Unfortunately, I've never heard the word "philosophy" at school, but I am sure it doesn't deserve hating. With a good teacher, I think we both would be interested. Clarissa at http://clarissasbox.blogspot.com/ (VERY recommended blog in general) wrote numerous, fascinating posts about the subject (among her books' reviews). And you love logic, since you like programming. "If A, then B..." doesn't mean A is ever true/false. Ditto RE online discussions, otherwise why blog? There is science and there is junk science, and sometimes real science gets twisted and reported as junk one in newspapers. The less formal field of knowledge is, the easier is to twist it and let general public see a fake as a real thing. F.e. mathematics is very hard to twist, but evolutionary psychology is an easy victim. In short, we love philosophy (studying how people and society work among other things, based on Clarissa's reviews of books by famous philosophers), logic and online discussions, it's fakes and shouting matches we hate. :)
This was published on a blog that I think is run by somebody from Sweden, which I always considered an enlightened country full of intelligent people. This nice comment was left by a user whose blog you can find here.
It's great to know that anti-Clarissa bloggers are balanced out by such appreciative, nice people. I feel very valued right now and encouraged to blog even more. Especially about philosophy.