Temporarily Blacklisted a User

I have never before banned a user from any site I've moderated, but I have temporarily (for 30 days) blacklisted one user who has been dominating the combox with repetitive comments (and questions) that have been answered repeatedly by others. I asked the user to voluntarily take a break, but that request was ignored by the user, who then proceeded to post another repetitive comment.I expect this decision will have both supporters and critics. I'm okay with that.Because Disqus doesn't … [Read more...]

Debate Course Starts Today!

I am co-teaching an online course on debate with Richard Carrier. The course starts today but registration will remain open until May 6th. For details, see here. … [Read more...]

Upcoming Debate on Jesus’ Resurrection on May 2nd

Robert Greg Cavin and Calum Miller will debate the historicity of Jesus' resurrection again at Biola University on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 6pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).LINKThe event WILL be livestreamed; it will cost $5 to watch.As an aside: I 100% support the decision to charge this fee. Most people have no clue about the cost of the IT infrastructure and support staff required to make technological things like this possible. I hope no one accuses apologetics.com of some … [Read more...]

Ferguson

Although this has nothing to do with the philosophy of religion, I'd like to make an exception and dedicate a post to what happened in Ferguson, Missouri. I have zero expertise or authority on any of the several issues involved here. My main goal is to provider readers a chance to discuss in the combox here if they are so inclined.In order to get the conversation going, I'll offer a few points / observations / links.I'm white; I live nowhere near Ferguson, Missouri; and I have no idea … [Read more...]

What Happened to Quentin Smith?

Quentin Smith used to be a prolific philosopher, but, if PhilPapers.org is accurate, it has been many years since he's published anything new. He used to have his own website, which is now gone. His faculty page at WMU, which used to contain his vita and links to papers, is now stripped down to very minimal content. People tell me they've been unable to get ahold of him.I hope he is okay. If anyone has any information (and they are allowed to share it), please post a comment below or send me … [Read more...]

What Happened to Philo?

Is it just me or has it been a while since a new issue of Philo was published? (For those who didn't know: Philo  used to be subtitled, "The Journal of the Society of Humanist Philosophers." It was subsequently re-subtitled as "A Journal of Philosophy.") Also, I see that its website is now significantly different than it had been. It now appears to be setup using the "Open Journal System" (OJS) software. … [Read more...]

The Philosophical Disquisitions Journal Club

One of my favorite blogs, Philosophical Disquisitions, just announced the Philosophical Disquisitions Journal Club. Essentially, it will work like any normal academic journal club wherein academic papers are read and critically analysed and discussed by a group of interested people. So every month a paper will be nominated (by me or someone else), those who are interested can read the paper, and then join in a discussion about it here on the blog. You can even join in if you haven't read the … [Read more...]

Returning to the Speaking and Debate Circuit

After a long hiatus, I'm finally ready to return to the speaking and debate circuit. If you'd like me to visit your school or group to speak or debate, please let me know. … [Read more...]


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