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Humanism Needs an Upgrade: Is Sentientism the Philosophy That Could Save the World?
Volume 39, No. 3
April / May 2019

There is a little-known philosophy, well-founded in reality, that provides a sound basis for compassionate ethics and which will eventually become our predominant way of thinking. That’s partly because adopting this philosophy will give us the best chance of addressing the world’s problems, from the climate change crisis to the impact of artificial general intelligence. …


The Long Fight for the Freedom to Blaspheme Has Lessons for Today
Volume 39, No. 3
April / May 2019

Blasphemy is the act of profaning the sacred. It is a crime as ancient as civilization itself. The gods apparently have always needed the protection of law to remain free from offense. I guess that makes them the beneficiaries of the first “safe spaces.” These days, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) fights blasphemy laws primarily …

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Introduction: Is This Zero Hour?
Volume 29, No. 3
April / May 2009

  Yet we’ve had too much fecundity; it’s now no virtue; it’s eating us out of house and home. —Edward Hoagland The decision to develop this feature was taken before the economic meltdown, when prices for gasoline, agricultural products, and metals were at or near all-time highs. Food riots rocked the developing world, not because …


Is the Population Bomb Finally Exploding?
Volume 29, No. 3
April / May 2009
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The quick answer to that question is “Yes.” But the finally requires qualification. The population bomb—the power of population size and its rapid growth to greatly darken the human future—has actually been exploding for many decades. It’s just that until recently people in general and the media in particular have not been paying attention. For …


Population Growth and Climate Change: Universal access to family planning should be the priority
Volume 29, No. 3
April / May 2009
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The world’s population now exceeds 6.7 billion, and humankind’s consumption of fossil fuels, freshwater, crops, fish, and forests exceeds supply. These facts are connected. The annual increase in population of about 79 million means that every week an extra 1.5 million people need food and somewhere to live. This amounts to a huge new city …


Introduction: Is This Zero Hour?
Volume 29, No. 3
April / May 2009

  Yet we’ve had too much fecundity; it’s now no virtue; it’s eating us out of house and home. —Edward Hoagland The decision to develop this feature was taken before the economic meltdown, when prices for gasoline, agricultural products, and metals were at or near all-time highs. Food riots rocked the developing world, not because …


Is the Population Bomb Finally Exploding?
Volume 29, No. 3
April / May 2009
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The quick answer to that question is “Yes.” But the finally requires qualification. The population bomb—the power of population size and its rapid growth to greatly darken the human future—has actually been exploding for many decades. It’s just that until recently people in general and the media in particular have not been paying attention. For …