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141: Peter Boghossian: How to have IMPOSSIBLE conversations!

Into the Impossible With Brian Keating

In How to Have Impossible Conversations, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay guide you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation -- whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control. Boghossian and Lindsay teach the subtle art of instilling doubts and opening minds. They cover everything from learning the fundamentals for good conversations to achieving expert-level techniques to deal with hardliners and extremists. This book is the manual everyone needs to foster a climate of civility, connection, and empathy.Support our Sponsor LinkedIn Jobs! Use this link to post your first job ad for FREE LinkedIn.com/impossibleIn our current political climate, it seems impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone who has a different opinion. Whether you're online, in a classroom, an office, a town hall -- or just hoping to get through a family dinner with a stubborn relative -- dialogue shuts down when perspectives clash. Heated debates often lead to insults and shaming, blocking any possibility of productive discourse. Everyone seems to be on a hair-trigger.Peter Boghossian is a full-time faculty member in the philosophy department at Portland State University and an affiliated faculty member at Oregon Health Science University in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He is a national speaker for the Center of Inquiry and an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. He is the author of A Manual for Creating Atheists. He lives in Portland, Oregon.James Lindsay holds degrees in physics and mathematics, with a doctorate in the latter. He has authored two previous books: Everybody is Wrong about God and Dot, Dot, Dot: Infinity Plus God Equals Folly. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/drbriankeatingAnd please join my mailing list to get resources and enter giveaways to win a FREE copy of my book (and more) http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php 📝🎥 🎥 Watch my most popular videos🎥 🎥 Frank Wilczek https://youtu.be/3z8RqKMQHe0?sub_confirmation=1 Weinstein and Wolfram https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI0AZ4Y4Ip4?sub_confirmation=1 Sheldon Glashow: https://youtu.be/a0_iaWgxQtA?sub_confirmation=1 Michael Saylor The Physics of Bitcoin https://youtu.be/CaN_CDKqXOg?sub_confirmation=1 Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel Prize winner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMuqyAvX7Wo?sub_confirmation=1 Jill Tarter https://youtu.be/O9K9OBd3vHk?sub_confirmation=1 Sara Seager Venus LIfe: https://youtu.be/QPsEDoOTU6k?sub_confirmation=1 Noam Chomsky: https://youtu.be/Iaz6JIxDh6Y?sub_confirmation=1 Sabine Hossenfelder: https://youtu.be/V6dMM2-X6nk?sub_confirmation=1 Sarah Scoles: https://youtu.be/apVKobWigMw Stephen Wolfram: https://youtu.be/nSAemRxzmXM 🏄‍♂️ Find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating🔥 Find me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/DrBrianKeating📖 Buy my book LOSING THE NOBEL PRIZE: http://amzn.to/2sa5UpA🔔 Subscribe for more great content https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating?sub_confirmation=1✍️Detailed Blog posts here: https://briankeating.com/blog.php📧Join my mailing list: http://briankeating.com/mailing_list.php👪Join my Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/losingthenobelprize🎙️Please subscribe, rate, and review the INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/into-the-impossible/id1169885840?mt=2🎙️Listen on all other platforms: https://wavve.link/intoA production of http://imagination.ucsd.edu/Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/drbriankeating Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

23 Apr 2021

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Peter Boghossian on Woke Ideology: ‘A Recipe for Cultural Suicide’; Case for Defunding Universities [20210406]

American Thought Leaders

“We can't just keep funding people who are playing in make-believe-land, cranking out information to inform public policy that's completely divorced from reality. It's a recipe for cultural suicide,” says Peter Boghossian, assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University and co-author of “How to Have Impossible Conversations.” A lifelong liberal and critic of former President Trump, Boghossian believes describing people as left or right is losing utility. It’s those who demand you think a certain way who are on one side, while those who do not are on the other. “We are facing an extraordinarily intolerant dangerous ideology, perpetuated by people who want to rob us of our cognitive liberty,” he says. = Correction: = This is the article by Peter Savodnik mentioned in the episode: https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/amer...= #peterboghossian​ #criticalracetheory​ #criticalthinking​

1hr 7mins

8 Apr 2021

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Peter Boghossian on the rise of Social Justice


Peter Gregory Boghossian is an American philosopher. He is an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University, and his areas of academic focus include atheism, critical thinking, pedagogy, scientific skepticism, and the Socratic method. He is the author of A Manual for Creating Atheists and (with James Lindsay) How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide. Boghossian was involved in the Grievance Studies affair (also called "Sokal Squared" in media coverage) with collaborators James Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose, in which they published several hoax papers in academic journals, as part of their criticism of a set of fields including gender studies. As a result, Portland State University initiated a research misconduct investigation of him in 2018. Boghossian coined the term street epistemology for a set of conversational techniques he described which are designed to enable examination of strongly held beliefs, especially of the religious kind, in a non-confrontational manner.

