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CONTENT FOR ISSUE 224
EDITORIAL: REFLECTIONS OF A HUMANIST– Modern Humanism and the Environmentac / Theo MeijerHumanists are natural allies of the environmental movement, not believing that we will be bailed out of our follies by a supernatural power. Humanists believe that we must save ourselves and our planet.
Belief and Eco-Humanism / James E. AlcockAlthough this article was written 16 years ago, it remains – sadly – very relevant today. Progress can, perhaps, be seen in some areas but clearly our response is too little and too slow.
Cosmic Patriotism / Trudy GovierIs the salvation of humanity to be found in moving to Mars? Not very likely. Instead, we must focus our efforts on the possible, such as better care and protection of Earth, the only home we’re ever likely to have.
Happy Girl: The Latimer Dialogues 3 / Gary BauslaughAs Latimer’s trial proceeds, his wife, Laura, takes the stand.. The Prosecutor’s questioning of Laura seems, to some, insensitive and cruel
ENVIRONMENTALISM, UTILITARANISM AND HUMANISM: THE THREE AMIGOES / Dale BeyersteinWhy is there so little apparent interest in an energy source which could be relatively inexpensive, inexhaustible, and safe? Geothermal energy seems likely to be an energy source in the future.
Is Humanism Compatible with Indigeneity? / Lloyd Hawkeye RobertsonIn this essay I argue that humanism is perfectly compatible with aboriginality; however, its compatibility with “indigeneity” will depend on the meaning assigned to the word.
Vaccine Suspicions and the Ancient Gods / Ben D'AndreaThe absurdity and anti-scientific arguments generated by anti-vaxxers (even in the previous history of this magazine) can be better understood by examining similar movements in previous generations. Unsupported conspiracy theories seem to be an inescapable characteristic of human behaviour.
Globalization and the UN Sustainable Development Goals / Glen T MartinA common estimate is that the global population increases by about 80 million persons annually.
Ninety Seconds to Midnight / Ian JohnstonAs Albert Schweitzer said, “Man has the lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end up destroying the earth.” After years of emphasis on science and technology, we are closer than ever to midnight. Yikes!
On trees feeling pain: Anthropomorphism run amok / Janet KeepingWhile there are good reasons to attribute certain human characteristics to trees, it is absurd to attribute to them such characteristics as sentience and self-awareness. Such misdirection does more to harm than to help the environmental movement.
Patterns of evolving civilizations in history and in our times / Sophie DuleshWhat is a civilization? According to Wikipedia, it’s a complex society with “urban areas, shared methods of communication, administrative infrastructure, and division of labor.”
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