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Blodwen Piercy: The Passing of an Outstanding Canadian Humanist

Blodwen Piercy: The Passing of an Outstanding Canadian Humanist

Blodwen Piercy will be especially missed by colleagues fortunate to have worked with her over the years in Canadian Humanist Publications (publisher of Humanist Perspectives Magazine), Human [...]
Sortition in Canada: A New Dawn for Democracy?

Sortition in Canada: A New Dawn for Democracy?

Sortition, the practice of selecting political officials through a lottery system rather than by election, traces its roots back to ancient Athens, the cradle of democracy. It was designed t [...]
World System Crisis and the Future of Democracy

World System Crisis and the Future of Democracy

Democracy began to emerge as an ideal of human relationships and social conduct that can be embodied within various political structures, but which ultimately transcends all such structures. [...]
The Value of Studying Philosophy

The Value of Studying Philosophy

The usual complaint levelled against philosophy is that its concerns are remote from everyday experience. But as I grappled with the big questions raised by the philosophers of the past, I b [...]
EDITORIAL: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY

EDITORIAL: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY

Simply put, elections encourage and reward lying. We have a system that does select out not the best people but, in some cases at least, the worst – the most effective liars. We do not want [...]
Road to Tukuyu: A Poem By Terry Rapoch

Road to Tukuyu: A Poem By Terry Rapoch

Now in his 70’s, Terry Rapoch’s astonishingly vivid memories of his experiences fifty years earlier as a CUSC volunteer teacher in Africa, ring out with authenticity. Is this something AI co [...]
Happy Girl: The Latimer Dialogues 5

Happy Girl: The Latimer Dialogues 5

After seven years in prison Robert Latimer is eligible for day parole, and he faces a politically-appointed Parole Board that will determine if he will be allowed to leave prison and stay, f [...]
Thou Shalt Not Steal, or Shouldst Thou?

Thou Shalt Not Steal, or Shouldst Thou?

Is the use of GAI equivalent to plagiarism? If so, what can/should we do about it? [...]
Machine Evolution

Machine Evolution

In this paper, we will examine several stages of various processes of evolution: Natural Selection, Artificial Selection, and Technological Selection. [...]
The danger from AI is real, but we can make it safe

The danger from AI is real, but we can make it safe

The last year has been a transformative year for AI. ChatGPT was released November 30th, 2022 and sparked a media firestorm. By February of this year, a little over 2 months after launch, Ch [...]
AI’s Moment is Here. Let’s Get it Right.

AI’s Moment is Here. Let’s Get it Right.

The last year has been a transformative year for AI. ChatGPT was released November 30th, 2022 and sparked a media firestorm. By February of this year, a little over 2 months after launch, Ch [...]
Embracing the Power of AI: Advantages and Opportunities

Embracing the Power of AI: Advantages and Opportunities

What does AI have to say about AI? One of our contributors, asks the question, and compiles the results. [...]
BOOK REVIEW: Sarah Bakewell’s HUMANLY POSSIBLE: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking and Hope

BOOK REVIEW: Sarah Bakewell’s HUMANLY POSSIBLE: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking and Hope

Reviewing a new study of humanist thought and humanist lives from the 14th to the 20th centuries, in a book which appeals equally to those familiar with the historical context and those seek [...]
A Post-Truth World?

A Post-Truth World?

“How do we know?” is a perennial epistemological question. The answer is becoming more difficult with the advent of social media which helps to create misinformation, disinformation and epi [...]
Truth and Lies

Truth and Lies

The flaw in Enlightenment thought was to erect an intellectual hierarchy that could explain many phenomena, but which found itself inadequate to comprehend the realm of the traditional, the [...]
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