1hr 16mins

24 Feb 2021

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Spirituality During Crisis: Peter Boghossian, Eric Metaxas, Rabbi Wolpe | ROUNDTABLE

The Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Peter Boghossian, Eric Metaxas, and Rabbi David Wolpe about the place of spirituality, mindfulness, religion, and atheism during a major crisis like the one we are all living through. Is understanding spirituality or a belief in God necessary to get through these dark times? Or can one find meaning and a sense of purpose without theology? Has our society's loss of faith made it harder to find our own individual meaning of life? Can intentional living or building a more spiritual path make these challenging times an easier road to travel? Dave and his guests, representing Judaism, Christianity, and atheism, try to tackle these big questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


5 Feb 2021

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Ep 424: Dialogue | Dr. Peter Boghossian and Anthony Magnabosco | How Faith Ends

The Street Epistemology Podcast

With Dr. Peter Boghossian and Anthony Magnabosco Summary: Dr. Peter Boghossian invited me to speak with a class about atheism and Street Epistemology over video chat, and we ended up having a wonderful and frank discussion on a variety of subjects. The topic of faith came up twice during our talk, which I've combined into the version you see here. Watch video of talk here: https://youtu.be/hxDD3sajaxw The near-full audio of our conversation can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/user-534471447/ep-416-interview-dr-peter-boghossian-and-anthony-magnabosco-perplexity-bridging-the-chasm Please contact me over social media ( https://anthonymagnabosco.com ) for the English caption file if you would like to create a translation for this specific video. It would be great to have this translated into many languages. Video unavailable out of respect for the students. ter·mi·nus /'tərmənəs/ noun 1. a final point in space or time; an end or extremity. 2. the end of a railroad or other transportation route, or a station at such a point. Location: San Antonio, Texas Recorded: 28 October 2020 Released: 7 January 2021 "Faith is what allows people to smuggle in insufficient evidence to support their claim." "Faith is what allows people to smuggle in evidence that is insufficient to support their claim."—Anthony Magnabosco Twitter: https://twitter.com/magnabosco (follow me) YouTube: https://youtube.com/magnabosco210 (tons of videos) Facebook: https://facebook.com/magnabosco210 (like my page) Website: https://anthonymagnabosco.com (contact me, appearances) SE Resources: https://tinyurl.com/abm-se-resources SE Community: https://tinyurl.com/abm-se-community SE Discord Server: https://discord.gg/sKap3zM Skip ahead to a desired point in the talk: Maritza Flashback (start): 00:02 Conceptualizing Faith: 01:00 Slippery Pig: 03:40 Language Issues: 04:11 The Key Distinction: 04:29 Desire: 05:22 Twisted Virtue: 06:03 Epistemology to Morality: 06:23 Hear Them Out: 07:02 Faith and Evidence: 07:34 Testing Evidence: 08:42 Smugglers' Blues: 09:17 The Beast: 09:31, 09:44 Maritza Flashback (end): 10:13 -- Note: Add roughly 35 seconds to these timestamps if listening to the podcast version of this talk. Illustration provided by Vanessa Schiefer. Animation provided by Daniela Maisenbacher. The Beast provided by Rebecca Fox. https://rebeccaonpaper.com Audio correction provided by Philipp Grzemba. Music provided by Jim Rhodes, with Dan Harris on lap steel. Links to References in Video: Watch full talks w/Maritza: https://tinyurl.com/PL-AM-SE-MARITZA Dr. Peter Boghossian's Talk 'Faith: Pretending to Know Things You Don't Know': https://youtu.be/qp4WUFXvCFQ Socratic Pedagogy: Perplexity, Humiliation, Shame and a Broken Egg: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00773.x 'When in Doubt' Film: https://www.gofundme.com/f/whenindoubtfilm Donations would be greatly appreciated. Add foreign language captions w/YouTube's community contributions tools Mistakes: 'Tis not Hebrews 1:11. We're referring to Hebrews 11:1. Silly atheists. Also, instead of saying "there are several countries," I should have said "there are several languages." Edited w/PowerDirector. The views addressed here are mine and mine alone, and are not necessarily shared by members of my family and friends. The intro and outro of this episode was narrated by AZ.


