Prof. Peter Boghossian presents "A Manual for Creating Atheists"

Update: There may be some last-minute updates on seating suggestions, limits, etc.  If so, the best place to check would be HGP's website, here:
http://www.portlandhumanists.org/
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Presenter: Prof. Peter Boghossian
Topic: "A Manual for Creating Atheists"
Price: Free (donations appreciated)
Parking: Free on-street parking and wheelchair access to the room.

NOTE
Probably there will be a larger turn-out than can be accommodated, so plan accordingly.  RSVP'ing here does not save you a seat nor give you any seating advantage.

Professor Peter Boghossian has written a book entitled "A Manual for Creating Atheists."  In this talk, he'll give an abstract of his book and answer questions/comments from the audience.  People of all faiths, or none at all, are invited to attend.

Prof. Boghossian teaches various philosophy courses at PSU.  One of his latest course creations is a class on "Atheism."  In this class, he has had a few famous atheists give special presentations, including Michael Shermer and Massimo Pigliucci.  You can see some of these presentations at this YouTube channel:  http://tinyurl.com/PeteBog1 .

After his presentation, there's another meetup event for those who want to stick around and discuss it as a group, starting at 11:45 am. Details for that event are here:
http://www.meetup.com/humanists-of-greater-portland/events/112160372/

Prof. Peter Boghossian has made some waves in society with some of his previous public lectures.  These can be found on YouTube for free viewing:

1. "Jesus, The Easter Bunny and Other Delusions: Just Say No!"
http://tinyurl.com/PeteBog2

2. "Faith: Pretending to know things you don't know"
http://tinyurl.com/PeteBog3

3. "Critical Thinking Crash Course"
http://tinyurl.com/PeteBog4

4. FFRF Convention 2012 speech "Question your own beliefs"
http://tinyurl.com/PeteBog5

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For more info:

Peter on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/PeteBogFP
Peter on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/peterboghossian

Here's a billboard from an FFRF advertising campaign:




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  • Gavin

    Will a video of the Prof.'s presentation be posted on the internet for the benefit of those who did not make it to his presentation?

    1 · May 14, 2013

    • Dave D.

      I think the answer is probably yes. The long answer: HGP records (and posts) video of almost all its weekly programs (at http://www.portlandhu...­) unless the speaker asks them not to. I understand that Prof. Boghossian asked them not to in this case, because he brought his own video crew. At his HGP talk last year, the same thing occurred, and the professor posted his own video to youtube at some point. (HGP was also later given permission to post that same basic video to the site above.)

      May 14, 2013

    • Gavin

      Thanks for letting me know.

      May 15, 2013

  • Bernie D.

    Like Peter said, there will never be another 'fourth horseman" ... but maybe we'll see a fifth.. ;-)

    May 13, 2013

  • Bernie D.

    Thanks to all the volunteers and to HGP for sponsoring this, all for free. It is so nice to actually have a presentation in a quiet room (and simulcast even) rather than in a noisy and small, crowded tavern. This event is impossible to do without such great help from volunteers and funding by HGP (building use).

    May 13, 2013

  • Rose

    Great talk and Q&A session. One suggestion: people write down their questions before they ask. Questions could be selected at random by the lecturer and this might also reduce technical problems with the sound. I would have liked to hear more about how to answer the question of reason as a god, or science as a faith. Enjoyed the on the spot intervention and hope more religious/spiritual people would attend.

    May 12, 2013

    • Jeff S.

      I was pretty amused with some of the questions -- longer than the answers! One tied himself up so much with his question that I didn't know if he were a pathetic wannabe-philosopher or stoned. Yes, the sound issues were annoying, but at least it was able to be simulcast to 2 other rooms.

      1 · May 12, 2013

  • Jill

    Very informative and much to contemplate.....

    May 12, 2013

  • Ron

    Fantastic! I hope we use Pete's plan... for global domination! LOL ;-) My ONLY complaint is the sound system... one of those loud speaker pops just about scared the $#&% out of me!

