* Humanist Perspectives: issue 173, Summer 2010

Humanist Perspectives: issue 173, Summer 2010

Issue 173, Summer 2010

cover of issue 173


Who’s a Hero Here? by Yves Saint-Pierre
In this editorial, Yves Saint-Pierre reflects on the adulation for and disproportionate rewarding of public amusers. He also considers some of the implications of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth which he attended in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in April.

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My Epicurian Mom by Dennis Bartels, illustrated by Mireille Durand
Set in the sixth century, this delightful tale of the adventures at sea of young Hypatia is both entertaining and instructive. It provides an overview of some of the stronger philosophical streams at the time while always giving priority to the narrative. The story is enriched with beautiful illustrations.

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The Poverty of Accommodationism by David Rand
Much appreciated frequent contributor, David Rand, here analyses the different types and motivations of accommodationism. He highlights their weaknesses and dangers most convincingly.

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Canadians for Limits to Growth
This manifesto, signed by an impressive group of former members of the Club of Rome, sets out their position regarding population growth and the imperative of constant economic growth. It is introduced by one of their number, distinguished poet, Henry Beissel.

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A Poet’s Voice poems by Elka Enola
The biographical note, author’s statement and edifying poems of this talented Ontario poet can be read on line.

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Canada’s Dirty Little Secret by Richard Young
This very well researched and strongly presented piece exposes the scandal of the public funding of Catholic Schools in Ontario. A must-read for all Ontario parents, all Ontario rate payers and all Canadians who care about our Charter and what it stands for.

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The Cochabamba Declaration
We offer in its entirety the proclamation that came out of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth held in Cochabamba, Bolivia last April. If you care about Earth, about Life, read and support it.

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Last Page Humour: Letter to a Televangelist
In this found piece, a televangelist is called upon to answer troubling questions arising from biblical texts.

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