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Food for thought: the Hungry Ghost Festival of Singapore,Henry Wu,The Skeptic

If you were to visit Singapore on the seventh month of the lunar calendar, you could be in for a very unusual experience. There will be no gentle afternoon breeze, just hot smoke with a serving of glowing embers. Instead of pristine streets, only piles upon piles of burning ashes lay in plain sight. With …

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AHA’s Ten Commitments at Work in Uganda,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

Uganda Humanist Schools Trust (UHST) was established in 2008 as a charity to raise funds in support of the efforts made by Ugandan Humanists, to found and support schools that offer students a liberal, secular, humanist education in Uganda. Five schools are now in operation, including Katumba Parents Humanist Primary School in Bundibugyo, which was …

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Medical mistrust: what to do when the evidence isn’t enough,Robyn Lowe,The Skeptic

Mistrust and health discrimination Research has shown that mistrust of medical professionals and medical systems results in worse outcomes for patients. Huzar 2021 If your car breaks down you seek a mechanic; if your tooth hurts you seek a dentist; if you have a health concern you seek a doctor; and if your pet is …

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2022 Connecticut Darwin Day: Ocean Fossils Reveal Secret to Mass Extinctions,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

In 2009, a group of dedicated teachers, citizens, and scientists from Fairfield County (aka the Southern Connecticut Darwin Day Committee) came together to organize a dinner to commemorate the anniversary of the publication of The Origin of the Species and the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. Each year since, under the leadership of John Levin …

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Traditional Chinese Medicine’s grip on Singaporean society,Earnest Lim Yuan,The Skeptic

She woke up early on a Saturday morning with a migraine. Two hours later, twenty needles were sticking out of her face. If we found ourselves in this situation, popping an aspirin and heading back to bed would be the first course of action for most of us. For Vanessa, a 22-year-old Chinese Singaporean pursuing …

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Charles, Prince of Wales: the alternative prince,Edzard Ernst,The Skeptic

Over the past two decades, I have supported efforts to focus healthcare on the particular needs of the individual patient, employing the best and most appropriate forms of treatment from both orthodox and complementary medicine in a more integrated way. The Prince of Wales 1997 This quote is a charmingly British understatement, indeed! Prince Charles …

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A night in The Drovers Inn: a special report from Scotland’s supposedly most haunted hotel,Brian Eggo,The Skeptic

Picture the scene: It’s Scotland in late November. The gateway to the Highlands. The rain is lashing down as you look for shelter before the last of the remaining daylight ebbs away. In the distance an imposing old building shows signs of activity. There’s no chance of finding anywhere else before night falls, so now …

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The Angels of Mons and Elsewhere – Part Two: Even More Tales of Supernatural Rescue,Scott Wood,The Skeptic

This article originally appeared in The Skeptic, Volume 18, Issue 2, from 2005 In the first article in this series, I explained the origins of the fabled Angels of Mons, and the myths that rose around them. However, none of the mythmaking that took place during the First World War was new or unique – …

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The Comics Section: Black History Year,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The latest from Cagle Cartoons!     Black History Month Every Month by Bob Englehart, PoliticalCartoons.com The post The Comics Section: Black History Year appeared first on TheHumanist.com. The latest from Cagle Cartoons!     Black History Month Every Month by Bob Englehart, PoliticalCartoons.com The post The Comics Section: Black History Year appeared first on …

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Faith in Oneself: Towards a Black Humanist Buddhism,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

This article is the first in a series marking Black History Month that will include profiles of current and historical Black humanists and explorations of relevant issues. One of the most identifying traits of Black American culture is our near-universal experience of being a “churched” people. Nearly eighty percent of us identify as Christians, and …

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