A little over a year ago, John Loftus excitedly reviewed Peter Boghossian’s silly book as follows:
Peter Boghossian’s new brilliant book will change our nomenclature and effectiveness in disabusing believers of their faith. His book will definitely change the religious landscape.
Nomenclature refers to the names we give to phenomena.
So he’s calling on a potential legion of people who are willing to help cure believers of their faith virus. He calls them “Street Epistemologists” who are equipped with the tactics he presents in his manual.
I think that with the Socratic Method as an excellent tool in our toolkit (as he explains in chapter five), Boghossian has given the Street Epistemologist a better understanding of how to argue believers out of their faith, even if many of them still probably cannot be argued out of it. He writes, “In order to reason them out of their faith they’ll have to be taught how to reason first, and then instructed in the application of this new tool to their epistemic condition.” (p. 63)
This is the brilliant part of Boghossian’s book. I look forward to the results in the years to come.
Well, it’s been over a year now, so where is this promised change in “our nomenclature and effectiveness in disabusing believers of their faith?”
As far as I can tell, no one outside of the Cult of Gnu has taken Boghossian’s book seriously. I have seen no glowing reviews from mainstream scholars or scholarly publications. And no one outside of the Cult of Gnu has adopted Boghossian’s twisted definition of faith. In fact, I don’t even see Dawkins or Harris adopting Boghossian’s nomenclature.
And where is the legion of “Street Epistemologists?” Over the last year, we had a single Street Epistemologist show up at this blog and after some of us asked him a few questions, he ran away.
There is a Street Epistemology website that is trying to put together a list of 10,000 people “who will be active and engage others and teach others better ways to come to knowledge.” From my quick count, I see about 75. So after one year, they only need another 25 people to reach 1% of their goal. According to Alexa, the site gets about 2 visits/day, so it may take a century of more for them to hit their goal.
There is a Facebook page. And it has a 178 “Likes.”
There is another FB page with Loftus and Boghossian as administrators that has a whole 596 members. LOL. Doesn’t seem all that impressive to me, especially since Loftus himself has over 4000 members on his FB page, meaning only about 15% of his fan base is interested in curing the religious of the brain virus.
So, one year after Loftus’s revolutionary predictions about Boghossian’s revolutionary book, I see no change in “nomenclature” and neither is there any “legion of people who are willing to help cure believers of their faith virus.”
The Gnu Atheists have much faith.