7 Jan 2021

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Ep 416: Interview | Dr. Peter Boghossian and Anthony Magnabosco | Perplexity (Bridging the Chasm)

The Street Epistemology Podcast

Street Epistemology: Bridging the Chasm | (Perplexity)With Dr. Peter Boghossian and Anthony MagnaboscoSummary: Dr. Peter Boghossian asked me to join one of his classes to speak on atheism and Street Epistemology, and we ended up having a truly amazing and honest discussion. I hope people will give both of us the utmost charity with our stated views, and if you would like to challenge them, please consider becoming familiar with this wonderful method of dialectical interaction that has seemingly unbelievable potential for drastically improving humanity.Video unavailable out of respect for the students (sorry I didn't get to your questions).Location: San Antonio, TexasRecorded: 28 October 2020Released: 3 November 2020per·plex·i·ty/per'pleksede/noun1. inability to deal with or understand something complicated or unaccountable.2. an entangled state."Faith is what allows people to smuggle in insufficient evidence to support their claim.""Faith is what allows people to smuggle in evidence that is insufficient to support their claim."Twitter: https://twitter.com/magnabosco (follow me)YouTube: https://youtube.com/magnabosco210 (tons of videos)Facebook: https://facebook.com/magnabosco210 (like my page)Website: https://anthonymagnabosco.com (contact me, appearances)SE Resources: https://tinyurl.com/abm-se-resourcesSE Community: https://tinyurl.com/abm-se-communitySE Discord Server: https://discord.gg/sKap3zMSkip ahead to a desired point in the talk:--Introduction: 00:01Anthony's Background: 00:32Street Epistemology Overview: 03:51What has Anthony Learned?: 04:19Have Anthony's Beliefs Changed?: 07:24Engaging in Difficult Conversations: 09:36Releasing the "Bad" Talks: 13:20Importance of Defining Words: 14:08Finding a Video to Review: 16:56Example (Quenching Thirsty Spirits): 19:28 (video of talk with Maritza here)The Benefit of Repeat Talks: 23:52Analyzing the Maritza Interaction: 24:25The Importance of Being Honest: 26:32Go Where Your Interlocutor Takes You: 28:52Check in with Your Conversation Partner: 29:57Perplexity: 30:32Manipulation?: 33:43A Cultural Moment: 35:00Tainted by Association: 38:12'When in Doubt' Film: 38:58 (https://www.gofundme.com/f/whenindoubtfilm)Daryl Davis: 39:08The Definition of Atheist/Atheism: 41:00The Defining of Words: 42:55Unpacking Faith: 43:42Unpacking Hope: 49:26, 53:00Silverman, Stenger: 51:55Meeting Psychological Needs: 54:18Unpacking Desire: 55:33Unvirtuous Faith: 56:05Presuppositionalists: 1:00:45Seeing the Unseen: 1:07:47We Have a Serious Problem Here: 1:09:16Is College Education a Factor?: 1:16:25Interviewing on Campus: 1:17:33Are Debates Just Posturing?: 1:18:02David McRaney/Mark Sargent: 1:18:29The Before Times/Star Trek: 1:18:58Bridging the Chasm: 1:19:47Closing: 1:23:16--Note: Add roughly 35 seconds to these timestamps if listening to the podcast version of this talk.Audio correction provided by Philipp Grzemba.Music provided by Jim Rhodes, with Dan Harris on lap steel.Links to References in Video:Watch full talks w/Maritza: https://tinyurl.com/PL-AM-SE-MARITZASocratic Pedagogy: Perplexity, Humiliation, Shame and a Broken Egg: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00773.x'When in Doubt' Film: https://www.gofundme.com/f/whenindoubtfilmLink to Pete's Class Playlist: https://tinyurl.com/PL-AM-SE-TOP20Watch talk w/Jason (Presuspper): https://youtu.be/LmCujhOfazYWatch talk w/Gordon ("which is unfortunate"): https://youtu.be/9DKORQnfj-4Mistakes: 'Tis not Hebrews 1:11. We're referring to Hebrews 11:1. I also hope* our laughing while referencing my talk with Gordon is not taken as laughing at him--it was the broader situation of not being able to see things so clearly unless you are observing them in others or yourself.Recorded w/Go-Pro. Edited w/PowerDirector.The views addressed here are mine and mine alone, and are not necessarily shared by members of my family and friends.

1hr 25mins

4 Nov 2020

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The Intellectual Roots of Wokeness with James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian (Ep.15)

Conversations With Coleman

For exclusive member-only content become a CwC subscriber via https://colemanhughes.org/ In this episode, Coleman interviews James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian. James is a mathematician, writer, and founder of New Discourses. He is the author of a new book called ‘Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity’. Peter is a philosopher, a professor at Portland State University, an author of ‘A Manual for Creating Atheists’ and ‘How to Have Impossible Conversations’. During this episode, they talk about critical theory, postmodernism, critical race theory, and how these conspired to build the foundation of social justice ideology as we know it today. They talk about the ways in which social justice has departed from its parent ideologies, and much more.

