Humanist Perspectives: issue 185, Summer 2013

Issue 185, Summer 2013

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Eternal vigilance, the price of liberty by Richard Young
It’s no exaggeration to say that every day in the news we are provided with ample fresh reminders of why the separation of church and state is such a profoundly good idea.

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Joe Piercy Remembered by Simon Parcher
The passing of an Outstanding Canadian Humanist.
Free Will: Fact or Fiction by David Reeve
Men believe themselves to have free will because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined. – Spinoza.

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My ovaries are not church property a photograph by Zoe Wiseman
One of my favourite fantasies... is that next Sunday not one single woman, in any country of the world, will go to church.
Who Am I? More to the point, why am I who I think I am? by John K. Nixon
The French philosopher René Descartes is best known for his cryptic statement “Je pense, donc je suis” (I think, therefore I am) – Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum – which has fuelled endless debate over what is real and what is not.
The Trouble With Humanists by David Rand
How atheophobic attitudes among Humanists compromise the fight for freedom of conscience.

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Canadian Perspective on the US Financial Crisis, Part 1 of 2 by Morgan Duchesney
In spite of Goldman Sachs’ shameless conduct in the recent US credit crisis, President Obama has delivered a message yesterday to both Americans and Canadians by appointing Goldman Sachs partner Bruce Heyman as ambassador to Canada.
A Poet’s Voice poems by Monty Reid
Monty Reid is an Ottawa writer. His most recent books are The Luskville Reductions (Brick) and Disappointment Island (Chaudiere). Chapbooks from his recent Garden sequence have been published by small presses in many countries, including England, France, Japan, the USA and Canada.

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Nuclear Power in Canada: Perception and Promise by Jeremy Whitlock
The most remarkable thing about this Canadian achievement is perhaps that hardly anyone in Canada knows about it.

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Book Reviews

Henry Beissel reviews Deep Future by Curt Stager and Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
It is rare that a work of fiction and a scientific study enter your field of vision at the same time, and as you browse through them you realize they’re intimately connected...
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