In the video below, photographer (and friend of Camels With Hammers) Mallorie Nasrallah shows us how to figure out what’s going on with the dress that some people see as gold and white and others see as black and blue: Your Thoughts? Read more

Jonathan Dancy, the moral particularist who wrote Ethics without Principles, is the father of actor Hugh Dancy, who is married to the actress Claire Danes. This led to him getting to appear on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Your Thoughts? Read more

I have a new class on the History of Philosophy which you can join and which starts tomorrow, Monday February 23, at 9am Eastern Time. It will regularly run every Monday from 9am-11am for as long as students are interested and it will cover the entire history of philosophy, at whatever pace students are most comfortable with. Even if you can’t make it tomorrow, you can join us starting the following week. If you’ve never attended my classes before the first week will be free! I also am teaching an example session of my classes tonight at 8pm Eastern Time) for those who have never attended before (or for $39.99 for returning students who would just like to sit in and learn about the topic). Tonight’s topic is Philosophy and Suicide. Read below for the official course descriptions. Click through for course details. Read more

This is a guest post by Mike Bennett, republished with permission from his blog Through a Glass, Brightly. In the high Arctic there are mountains without names. I’m flying from London to Vancouver and somewhere in Greenland there are ranges of hills far from anywhere, which must almost never have been gazed upon from the ground; mountains about which there are no legends about a giant who threw them there, no gods born in their flanks, no colossi striding them in… Read more

Many people on the defensive against vocal atheistic criticism of religious beliefs (either because they see it as a threat to their own religiosity or because it affronts their misinterpretation of what religious tolerance should be) think they’re being clever and catching a great irony when they lazily play “gotcha!” and declare that “atheism is a religion too!” But it’s not in itself a religion any more than theism is in itself a religion. Atheism is a distinct philosophical position (or… Read more

A few years ago I wanted to write a blog post about frustrating evasions that religious people make when we try to criticize their beliefs, values, and institutions. The first thing I was eager to rail about was the way that they accuse us of calling them “stupid” when all we are doing is showing them the flaws in their reasoning processes–which is perfectly intellectually legitimate. It’s wrong to insinuate that all criticism of your ideas is abusive treatment as… Read more

As you probably know by now if you read this blog, I have my PhD in philosophy and I moved on from 11 years of university teaching to start teaching people around the world via Google’s simple to use video conference app called Google Hangout. These classes have been growing strong for two years now and an exciting community of regular students has developed who stay on season after season or come back after a short time away. Throughout these couple years… Read more

Starting this month (February 2015) in addition to my regularly running interactive online video classes, I’m inviting everyone who would like to attend to join open discussions of philosophical topics that I will be leading. These discussions will be free to first time participants and be geared as an ideal way to get the experience of being in one of my philosophy classes. The times of the week such sessions run will vary session to session to accommodate the varieties… Read more

In December I invited Martin Hughes on board at Camels With Hammers as a regular guest blogger after long enjoying and wanting to amplify his voice, having followed him on Facebook and his blog Barrier Breaker for many months. Now I’m delighted to announce that he has moved Barrier Breaker to Patheos’s Atheism channel and has reposted three of his classic posts and three new posts already on his first day! Here’s his description of his blog: The goal here is… Read more

Metaphysician, former Camels With Hammers guest contributor, and personal mentor to me, Eric Steinhart makes an easy to follow video with an argument for the existence of a first cause within a non-theistic, naturalistic framework: Your Thoughts? Read more

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