The Lonely Philosopher

We might nonetheless explore the public image of the philosopher for curiosity’s sake. Atop his many perceived qualities sits his isolation from his scholarly brethren; we appear to conceive of him somehow distanced from the scientist, the historian, and the poet. This disparity is for some based in philosophy’s purported lack of substance, manifest in its scholars’ deficiency in anything by the way of economic utility. [More]

Boghossian: Faith is a Cognitive Sickness

Dr. Peter Boghossian pulls no punches claiming that faith is a cognitive sickness and that those who attempt to get to the truth using faith are delusional. In this trailer for a talk he gave at Portland State University, Dr. Boghossian passionately argues that faith, regardless of the conclusions one draws from it, is a faulty process and cannot reliably get one to the truth. [More]

Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No!

This presentation was given by Dr. Peter Boghossian of Portland State University on January 27, 2012. In this talk, sponsored by The Freethinkers of Portland State University and published by philosophynews.com, 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. [More]

HuffPo Article on Stand to Reason Broadcast

I just discovered that Stand to Reason radio, a feature of the conservative Christian apologetics organization Stand to Reason, referenced my most recent Huffington Post article titled, “Why Faith Claims Should Be ‘Corrected’: A Professor’s Argument” on their national broadcast. In fact the host, J. Warner Wallace, read the entire article on the air and then commented on it. [More]

Faith Claims Are Not Only False But Delusional, Professor Says

Trip Report. Professor Boghossian doesn’t mince words when it comes to his opinion about faith. Not only are faith claims false, he argues, they have all the earmarks of being delusional. And while many people believe their faith either is harmless or even helpful, Boghossian claims that any beliefs that are based on a delusion are in fact detrimental to the person holding them. Faith claims should be rejected on this ground. [More]