    May 12, 2013

  • Joanna

    Please note: Prof. Boghossian is a popular speaker, and we at HGP expect a large crowd. Seating is limited, so if you'd like to attend, plan to get there early. See our website for updated information on admission. Portlandhumanists.org

    May 8, 2013

  • Bernie D.

    Jill said: "Starbucks after?" This is an HGP (Humanists of Greater Portland) event. Many times, after events, some of the people meet for lunch. If so, they will announce it.

    There will also be a follow-up group discussion after his presentation, at 11:45 am, in the same room. Details are here:
    http://www.meetup.com/humanists-of-greater-portland/events/112160372/

    April 8, 2013

    • Dave D.

      The "usual" gathering spot after is at the Grand Central Bakery near NW 22nd and York. With so many expected attendees, and with some staying later for the group discussion, wouldn't be surprised if we split up a little (e.g. to include McMenamin's Tavern and Pool).

      May 6, 2013

  • Dave D.

    Although the program begins at 10AM, doors to the building will probably open a little before 9AM. In the interim, there will be both an Early Bird discussion group (downstairs) and places to mingle and get information about HGP. Seating in the main room will be delayed while Peter sets up, but seating in alternate ("overflow", "simulcast") rooms will likely be available immediately, for those who don't want to wait. In addition to street parking, there's a little bit of extra parking available in the SELCO Credit Union lot on 25th and Thurman.

    May 6, 2013

  • Gavin

    Speaking of animial intellligence, see the news article at http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=220018 about talking monkeys!

    April 9, 2013

  • Gavin

    Last Wednesday PBS aired a NOVA show which said that plants act as though they are intelligent, even though they lack a brain and even lack a central nervous system. The article at http://www.astrobio.net/interview/2111/bacterial-intelligence interviews the evolutionist scientist named Lynn Margulis. There she says that bacteria have intelligence and "... that microorganisms, or bacteria, are certainly conscious."

    April 8, 2013

  • Gavin

    Hi Jill, http://maya-gaia.angelfire.com/panpsychism_consciousness.html says "Panpsychism: Panpsychism, in philosophy, is either the view that all parts of matter involve mind, or the more holistic view that the whole universe is an organism that possesses a mind (see pandeism and panentheism). This is not to say that panpsychism believes that all matter is alive or even conscious but rather that the constituent parts of matter are composed of some form of mind and are sentient."

    April 8, 2013

  • Gavin

    Though an atheist, since I began a nontheist a few years ago I have toyed off and on with the idea of a type of pantheism, but one which is naturalistic instead of supernaturalistic [and thus not fully meeting the definition of a god, from my point of view] and yet one in which the entire universe would constitute one aware/conscious single entity/being. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panpsychism and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantheism for some ideas.

    April 8, 2013

  • Gavin

    Hi Jill, what swayed me from nontheism to also outright atheism is something Stephen Hawking wrote in his book called "The Grand Design". In the book he provided a scientific naturalistic explanation for why the big bang/expansion happened and why there could never be an absolute nothingness (the theory of quantum physics rules out an absolute nothingness). However there might be some amazing naturalistic phenomena in our universe which most atheistic skeptics write off as nonsense. I for example once again lean towards belief in some kind of ESP and I detect a degree of awareness/consciousness (however small) in all living species, and I am aware of quantum entanglement, and I thus wonder about the idea of a panpsychism type of universe.

    April 8, 2013

  • Jill

    That anything exists at all, or does it? Is just kind of too amazing.
    So I guess I'm not atheist, more 'agnostic'. Starbucks after?

    April 7, 2013

  • Jill

    Remind me. Jill

    April 7, 2013

  • Ron

    Hell yeah!

    March 26, 2013

  • Dorm

    I had thought of this as a slippery subject. Less so now.
    Many people do not realize that the word "Evil" also a word of religion, not an objective term!

    March 25, 2013

  • Helen D. L.

    I simply don't share Boghossian's mission.

    March 25, 2013

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