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Books in Brief, Vol. 20, No. 1


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BOOKS IN BRIEF   Critiquing Notions of Mind David C. Noelle On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987–1997 by Paul M. Churchland and Patricia S. Churchland (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998, ISBN 0-262-03254-6) 320 pp., cloth $27.00. The Churchlands are philosophers who have spent their careers illuminating ancient questions concerning the nature...

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Dec
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1999

Are the Religious Founders Unfounded?


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By Lewis Vaughn
One need not be a biblical scholar to see that this boat is missing most of its planks.

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Dec
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1999

Was Joseph Smith for Real?


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By Mark D. Thomas
The Book of Mormon is a paradigm of all that Joseph Smith did. Smith’s translations and revelations speak the language of myth. Myth creates or discovers a world.

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Dec
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1999

A Closer Look at the Originators of the Major Religions


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By Robert M. Price
The lives of most religious founders have come down to us, not as straight biography, but as sets of devotional myths and pious object lessons.

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Dec
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1999

Voltaire vs.Intolerance


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By Wendy McElroy
Voltaire promoted empiricism, rationalism, social reform, and freedom of thought. He waged war against Christianity and injustice.

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Dec
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1999

Outlawing Unbelief


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By Tom Flynn
Seven states of the Union still define atheists, secular humanists, and other freethinkers as second-class citizens.

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Oct
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1999

Introduction: Bioethics and the Human Condition


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 19 issue 4
By Timothy J. Madigan
MEDICAL ETHICS Bioethics and the Human Condition: Introduction Timothy J. Madigan Humanists have usually been in the forefront of social movements that advocate the use of advanced medical technologies to better the human condition. This has certainly been the case in the battles to legalize abortion and voluntary euthanasia; to...

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Oct
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1999

Older Women, Pregnancy, and Postmodernism


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By Colleen Clements
MEDICAL ETHICS Older Women, Pregnancy and Postmodernism The irrationality of saying no to 60-something women Colleen Clements It is becoming clearer that the current postmodernist trend in medical ethics is inconsistent and contradictory. This should be expected, because postmodernist ethics is based on a philosophy that denies the importance of...

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Oct
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1999

The Future of Engineering Humans


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MEDICAL ETHICS The Future of Engineering Humans An Interview with Bioethicist Arthur Caplan Arthur Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Trustee Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of the nation’s leading bioethicists. He has published numerous books including When Medicine Went Mad (Humana Press,...

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Oct
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1999

The Risks of Animal-Human Transplants


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By Laura Purdy
MEDICAL ETHICS The Risks of Animal-Human Transplants Why they may be a bad idea Laura Purdy One of the hottest new issues in bioethics is the prospect of “xenotransplantation,” using nonhuman tissue and organs to treat human disease. Why is the possibility of using animal materials so attractive? The reason...

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