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Keith Augustine

Brief Biography of

Name: Keith Augustine
Born: 1976
Title: Executive Director & Editor-in-Chief, Internet Infidels
Education:

  • M.A. Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001
  • B.A. Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park, 1998

Books:

Chapters:

  • "Near-Death Experiences are Not Evidence for Either Atheism or Theism" in Theism and Atheism: Opposing Arguments in Philosophy ed. Joseph W. Koterski and Graham Oppy (Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2019): 594-596.
  • "Introduction" in The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death ed. Michael Martin and Keith Augustine (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015): 1-47.
  • "The Dualist's Dilemma: The High Cost of Reconciling Neuroscience with a Soul" in The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death ed. Michael Martin and Keith Augustine (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015): 203-292.
  • "Near-Death Experiences are Hallucinations" in The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death ed. Michael Martin and Keith Augustine (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015): 529-569.

Articles:

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Keith Augustine is Executive Director and Scholarly Paper Editor of Internet Infidels. He holds a masters degree in philosophy and has special interest in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and history of philosophy. In addition to various articles published on the Secular Web, he has contributed to Skeptic magazine and the Journal of Near-Death Studies. He is currently coediting an anthology with Michael Martin titled The Myth of Afterlife: The Case Against Life After Death, and subsequently intends to complete a cross-cultural survey of disbelief in an afterlife throughout human history for the Secular Web.

For more, see his bio and his author page in the Secular Web Library.


Published on the Secular Web


Modern Library

Hallucinatory Near-Death Experiences

This essay has been significantly revised to reflect updates that were published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies in 2007. Several points have been streamlined for clarity and to remove unnecessary verbiage. The section on psychophysiological correlates has been rewritten to be much more accessible, and now ends on a discussion of what is implied by the influence of medical factors on NDE content. A discussion of circumstantial evidence of temporal lobe instability among NDErs has been added to the section on the role of the temporal lobe in NDEs. A few points have been incorporated into the main text from Augustine's replies to Journal commentaries where they elaborate on points in the lead essays, such as a discussion of why cross-cultural diversity undermines a survivalist interpretation of NDEs. That argument is followed up by a similar one, cut for space from the Journal discussions, about the meaning of the apparently random distribution of pleasant and distressing NDEs. Additionally, a large number of new endnotes have been added to this essay. Most of these summarize the most important points of the Journal exchanges (notes 1-6, 10, 17, 20, 23, 28, and 30-32), but a significant number also concern other issues or recent developments (notes 5, 7, 8, 11-16, and 22).

Keith Augustine Immortality

[This essay was originally published in Vol. 5, No. 2 of Skeptic Magazine in 1997. The version presented here has been significantly expanded.] The Case Against Immortality by Keith Augustine But in the present state of psychology and physiology, belief in immortality can, at any rate, claim no support from science, and such arguments as […]
Kiosk Article

Death and the Meaning of Life

If a sentient God existed, Augustine argues, then the value that he would attribute to our lives would not be the same as the value that we find in living and thus would be irrelevant. Therefore, we must create our own meaning for our lives regardless of whether or not our lives serve some higher purpose.