Best of Peter Boghossian Arguments And Comebacks Part 1

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Comment by Davis Goodman on August 16, 2016 at 6:10pm

I am thrilled that another member here is into Peter Boghossian! He wrote a small yet brilliant book that discredited most arguments for relativism (and along with it woo-world-views). It's Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism. He has written so many books on humanist topics (I've only read 5 of 75 at last count) as well as on mathematics and physics (which goes over my head) but reading this book in particular was a unique experience. It sort of felt like you were reading a calm analitic critique of something while at the same time you had the sensation the thing that's being critiqued is actually being violently smashed apart to the point that it's left with not one single shred of dignity. Highly recommended read.

Thanks for linking the video Reg!!!

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 16, 2016 at 7:17pm

His book – A manual for creating Atheists is very good. I know a few atheist “street evangelicals” that engage with the cults peddling their wares on the high street at the weekends and debate with them or the public in general. It is a Socratic approach to debate and does seem to have a good success rate.

I have one of his debates scheduled for the next Sunday school. I will buy your recommendation - thanks Davis.

I also linked one of his vids yesterday here on the ability of theists to become great at pretending. It is a term I now use during debates about faith – so about 20 times a day then!!

Comment by Davis Goodman on August 16, 2016 at 8:27pm

There are very few popular-philosophy books available in the library so it's no surprise I missed it. It's like discovering that an author you like is also something of a larger than life Hitchens or Dawkins. He even has a book apparantly about parenting for athiests. I've already downloaded A  Manual for Creating Atheists (thanks for the recommendation)...and look forward to reading it (after I'm done with Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earth". Dawkins i's even more impressive, entertaining, awe making and fun on the second read!

Comment by Davis Goodman on August 16, 2016 at 8:33pm

p.s. it seems Fear of Knowledge is a little pricey on Amazon and Borders/Waterstones. I use abebooks.com for these cases (though fear of knowledge surprisingly isn't on abebooks) as well as anybookltduk (they have it). Sometimes it gets there faster than amazon...other times you have to wait three months (like Aliexpress). Library Genesis has most books worth reading available to download...but for some of them...you'd effectively be pirating...which may incur the merciless wrath of God. I don't want to see you risk burning in hell for eternity Reg...so if you do download free copies...ask zombie-Jesus for forgiveness IMMEDIATELY. If you don't and have a heart attack inbetween the pirating and asking for forgiveness...you'll be eternally damned!

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 16, 2016 at 8:51pm
Nothing like a little Catholic guilt. It feels so wrong yet so good that I postpone looking for forgiveness for as long as possible. It's all S&M really. My safe word is "Not now Jesus".

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