Journals and Magazines

“I do try to think more critically!”: The Parapod’s Barry Dodds on his belief in the paranormal,Brian Eggo,The Skeptic

Imagine watching multiple episodes of Most Haunted, except switch out Ciarán O’Keeffe with staunch sceptic (not with a ‘k’, and with a lower case ‘s’) Ian Boldsworth, and instead of Yvette Fielding you get the joyously naive believer Barry Dodds. They’re both comedians too, so add a healthy dose of laughs and shenanigans along with …

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Latinx Nonreligious Americans on the Rise,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune on October 5, 2021. Amid increased calls for diversity and representation, the reality continues to be that the media leans heavily on stereotypes and tropes, making necessary a serious focus on the lack of intersectionality. Take into account some examples from pop culture. Jane the Virgin, a …

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Journeys to Humanism: The Family That Reads Together,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

Journeys to Humanism, theHumanist.com’s regular series, features real stories from humanists in our community. From heartwarming narratives of growth, to more difficult journeys, our readers open up about their experiences coming to humanism. Julia DavisSt. Louis Park, MN My parents were raised Christian Scientist (Dad) and Methodist (Mom), but they raised my siblings and me …

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We all want to feel special and unique – which is what leads some of us to conspiracy theories,Dave Hahn,The Skeptic

Facts do not matter when confronting hardcore conspiracy theory believers. Facts will not have the silver bullet effect that we want them to, and if they did work, we wouldn’t have conspiracy theorists to deal with in the first place. What matters instead is the motivation present in the believer. If that motivation can be …

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CHURCH & STATE | To Defeat COVID, We First Must Overcome The Dangerous Lies Of Christian Nationalism,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

I hope you had a chance to listen to Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s remarks during the recent American Humanist Association virtual conference or read them in this issue. Listening to Fauci’s words, I felt pride that he’s part of our movement and that the AHA saw fit to award him its highest honor of Humanist …

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PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING | A New Dimension for Humanism?,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

Why does humanism center human needs and interests alone? Humanist ethics are based on compassion for other humans because we know, from our own lives and from science, that other humans experience suffering and joy just as we do. Most likely, we care about other humans because of our evolved tendencies to cooperate and feel …

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Advancing Humanism in a Red State,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

This article is adapted from a discussion hosted at the American Humanist Association’s 80th Annual Conference in July 2021. Rachel Deitch, AHA’s policy and social justice director, spoke with Megan Hunt, Nebraska State Senator and one of over 80 elected officials, at all levels of government, that identify with the humanist and atheist community. RACHEL …

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Organizing Young Humanists,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

This article is adapted from a panel discussion hosted at the American Humanist Association’s 80th Annual Conference in July 2021. Four young humanist leaders gathered to discuss ways to bring younger people into the humanist community. Julia Julstrom-Agoyo, who moderated the discussion, is the AHA youth representative to the United Nations and the Future of …

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2021 Humanist of the Year, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The following is adapted from the presentation of the Humanist of the Year Award to Dr. Anthony Fauci at the American Humanist Association’s 80th Annual Conference in July 2021. Introduction by AHA Board Member, Jennifer Kalmanson I am pleased to present the 2021 Humanist of the Year Award to Dr. Anthony Fauci on behalf of …

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