Must Humanists Be Naturalists?
Are secular humanists obliged to sign up to naturalism? Should we define humanism (or secular humanism, as some prefer to call it in the United States) as involving a commitment to naturalism? Many humanists often define humanism that way, of course.
Evil God and Mirror Theodicies
Most theodicies that defend a good god have mirror twins that defend an evil god.
Relaunching the International Academy of Humanism
In the United States, atheists and humanists are among its most vilified and distrusted citizens. One of the most effective ways of countering this prejudice is to offer a vivid reminder that some of the world’s leading moral, cultural, and scientific figures are indeed humanists. A good place to start is with the past and …
Intellectual Black Holes and Bullshit
Even among the world’s best-educated and most scientifically literate populations, ridiculous belief systems abound. Huge numbers of people believe in such things as astrology, television psychics, crystal divination, the healing powers of magnets, and the prophecies of Nostradamus. Many suppose that the pyramids were built by aliens, that the Holocaust never happened, or that the …