Journals and Magazines

Commentary from Nicole Carr, AHA Deputy Director,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

In this issue of Humanist magazine, we celebrate the American Humanist Association’s 2021 Humanist of the Year, Dr. Anthony Fauci. As AHA Board member Jennifer Kalmanson said in her presentation of the award to Dr. Fauci, we chose to honor him “for his enduring legacy as a scientist, as a healer, and as a humanist.” …

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Therapeutic Touch: another health scam from America,Mahlon W Wagner,The Skeptic

This article originally appeared in The Skeptic, Volume 22, Issue 4, from 2011 It seems that every time I write or speak to an audience outside of the United States I am saddened to announce another quackery that originates from or has a major emphasis in that country. Today I am again ready to tell …

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ASMR: the emerging scientific quest to understand brain ‘tingles’,Sarah Hearne,The Skeptic

I’m at the travel agents and the agent is writing down flight options for me on one of their compliment slips. They use that rounded handwriting that all travel agents seem to have and write carefully and deliberately. I watch, because I want to check the details going down are as we’ve discussed. But as …

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What Would a Humanist Do? Convincing the Booster-Skeptics,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

Today we bring you our latest installment of “What Would a Humanist Do?”—offering multiple AHA staff opinions on reader questions. Because while humanists are committed to being good without a god, sometimes they need a little advice on how to pull it off. Q: My 70-year-old uncle isn’t an anti-vaxxer or science denier, but he is …

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The Comics Section: The Great Outage,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The latest from Cagle Cartoons!     The Great Facebook Outage by John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune, PA   The post The Comics Section: The Great Outage appeared first on TheHumanist.com. The latest from Cagle Cartoons!     The Great Facebook Outage by John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune, PA   The post The Comics Section: …

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The paradox of progress: how some social improvements paper over unfairness and inequality,Aaron Rabinowitz,The Skeptic

When people ask about my political persuasion, the first word that always comes to mind is ‘progressive’. I was raised to believe that progress is both possible and desirable, and that society exists to increase our quality of life by promoting progress. Recently though, I’ve been forced to question every part of this world view, …

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Meet the New AHA Intern: Ankita Kumar,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

Welcome our new social justice programming intern, Ankita Kumar! What is your educational and work background? I studied English and Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I started off just doing Computer Science, with a plan to take a few creative writing classes on the side. As time passed, I realized that only …

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Ethnographic Evidence for Unbelief in Non-Western Cultures: Unbelief in Medieval Europe—The Age of Faith,Nicole Scott,Free Inquiry

As Étienne Gilson (1884–1978), French philosopher and historian of philosophy, once observed of Medieval Europe: It is often said, and not without good reasons, that the civilization of the Middle Ages was an essentially religious one. Yet even in times of the Cathedrals and of the Crusades, not everybody was a saint; it would not …

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Examining Miracle Claims: Philosophical and Investigative Approaches,Nicole Scott,Free Inquiry

A miracle is usually defined as an event supposedly unexplainable by nature. But such a definition is predicated on a logical fallacy called arguing from ignorance—that is, from a lack of knowledge. It is like saying, “We don’t know; therefore, we do know.” Anglican writer C. S. Lewis (1898–1963) succinctly defined a miracle as “an …

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