The Daily Owl 9-15-2013

I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes)
I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-1-2013

“This is the real conclusion of [the Theatetus], namely, that true knowledge of sensible objects is unattainable, and—by implication—that true knowledge must be knowledge of the universal and abiding.”
“This is the real conclusion of [the Theatetus], namely, that true knowledge of sensible objects is unattainable, and—by implication—that true knowledge must be knowledge of the universal and abiding.” [More]

March 19 2012: Week in Review

New and noteworthy philosophy from around the web. Global atheism, religious humans, faith as a delusion, slippery slopes, republicans and linguistics, evidence for bigfoot, moral monsters, JFK, existential psychology.
New and noteworthy philosophy from around the web. Global atheism, religious humans, faith as a delusion, slippery slopes, republicans and linguistics, evidence for bigfoot, moral monsters, JFK, existential psychology. [More]

Richard Dawkins to speak at Newport High School

Dr. R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Sean Faircloth, and world-renowned author, bioethicist, and secularist Richard Dawkins will explore how religion impacts government and society and how the secular community can increase its influence.
Dr. R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Sean Faircloth, and world-renowned author, bioethicist, and secularist Richard Dawkins will explore how religion impacts government and society and how the secular community can increase its influence. [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.
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]

On Knowing God Exists

In this podcast and accompanying video, Paul Pardi lays out what he sees as Plantinga’s core argument and briefly examines some objections. The presentation was designed as a primer to Plantinga’s ideas on religious belief and warrant.
In this podcast and accompanying video, Paul Pardi lays out what he sees as Plantinga’s core argument and briefly examines some objections. The presentation was designed as a primer to Plantinga’s ideas on religious belief and warrant. [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]

Evolved to be Religious

A 2005 article by Paul Bloom for the Atlantic Monthly where he explores the naturalistic basis for religion. Still relevant and eerily predictive.
A 2005 article by Paul Bloom for the Atlantic Monthly where he explores the naturalistic basis for religion. Still relevant and eerily predictive. [More]