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Has anyone read "A Manual for Creating Atheists" by Peter Boghossian? .. I'm about halfway through it now and I am excited to try out some of the techniques he lays out in the book. If I'm not mistaken, this is the book Anthony Magnabosco used to get started on his "SE" journey. I would like to hear your thoughts and tips on how you are engaging with believers, so please share.

SkepticalJim28 5 Dec 28
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It's a great book, "How to Have Impossible Conversations" is even better.

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Magnabosco took the techniques in this book pro for sure. He's even better in person, so if you get a chance to see him, it's a real treat. He has a workshop at the conventions, and I've been to them everytime he has one. He basically teaches you his different techniques in conversation. In Cincinnati I got to finally ask him a question during his speech, and I stumped him for alittle bit. That was awesome!! You should come to the Phoenix convention in April. If you do and you see me, come up and say Hi. I'm not hard to miss, and I love talking and meeting new people at conventions. Have a good day, and enjoy your book.

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I've listened to the audio book version several times. I use the techniques from the book any time I have a religious conversation with believers. I don't know that I've created any atheists, but I've definitely had people analyze their beliefs in a way they never had before.

Preston Level 4 May 24, 2019
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Thank you for reminding me about this book. Just ordered it on amazon and looking forward to the read. Can’t hsve enough books on epistemology.

Raumrabe Level 4 Apr 20, 2019

Can you recommend any other books on epistemology?

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I've read, & have, the book. Between the precepts there, & the "Street Epistemology" series on YT, I keep working on this approach. It is a definite work in progress. I tend to be more direct & hard charging, so this is work for me, but seems worth it. If you can just plant a seed without triggering all the self-defense mechanisms you have definitely accomplished something, even if you didn't "win" the debate!

phxbillcee Level 9 Dec 28, 2018

I'm glad to hear that someone else is interested in this method. I too am direct, and I want to change that. I feel like debating with people turns them away, I'd rather just have a conversation without talking over my interlocutor. My first attempt at "SE" was quite the adventure! I noticed a Catholic and a "JW" having a conversation, and I was really interested in talking with the "JW", but the "JW" gave me a card to a "JW" website and I was stuck having a conversation with the Catholic. He was just basically preaching at me. He was more focused on telling me what he believed and wasn't forthcoming with why he believed. I need to work on bringing the conversation back to Faith instead of talking about religion.

,,,i have folks that are very old or
20 something / been forced to keep it
low keyed ! I Start and end with reason or
they shut down.

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