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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wednesday, Mar 5: Creating More Atheists - Peter Boghossian, Reprised

An evergreen tonight, post-fund drive, and feeling both celebratory and wanting to make sure this one gets heard.  My guest tonight is an author-activist two-fer, a teacher-philosopher and seditious and provocative strategist who both preaches, as it were, the practice of critical thinking and teaches others how to exercise it.  He walks the walk and talks the talk by way of not just engaging audiences and students but persuading them to actively, respectfully, humanely and aggressively engage others, including the religionists or unengaged whose thinking is the opposite of critical.  Dr. Peter Boghossian is the author of the unshyly titled  A Manual for Creating Atheists with a foreword by our own Southern California skeptics activist Michael Shermer.  Boghossian is a full-time faculty member at Portland State’s philosophy department and likes to remind us that he was thrown out of the doctoral program at the University of New Mexico’s philosophy department.  No less than Richard Dawkins acknowledges Boghossian’s techniques of friendly persuasion and I have personally been so stirred not just by his argument but by his sincere and generous, even loving promotion of an “Honest and authentic way to live life.” God bless you for listening, on the radio or online, or as a free download from the station archives.  Thanks, always for supporting KPFK as a listener-sponsor.  Find and friend me on Facebook, bibliophiles.