Humanist Perspectives: issue 151, Science & Conscience

Science & Conscience
issue 151, Winter 2004

cover of issue 151
Science & Conscience by Gary Bauslaugh
The editor introduces a discussion of willful fallibility in science. (read online)
letters from our readers
a letter and editor’s response
Ernest Poser shares his frank thoughts on the new editorial direction taken by Humanist in Canada; editor Gary Bauslaugh responds. (read online)
the world around us
three letters assembled by Theo Meijer
A collection of news briefs from the international humanist press. (read online)


a New Approach to Critical Thinking in Education
by William Broderick
Broderick reports on the British Columbia-based Critical Thinking Consortium. (read online)
Camp Quest Canada by Kathy Meidell
The Executive Director of a humanist summer camp reports on the success of the camp’s first summer. (read online)


Biotechnology, Ethics & the Future
from Hal Weinberg & Tom Bauslaugh
Weinberg argues for the need for us to learn to manage dangerous scientific knowledge, such as nuclear technology, in a way that benefits humanity. In another vein, Bauslaugh suggests the public can maintain some influence over the public aspects of scientific research by seeking better accommodation with corporations. (read online)
Science & Ethics by Derek Kaill
Kaill reports on the conference, Science & Ethics: How Scientific Inquiry Helps Value Judgments, held in Toronto in May 2004. (read online)
Conscience & Belief:
Do we need ‘God’ in order to be Good?
by Bruce Martin Wildish
Wildish demolishes the idea that conscience is purely the domain of religion, and that therefore we need religion to practice conscientious science. (read online)
the Tradition & Techniques of Satire:
the Case of Michael Moore, part 2
(continued from issue 149) by Brett Zimmerman
In the second part of his extended essay (the first part was published in issue #149), Zimmerman discusses the literary techniques of Michael Moore. (read online)


Science & George Bush by Shirley Goldberg
Goldberg documents the unconscionable degradation of science in the US under the current Bush Administration. (read online)
things that go bump
Psychology & Ethics by James Alcock
Alcock explores the ethical ramifications in psychological research and practice. (read online)
practical philosophy
What is Conscience? by Trudy Govier
Govier questions what we really mean when we talk about conscience. (read online)
letter from new york
Conscience in the Principality of Progress
by Jonny Diamond
When his train hits a deer, Diamond searches for meaning and conscience in the destructive persistence of human progress. (read online)


* The Dark Lady of DNA by Russell McNeil
Russell McNeil reviews Brenda Maddox’s book, Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA. (read online)

last word

All Mysteries by John Gould
A short fiction from Gould’s Giller-nominated book Kilter: 55 Fictions. (read online)