Is faith a reliable means of aligning your beliefs with the truth? Professor Peter Boghossian says it is not and, in fact, calls faith both a delusion and a cognitive sickness. Having watched his lecture, “Jesus, The Easter Bunny and Other Delusions: Just Say No!” we decided to ask him to share his thoughts with the readers of The Bent Spoon in an effort to further discussion about this important topic. He was kind enough to invite MMA coach and voice of reason Matt Thornton to participate as well.
What follows is the full text of our interview. We hope you’ll find it engaging.
Before we get started, Professor Boghossian, can you please give a brief introduction of yourself to readers who may not be familiar with your work?
I’m in the philosophy department at Portland State University (PSU). My specialty is critical thinking and reasoning. Here’s my PSU homepage: http://pdx.edu/philosophy/peter-boghossian
I’ve invited Matt Thornton to answer these questions with me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Thornton_%28martial_artist%29 Matt was a pioneer in reality-based martial arts training and remains a strong voice of reason.
Matt and I will be debating religious leaders at some point in the near future. This is a good opportunity for readers to understand our positions.