Humanist Perspectives: issue 147, The Imagined World

The Imagined World
issue 147, Winter 2003

cover of issue 147
Metaphorical Language by Gary Bauslaugh
A skeptic’s response to the documentary film Capturing the Friedmans illustrates that literalism is a problem that is not confined to religious fundamentalists.
letters from our readers
the world around us
What’s in a Word? by Theo Meijer
Meijer ponders the question of what humanists ought to call themselves.


A Bard’s Curriculum:
aphorisms on creativity
by Timothy Brownlow
Brownlow contributes two poems and a meditation on writing poetry.
A Man’s Reach Should Exceed His Grasp
or, What is a Metaphor?
by Ian Johnston
Johnston writes about the power of imagery.
Myth & Fantasy:
a Humanist Perspective
by Shawn Dawson
There a value in myth and fantasy that humanists should not ignore.


a humanist at large
Preaching What We Practice by Henry Beissel
We usually do not practice the Christian principles we preach. Beissel wants to make honest men and women of us and get us instead to preach what we practice. Let’s not be hypocrites; let’s openly advocate killing and war.
practical philosophy
How Good is the Story? by Trudy Govier
Govier writes about the value, and limitations, of stories.
Hollywood & the End of History by Shirley Goldberg
While the cinema may be the “art form of our time” and a “uniquely humanistic medium for understanding each other,” Hollywood has a stranglehold on distribution.
things that go bump
Potholes in Memory Lane by James Alcock
Alcock writes about distortions and outright errors in our memories.


children’s books
* Harry Potter and the Humanist edited by Gwyneth Evans
Evans argues that Harry Potter has something for humanists too.
* Darwin’s Goblins edited by Gwyneth Evans
Governor General’s Award winner Sarah Ellis looks at the influence of Darwin on his contemporary, fantasist George MacDonald.
* Fences and Windows edited by Ian Johnston
Gary Ansell reviews Naomi Klein’s Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate.
* Mother Teresa: the Final Verdict noted by Ian Johnston
* Short History of Nearly Everything reviewed by Ian Johnston
Johnston reviews Bill Bryson’s book, Short History of Nearly Everything.

fiction & poetry

In the Vatican
One mouth and two ears by Timothy Brownlow
Billy by Bob Lane
A young farm boy learns about Jesus and polio.
The Terracotta Army by Henry Beissel