Humanist Perspectives: issue 189, Summer 2014

Issue 189, Summer 2014

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Humanist Perspectives is a refreshing, rational analysis of modern events and culture and is available at select magazine stores or by online subscription.


Genes, ideology, and behaviour by Madeline Weld
Conflicts that become news are presented almost entirely from an ethnic, religious, or political perspective, when in fact many arise from increasing scarcity.

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The Most Endangered Species by Chris Clugston
As a consequence of our dependence upon nonrenewable natural resources (NNRs) – the finite and non-replenishing fossil fuels, metals, and nonmetallic minerals that enable our industrialized existence – we are both the hapless victims of our self-inflicted predicament and the tragic perpetrators of our self-inflicted demise.

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The Devil's Advocate: The Land of Cain by Joseph Graham
Cartier, arriving in the land of Cain, would meet but never understand the culture of the Iroquoian people who then lived in the Saint Lawrence Valley.
Genopolitics and the Future of Secular Humanism by Sophie Dulesh
We know about the primary defining influence of our genes on our appearance, intellect, emotional makeup, susceptibility to certain diseases and so on. But can they really have a primary predestinating influence on our sociopolitical engagement?

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Belief, Life, and Understanding: An Engineer's Take by Paul Meernik
We have arrived at humanity's fundamental conflict: We strive for control but know we will die.

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On Puritanism by Plato Mamo
Beginning with Paul, we have a veritable campaign against the "flesh" together with a contempt for woman as the temptress, the infectious one, the dangerous one.

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The Demise of the Arab Narrative by Mordechai Kedar
The Arab nationalism expressed by the Arab League and its institutions, including at the Arab Summit, turned out to be nothing more than a fig leaf to cover the naked factionalism, scheming, vengeance seeking, hatred, jealousy and competitiveness that encumbered every collective action of the Arab countries.
How We Will Live On by Robert J. (Bob) Thompson
Let no one say that death, though occasionally regrettable, is anything but natural.


The Lesson of Rwanda: A Review of Two Books by Roméo Dallaire by Eric Thomas
What makes Dallaire's painful journey almost unbearable is the fact that its course was determined by the convoluted gyrations of United Nations politics and its self-aggrandizing agenda.
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