Humanist Perspectives: issue 165, Pernicious Identities

Pernicious Identities
issue 165, Summer 2008

cover of issue 165
Pernicious Identities by Gary Bauslaugh
We are all part of the human family, yet we are divided too much by superficial differences. Humanists ought to provide a tolerant voice of reason.
reflections of a humanist
My Life as a Heretic by Theo Meijer
Theo Meijer fought prejudice as a non-believer living and teaching in a community under a strong religious influence.
special report
The Unacknowledged Scandal of Electoral Fraud by Michael Keefer
Michael Keefer revisits this very significant threat to democracy in America, a threat that is consistently and inexplicably ignored by the major media.


Imposing Identities by Marsha Hanen
Marsha Hanen explores the problem of imposed identities and how this affects human life.
Toward a Human Identity by Yehudi O Webster
Overemphasis of human differences, and too little emphasis on human similarities, generate prejudice, rejection and exclusion.
Seeking our Common Humanity by Madeline Bronsdon Rowan
A program developed several years ago at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia involved First Nation teenagers being trained to give lectures and tours to museum visitors.

columns & departments

things that go bump
Truth, Illusion & Identity by James Alcock
There are several biases that that contribute to illusions in regard to our identity.
Understanding Black Anger by Shirley Goldberg
The history of and reasons for black anger in America and the expression of those feelings in film are reviewed with the Obama campaign for the Presidency as a backdrop.
Say it with Balloons by Joan Givner
Joan Givner explores a misadventure with identity.

last word

Farewell by Gary Bauslaugh
A farewell from the Editor of Humanist Perspectives.

Exclusive Web Supplement

book review
A Little List by Ian Johnston
Civilization is about the creation, preservation, editing, and transmission of lists. These define how a civilization sees itself and its neighbours, and how it understands the world.
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