Richard Carrier’s On The Historicity of Jesus: first impressions and initial thoughts

My copy of Richard Carrier’s On The Historicity of Jesus arrived from Amazon on Monday, and I haven’t had time to read it all, but I want to jot down some first impressions and initial thoughts now, partly because I’m not sure when I’ll find the time to do a proper review. First of all, [Read More...]

“Rape jokes are never okay, but jokes about AIDS are hilarious!”—a stupid reaction to Cards Against Humanity that needs to stop

Trigger warnings for everything. The bulk of this post is adapted from something I posted to Fetlife awhile back. I decided to post it here after seeing a story about the games creators apologizing for an allegedly transphobic card and removing it from the game. The original impetus for the post though, wasn’t an online [Read More...]

Who has the potential to do high-impact philosophy?

I recently wrote about deciding between philosophy and programming as career options, then gave a talk that, among other things, emphasized the importance of doing what you’re good at. A natural follow-up question here is, how do you tell if you’re good at philosophy? And more specifically, how do you do tell if you have [Read More...]

List of people Richard Carrier has called insane

So I went ahead and ordered Richard Carrier’s new book, but I’m pretty damn apprehensive about it. A lot of this is from having seen his exchange with Bart Ehrman, but there’s also Carrier’s curious tendency to call people who disagree with him insane. I was reminded of this when he posted his list of [Read More...]

Philosophy of religion is mostly not taken seriously in mainstream philosophy

In my very first semester in college, in my very first philosophy course, there was a unit on arguments for and against the existence of God. An article by Swinburne was assigned as the rebuttal to an atheist’s article on the problem of evil. However, the professor skipped lecturing on Swinburne. When I asked him [Read More...]

My talk on earning to give

Which I gave last weekend, can be found here. I learned a lot from the ensuing discussion, which is included in the linked audio, so I strongly recommend you give it a listen. The discussion continued after the part recorded above, and during that time someone made an interesting point, relevant to wannabe tech entrepreneurs, [Read More...]

So you’re thinking of applying to App Academy…

The entire reason I have my current programming job is because of App Academy. App Academy is a great program, because they take people with talent but little programming experience and, after a nine week intensive course, graduates are able to get jobs with starting salaries averaging $100,000 a year. Best of all, you don’t [Read More...]

Philosophy vs. programming

I used to be a PhD candidate in philosophy, but now I’m working as a software engineer, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when I got a Facebook message asking for advice for someone trying to decide between philosophy and programming as careers, from the point of view of what career will allow [Read More...]

Why it kinda sorta matters that early Christian leaders could have been frauds

I say the topic of my post only kinda sorta matters, because anyone’s obligated too much to worry about what exactly happened with the origins of Christianity. Anyone who knows their Biblical scholarship 101 should realize that the available evidence is extremely sketchy to the point that it’s obviously ludicrous to try, as some Christian [Read More...]