My whole life is devoted to education. Between my classes and my blog, which consume the most of my efforts, I am everyday explaining sophisticated, abstract, philosophical concepts in terms that make them accessible to people without any technical philosophical background. I have a gregarious personality and become animated and excited when talking about ideas. If what you’re looking for for your TV show, documentary, radio show, or podcast is a professional philosopher who can talk about ethics, religion, philosophy, or atheism with novel insights, academic rigor, and popular accessibility, book me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you can find links to numerous examples of my public presentation of philosophical arguments on radio shows, podcasts, and video discussions. You can also see me in the 2013 documentary Hug An Atheist, directed by Sylvia Broeckx.
Below are my podcast, radio, and video appearances. First are the links to audio only files, in reverse chronological order. Then come the video links, also in reverse chronological order. But first, here is the film I am in: Hug An Atheist (film) (Debuted September 14, 2013)
Radio and Audio Podcasts:
The Jesse Lee Peterson Show Interview on Atheistic Ethics (January 13, 2014)
The Jesse Lee Peterson Show Interview on LGBT Ethics (transcript) (December 11, 2013)
A-News Interview (October 20, 2013)
The Unemployed Philosophers Blog Interview (May 3, 2013)
The Oklahoma Atheists Interview Part 1 (February 24, 2013)
The Oklahoma Atheists Interview Part 2 (February 24, 2013)
The Good Atheist Interview (October 6, 2012)
Whatever, Whatever Amen Interview (March 4, 2012, March 13, 2012)
Angry Atheist Interview (November 6, 2011)
Ardent Atheist Interview (March 16, 2011)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson made some controversial comments dismissing the value of philosophy for scientists and explaining why he discourages physics students from studying philosophy. Massimo Pigliucci has the key quotes from Tyson from a couple of sources and makes some terrific points in reply. May 14, 2014 I went back on the Skeptic Canary Show with host Tom Williamson and fellow guest Jonathan MS Pearce to talk about Tyson’s remarks. Jonathan MS Pearce of author of the blog A Tippling Philosopher and the book Beyond An Absence of Faith: Stories About the Loss of Faith and the Discovery of Self. I was only there for the last half hour, starting at 30:27 of the video below:
On March 24, 2014, I appeared on Humanist Matters and talked ethics with pragmatist atheist philosopher John Shook of the Patheos Blog This Secular Life. It was a blast, we agree on a ton so we were able to build off each other fantastically. This show featured definitive explanations of my approach to moral philosophy.
On February 19, 2014, I appeared on the Skeptic Canary podcast talking about the relationships between philosophy, science, and morality:
On February 10, 2014, I was interviewed by John Shook of Humanist Matters and of Meeting of the Minds. The first 50 minutes of the show is an interview with Sarah Morehead (who is awesome) from the Recovery From Religion Foundation (which is also awesome). Then they started interviewing me at 55 minutes. In the beginning of my portion, my audio sounds like I’m recording in a bathroom but at 59:06 it kicks in and sounds fine, so long as you have the volume high. The video is below:
Below is my talk FtBConscience2 panel on “Philosophy For Everyone”. I appeared with Jess Whittlestone of 80,000 Hours, an effective altruism organization that helps people from all walks of life figure out how in their own occupations they can rationally determine what will create the most good, Julia Galef of The Center for Applied Rationality, which builds off of cutting edge findings from cognitive science to create proactive techniques to train individuals in overcoming their own predictable irrationality, and Richard Carrier of Freethought Blogs, who writes books about philosophy and biblical history.
We talked primarily about the ways that we are using philosophy outside the academy and helping others to approach real world problems philosophically. We also had various forms of (sometimes competing) advice for people wanting to learn more about philosophy themselves. If you like it, you can also watch my previous FtBConscience panel, from last summer and also with Julia Galef, on critical thinking. And follow the rest of the con today at ftbcon.org and catch up on the completed panels at your convenience now or in the future at the archive.
On August 1, 2013, I convened a panel of passionate and articulate secularist activists for a vigorous and insightful debate and discussion about the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s decisiont o oppose a design proposal the state of Ohio accepted for a Holocaust memorial on the grounds of the statehouse for prominently using the Star of David in a way they thought violated the Establishment Clause. It is long but, if I do say so myself, it is a must watch for anyone who cares about the separation of church and state.
On July 30, 2013, I talked to Mark Nebo of Be Secular about projects with the blog, my deconversion, the Ohio Holocaust memorial controversy, and my weekend at the CFI Student Leadership Conference 2013.
On July 19, 2013, I participated in the online conference FtBConscience. I was part of a panel on critical thinking, alongside Julia Galef and Jeremy Beahan, and moderated by Ed Brayton.
On June 24, 2013, I appeared on the inaugural episode of the The Ashley F. Miller Show with Mavvadat Javad. We talked about the then impending Proposition 8 and DOMA Supreme Court rulings, whether gay marriage should have been elevated to the primary gay rights issue in the first place, and the ethics of prositution:
On June 16, 2013,The Camels With Hammers Show season 1, episode 7, Jerry DeWitt.
On June 9, 2013, I called into The Atheist Experience for about 25 minutes to talk about objective morality:
On May 31, 2013, I debated Justin Vacula about feminism and harassment in the atheist/secularist/skeptics movement:
The Camels With Hammers Show season 1, episode 6, Fariso Jordan.
The Camels With Hammers Show season 1, episode 5, I interview the sharp young bloggers of The Heresy Club:
The Camels With Hammers Show season 1, episode 4: a two part interview with my best friend from college and openly gay Benedictine monk Bede Hazlet. Part 1 focuses more on Bede’s personal story of wrestling with his sexuality and his faith throughout his life. Part 2 focuses more on vigorous debate between us about the value of the Catholic Church and its potential to do good by gay people.
The Camels With Hammers Show season 1, episode 3, James Croft of Temple of the Future and the Harvard Humanists. (October 7, 2012)
The Camels With Hammers Show, season 1, episode 2. In the episode below, I chatted with members of the St. Cloud State University Secular Student Alliance. Specifically I chat with Patrick RichardsFink about bisexuality, Paul Larson about techniques for understanding and debating believers, Katie Colpaert about deconverting, and libertarian leaning Kjell Fostervold about whether there is room for right wing atheists in a seemingly majority left wing atheist movement. (September 23, 2012)
Below I join Joshua McGraw, author of Why I Reject the Faith of My Father, Al Stefanelli, Mande Hubbard, Justin Flannery, and Brandon Jones for a discussion about the nature and value of religion, how and whether atheists should find ways to serve people’s needs and desires traditionally met through religion, and how atheists can avoid obnoxiousness and debate religious believers persuasively. My contributions can be found at the 20:30-25:53, 31:00-37:13, 46:08-47:50, 51:04-54:23, and 1:16:41-1:24:16 marks. Details about what is discussed in each of these sections are here. (September 2, 2012)
Below is the premiere episode of The Camels With Hammers Show (season 1, episode 1). Primarily it consists of discussion of ethics with Kyle Hughart and for the last 15 minutes talking to Dwight Welch about religious naturalism. Camels With Hammers readers Michael Boys, Dave Mann, and Adam Freese were also along for this inaugural experiment. (July 28, 2012)
I interviewed Ian Cromwell about how to talk about race. (June 19, 2012)
Below I chatted with Rebecca Watson, Ophelia Benson, Stephanie Zvan, PZ Myers, Al Stefanelli, Greg Laden, Ian Cromwell, and Jason Thibeault about the controversies in the atheist blogosphere related to sexual harassment and DJ Grothe’s response to complaints about it. (June 17, 2012)