Yearly Archives: 1998

Satire and the Humanist Message

You’ll enjoy this scientific parody of Bishop Ussher’s insistence that the world was created 6000 years ago. I also reflect on the use of satire generally, for conveying the humanist message. Continue reading

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How Culture Defines Reality, and Vice Versa

Which is real, a horse or a unicorn? We know, but we don’t always know why we know. The same can be said for concepts, theories, religions, and other mental constructs. Continue reading

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Creatures of the Mind

Fascinating parallels exist between the way biological life has evolved and the more recent and rapid evolution of human ideas, thoughts, and mental constructs. These parallels provide a variety of interesting insights, for philosophers and humanists as well as for social scientists. Continue reading

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Whole Hog Humanism

There are at least two levels of belief between the true believer and the full-fledged humanist. Many people who have rejected the more outlandish folk-tales of the particular religion they have been raised in have nonetheless been caught in one of these way-stations. I argue that they should go the whole hog, and become complete humanists. Continue reading

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The High Price of Virginity

Reminiscences about virgin peaks in Nepal and a virgin maiden in the Middle East Continue reading

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The Eternal Woman

With more courage, perhaps, than judgement, I have encapsulated the role of women in human evolution–past, present, and future. Continue reading

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The Boundaries of Faith

There are gaps in the fossil evidence supporting Darwin’s theory of evolution. In a sense therefore we accept on faith that evolution was occurring even in those places where we lack concrete evidence. Does this equate with the creationist’s faith? I argue that there are different kinds of faith, and it is useful to distinguish between them… Continue reading

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Sex and Creativity

President Clinton’s sex drive has gotten him into trouble–but would he ever have become President without it? Scratching at this issue opens a Pandora’s box of unanswered questions about our inner natures. Continue reading

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Humanist Ethics

We are social animals. Our genes are “hard-wired” to absorb the language patterns of our group during our first years, as infant and small child. While we are learning what is to become our native language, we are also absorbing … Continue reading

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Human Nature

Christians and many others assume there is something ugly and undesirable about the basic elements of human nature, including the killer instinct and the sex drive. The Progressive Humanist notes that these are our roots, and out of them we have forged the human qualities we value. Don’t be ashamed, we say, be proud of our origins! Continue reading

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In Defence of Darwinism

The attacks on Darwinism are from many directions these days, and are often cloaked in scientific language. Here we examine some of these attacks and evaluate them. Continue reading

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