosophical years of my life and who, as a result, I will always consider to be [Read More...]

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Lights, Camera, Ethics!

The ethics lectures of Harvard’s Michael J. Sandel are getting high quality video presentation and dissemination: it is the first time that public broadcasters can remember a regular college course’s being presented on television. What’s more, it is also a highly produced multimedia event, with high-definition video, interactive Webcasts, podcasts, a new book and a [Read More...]

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Daily Hilarity: Carroll Senior Powder Cheerleaders 2009-2010

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Philosophers’ Blog Carnival

Welcome to The Philosophers’ Blog Carnival at Camels With Hammers! (via Peter Mandik’s Brain Hammer) First I want to kick things off with a super post not actually submitted to the carnival but worth your attention nonetheless. Phil Goetz writes: The history of religions sometimes resembles the history of viruses. Judaism and Islam were both [Read More...]

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Camels With Hammers Philosophy

After this introductory paragraph, every sentence in this post will summarize and link a different post expressing my views, primarily on topics related to atheism, philosophy, and ethics—which are the primary preoccupations of this blog. I am organizing all of these links into this one summary statement of “Camels With Hammers’ Philosophy.” This post will [Read More...]

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Daniel Dennett Reminisces About Gilbert Ryle, JZ Young, and AJ Ayer

In Philosophy Now, Daniel Dennett engagingly tells his life story—or at least part one of it.  It’s a fascinating read and for me the most interesting parts are these on Gilbert Ryle and AJ Ayer.  In particular, the account of Ryle’s method of mentoring and influencing is remarkable an inspiring.  Or maybe just evidence that [Read More...]

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Solving The Alleged “Hardest Logic Puzzle In The World”

cuong set out to solve this puzzle: “Three gods A, B, and C are called, in some order, True, False, and Random. True always speaks truly, False always speaks falsely, but whether Random speaks truly or falsely is a completely random matter. Your task is to determine the identities of A, B, and C by [Read More...]

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ZJ On The Old Testament’s Laws

ZJ combines impeccable logic with first class rhetorical flourish and justified indignation: In a nutshell, just saying that God changed the rules from the Old Testament days does not excuse believing that a just God could ever make such vile and unconscionable rules in the first place. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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Nobody Cares About The Losers

Robin Hanson notes that as sensitized as we are to various marginalized groups there are other categories of people who suffer from huge inequalities but for whom there are no sympathies to be found.  Hanson writes: There is no social pressure whatsoever against maligning these groups. Especially striking are inequalities in attractiveness as a friend, [Read More...]

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