1hr 22mins

30 Sep 2020

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How Social Justice Silences | Peter Boghossian

New Discourses

Follow Peter at twitter.com/peterboghossianSupport New Discourses:patreon.com/newdiscourses subscribestar.com/newdiscoursesWebsite:newdiscourses.comFollow:facebook.com/newdiscourses twitter.com/NewDiscourses instagram.com/newdiscourses pinterest.com/newdiscourses/ linkedin.com/company/newdiscourses minds.com/newdiscourses reddit.com/r/NewDiscoursesPodcast:@newdiscoursespodcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/new-…es/id1499880546 play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#…nzwvdjjpd6gg3cmuy open.spotify.com/show/0HfzDaXI5L4LnJQStFWgZp stitcher.com/podcast/new-discourses© 2020 New Discourses. All rights reserved.


4 Sep 2020

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EP 31 - Importance of Critical Thinking • Peter Boghossian and Matt Thornton

SBG Podcast

In this SBG Monthly podcast episode Matt Thornton - founder of Straight Blast Gym International sits down to talk with Peter Boghossian - American philosopher, critical thinking expert. For more SBG International BJJ and MMA instructional videos check: www.sbguniversity.com

1hr 20mins

2 Apr 2020

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PPP 284 | How to Have Conversations With Even The Most Difficult People, with author Peter Boghossian

People and Projects Podcast: Project Management Podcast

Check Out the 120VC Project Leadership Program (PLP) This episode is sponsored by the 120VC Project Leadership Program, led by my friend J. Scott, founder of 120VC. You may recall my discussion with J back in episode 274 about his book The Irreverent Guide to Project Management. There are so many things I appreciate about J, but one is his passion for the people side of our profession. 120VC has been driving large global transformational Projects successfully for the last 20 years for fortune 500 clients like Trader Joes, Sony Pictures, T-Mobile, & AT&T. J's Project Leadership Program is a practical 14-week virtual & instructor-led learning opportunity. It qualifies for 30 PDUs while teaching you techniques that get proven results. J's next cohort starts up on April 22 and he's offering $200 USD off for listeners of the podcast. Register at 120vc.com/plp and use the coupon code People-0422. I highly recommend it!   Impossible Conversations Globally, we’re at a challenging time with the coronavirus pandemic still growing in most countries. Challenges like this can cause difficult conversations, where people can disagree vehemently on policy decisions at a national level—or on whether or not groceries should be sprayed down at the household level. In my home country, it’s an election year, which increasingly causes people to lose their minds when talking with people who think differently than them. But beyond the current events of the day, let’s face it.... If you lead projects and teams, there are difficult stakeholders. There are difficult bosses and clients, and in order for us to successfully move initiatives along, we need to find a way to make sure we have shared understanding and expectations, and we often need to find a way to get the buy-in of people who just aren’t buying in! I’m excited to introduce you to a remarkable person. Peter Boghossian is co-author of a new book entitled How to Have Impossible Conversations. It’s a book about influence, conversations, and so much more, and I can’t wait to share this discussion with you. Follow Peter on Twitter at twitter.com/peterboghossian.   Related Episodes If you would like additional ways to earn free PDUs while improving your influence and conversation skills, check out these episodes: Episode 282 with Jonah Berger about reducing roadblocks to influence Episode 276 with Buster Benson about productive disagreement Episode 268 with Oren Klaff about new approaches to influence Episode 195 with Celeste Headlee about having conversations with anyone Episode 194 with Tim David about how to get to Yes without manipulating Episode 157 with Dr. Robert Cialdini about influence and persuasion Episode 88 with Dan Pink about selling skills (non-salespeople)   Let's Stay In Touch! I hear from listeners almost every day and I love it! How about you and I connect on LinkedIn? Go to https://PeopleAndProjectsPodcast.com/LinkedIn and send me an invite! Also, all of our workshops and keynotes are available in a virtual format. Concerned about travel with the coronavirus pandemic? We can help you invest in your team without requireing travel. Learn more at https://i-leadonline.com/keynotes. Thanks! Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Talent Triangle: Leadership Dawn Of The Apocalypse by Rafael Krux Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5627-dawn-of-the-apocalypse- License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Upbeat Piano by Rafael Krux Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5444-upbeat-piano- License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Difficult Conversations by Columbus Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xuUmps5PUQ

1hr 1min

26 Mar 2020