Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hatred, Oversensitivity Hijack Conversation on Faith, Part 1

April 30, 2012

I included this innocuous warning on my personal Facebook page when I informed my close friends and family last week of my recent podcast against faith: “If you are offended easily about criticism toward religion, I would be cautious. I’m not kind to faith-based beliefs.” I don’t badger my inner circle,…

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Herding the Godless

April 27, 2012

Indulge yourself in a brief daydream for just a few moments: Imagine if we awoke tomorrow morning and all faith-based beliefs, all religion, had disappeared from the planet. Think about starting a day on this earth in which no human being believed in a god. Now, try and stop humming…

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My Kids and the Zombie Hypothesis

April 24, 2012

Talking to young children about death can be a difficult conversation for parents. Talking to children about death and zombies raises the level of difficulty exponentially. The other day I entered the dining room while my 6- and 4-year-old sons talked at the dinner table. My family had just recently…

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Seeking the Eradication of Faith

April 21, 2012

During my podcast with philosopher Peter Boghossian, titled Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought, published Wednesday, April 18, Boghossian defined faith as belief without evidence, and described it as a way of rationalizing facts or knowledge that one really doesn’t know. Boghossian, a professor at Portland State University, calls faith…

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Faith: A Barrier to Rational Thought (Podcast)

April 18, 2012
Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Philosopher Peter Boghossian

An Interview with Philosopher Peter Boghossian

This inaugural podcast from The Malcontent’s Gambit discusses the inadequacy of faith and strategies toward living in world without faith with Philosopher Peter Boghossian, who lives in Oregon and teaches at Portland State University. Boghossian has been called the Richard Dawkins of Portland. If we relieve people of their faith, and convince people to be truly honest and humble about what they know, religion will fall, says Boghossian. This is a frank and honest discussion with a bold, outspoken philosopher.

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Rationality & Irrationality

A Live Tweetcast by The Malcontent’s Gambit

of a Public Lecture by Peter Boghossian
Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 10:00am
Friendly House Community Center on the southwest corner of
NW 26th and Thurman in Northwest, Portland, OR

Hosted by the Humanists of Greater Portland • More Details to Follow • @MalcontentsGamb

Catholic Leaders Wallow in Victimhood, Nonsense

April 14, 2012

The Catholic Church has been up to some strange shenanigans, tomfoolery and hi-jinks, as of late. To begin with, Catholic League President Bill Donohue has been making noises of religious irritation and angst. The latest target of his immodest ire is the current movie The Three Stooges, which, of all…

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Writer Nicholas Kristof Panders to Religion in NYT Column

April 11, 2012

In a painfully acquiescent article for The New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof heralds the recent direction of discourse from atheist writers as nigh “reverential” to religion. He cites three recent books, one from Alain de Botton titled Religion for Atheists, Edward O. Wilson’s new book, The Social Conquest of Earth,…

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A Skeptic’s Easter Homily: Jesus is Dead – Celebrate Science

April 8, 2012

Thank you all for being here on this most beautiful Easter Sunday. We are here to celebrate peace, joy and hope. We are here to celebrate the promise of the future, and the gift of life. Today, many Christians celebrate the alleged resurrection of Jesus Christ. They believe that approximately…

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Faith Fails You; Stop Using It

April 6, 2012
Philosopher Peter Boghossian

Enough is enough, says Peter Boghossian. The delusion of faith is making Boghossian, a Portland State University philosophy professor, sick and tired. This is Boghossian’s message: Faith fails you. Stop using it. Faith won’t reliably lead you to the truth and it won’t make you a better person, either. “People…

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The MG to Tweetcast Event in May

April 4, 2012

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