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Dr. Peter Boghossian- A Manual For Creating Atheists


Dr. Peter Boghossian was thrown out of the doctoral program at the University of New Mexico, he is now a full time faculty member in the philosophy department at Portland State University. His goal is to teach people how to aline  their beliefs with reality and embrace reason. Boghossian has worked with people in prisons, hospitals, public and private schools, business seminars, colleges and universities. He bases his philosophy around critical thinking and places great emphasis on the application of the Socratic Method. 

Boghossian was a Councilman for the State of Oregon (LSTA), the Chairman of the Prison Advisory Committee for Columbia River Correctional Institution, an advisor to Sockeye Magazine and The Weekly Alibi, wrote national philosophy curricula for the University of Phoenix, and was a research fellow for the National Center for Teaching and Learning. Boghossian's many publications can be found in Diálogos, Education Policy Analysis Archives, The Clearing House: Educational Research Controversy and Practices, The Radical Academy; Offender Programs Report, Teaching Philosophy, Corrections Today, Informal Logic, The Skeptic, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Inside Higher Ed, Essays in Philosophy, Federal Probation Journal, and the Journal of Correctional Education.

The philosopher's latest work is titled A Manual For Creating Atheists.  


"For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith–and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith–but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than twenty years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason."

"Peter Boghossian's techniques of friendly persuasion are not mine, and maybe I'd be more effective if they were. They are undoubtedly very persuasive–and very much needed."– Richard Dawkins

Tune in Sunday, Nov 17th at 9pm EST/6pmPST when Sean Prophet talks about faith, critical thinking and politics with Dr. Peter Boghossian.