Published on May 10, 2012

Dr Peter Boghossian's lecture presentation on January 27, 2012, presented by the Freethinkers of PSU.

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"Dr. Boghossian argues that faith-based processes are unreliable and unlikely to lead one to the truth. Since our goal as knowers is to have more true beliefs than false ones, faith, as a process for getting to the truth, should be abandoned in favor of other, more reliable processes. The talk was followed by a question and answer session from the audience."

A great concept and one that evokes thought. Thanks for sharing. 

Good presentation. Dr Boghassian has recently been interviewed on several different atheist and skeptical podcasts. I like his methods for engaging with people of religious belief by critically analysing their thought process rather than their end belief. If a person is truly honest with themself during the discovery of thinking critically, then any previously held delusional beliefs must be discarded.

If a person is truly honest with themself during the discovery of thinking critically, then any previously held delusional beliefs must be discarded.

Or, they might take a position like Spufford's. He admits he doesn't know if his religion is true, but says he temporarily believes it in church - perhaps the way one might temporarily believe the reality of a movie.
Lots of thoughtful religious people are like that: effectively agnostic, they do actually realize what Peter Boghossian is trying to get across:  they don't know the religious claims are true.  But they practice the religion anyway. 

If he can move religious people from thoughtless belief to thoughtful religious agnosticism, it's a good thing - as I said in my blog post, the religious agnostics are probably less likely to assume divine permission to do bad things.  Which is likely the main harm caused by religion. 

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