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2000

Why Getting It Right Matters


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 20 issue 1
By Danniel C. Dennett
Why Getting It Right Matters Daniel C. Dennett Here is a story you probably haven’t heard, about how a team of American researchers inadvertently introduced a virus into a third-world country they were studying. They were experts in their field, and they had the best intentions; they thought they were...

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Are the Media Killing Democracy?


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By Robert W. McChesney
Are The Media Killing Democracy? Robert W. McChesney Our era rests upon a massive paradox. On the one hand, it is an age of dazzling breakthroughs in communication and information technologies. Communication is so intertwined with the economy and culture that our times have been dubbed the Information Age. Sitting...

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God, Guns, and the Religious Right


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God, Guns, and the Religious Right An Interview with Cynthia Tucker Cynthia Tucker is a nationally syndicated columnist and editorial page editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has written on religion, reproductive rights, gun control, the religious Right, church-state separation, and many other issues. Free Inquiry interviewed Ms. Tucker to...

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Beyond All Reason


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By Robert B. Tapp
Beyond All Reason Robert B. Tapp At the outset, let me state my conclusion: nothing. Many things can and do come before reason, and after it, and even alongside it, but nothing can or should replace it when rationalists describe their ongoing criterion of action and reflection. Not only within...

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The Promise of Manifesto 2000


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By Paul Kurtz
EDITORIAL The Promise of Manifesto 2000 Paul Kurtz Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for a New Planetary Humanism, published in Free Inquiry (Fall 1999), is unique in that it advocates a new global ethic based on scientific naturalism, not on ancient religious pieties. Humanist Manifesto 2000 emphasizes that we are...

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Weirding Out on Creationism


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By Katha Pollitt
OP-ED Weirding Out on Creationism Katha Pollitt My first thought upon hearing that the Kansas state education board had removed evolution from its mandatory curriculum was: Go ahead! Be like that! Handicap your kids for life. Let the “secular humanists” have all the good colleges and get all the good...

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A Wiser View of Abortion


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By Diana Brown
OP-ED A Wiser View of Abortion Diana Brown Every year some 45 million pregnancies, out of a total of 175 million, end in abortion. Nearly half of those abortions (20 million) are medically unsafe, resulting in the deaths of nearly 80,000 women a year and a much larger number suffering...

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The Daybreak of Secular Humanism in Africa


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By Alfred T. Kisubi
OP-ED The Daybreak of Secular Humanism in Africa Alfred T. Kisubi   Outraged and horrified by the indescribable savagery being sanctioned, unleashed and inflicted in the name of religion, Africa as it stands on the verge of a new century is on the edge of a new era—The era of...

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Living by the Bells


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By Sally Cole Mooney
OP-ED Living by the Bells Sally Cole Mooney I live by the bells of St. Dominic’s, the towering Catholic church that lies up a block and over two—a chess-piece move—from my small, raised house in the old New Orleans neighborhood known as Lakeview. The church ladies cluster in the coffee...

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2000

Letters, Vol. 20, No. 1


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LETTERS   Pessimism about the Human Prospect Humanist Manifesto 2000 (FI, Fall 1999, p. 17) states, “As members of the human community on this planet we need to nurture a sense of optimism about the Human Prospect.” I’m all in favor of optimism except when it contradicts reality. I think...

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