Journals and Magazines

All the plastic that’s ever been made still exists – so where does it all go?,Sarah Clement,The Skeptic

Stories on the environmental impact of plastics, particularly on the marine environment, have been all over the news, of late. Harrowing tales of the impacts on charismatic creatures like whales, sea turtles, seabirds, and even adorable seal pups are regularly published, and a BBC documentary showcased the scale of the problem. The attention has helped foster policy momentum, and 2018 saw the launch …

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Secular Elected Officials and More at June’s Virtual AHACON22!,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

This year the American Humanist Association (AHA) is celebrating more than eighty years of humanist thought and action by bringing our humanist community together again for the 2022 Virtual Conference. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th for two days of exciting sessions, awards, and presentations, as well as …

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Say cheese: we shouldn’t listen to scaremongering about oestrogen and dairy,Alice Howarth,The Skeptic

I love cheese. I promise I’m not just going to continue exclusively writing articles about food stuffs I like, but last month’s chilli article did quite well so at least some of you enjoy reading it! At the beginning of 2019, in the halcyon days pre-COVID-19, an article popped up from Tim Samuels headlined “Why …

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Humanist Groups Support Student Activists,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

A decline in public investment in education has caused great hardship for students across the country trying to keep up with decades of skyrocketing tuition costs and piling student loans. In the last 40 years, average tuition and fees at four-year institutions rose 213 percent at private schools and 300 percent at public schools. Students …

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Regulators take action against dentist offering applied kinesiology and cranial osteopathy,Shaun Sellars,The Skeptic

When most people think of dentists and dentistry, they imagine fillings, extractions and other treatments related to the teeth. But it’s not uncommon for us to venture away from the mouth a little. Some musculature problems associated with the jaw joint present as pain around the temple or behind the eyes and can often be …

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Humanists Celebrate National Day of Reason Resolution,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

On Friday, Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and Representative Jared Huffman (CA-2)—both founding members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus—introduced a resolution to recognize May 4th, 2022 as a “National Day of Reason.” The resolution is co-sponsored by fellow Congressional Freethought Caucus members Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Representative Hank Johnson (GA-4), Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2), Representative …

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Jordan Peterson, climate change, and the many definitions of a scientific model,Trevor Sloughter,The Skeptic

It’s been an interesting time to be a modeller. The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was split among three modellers. Shortly thereafter Jordan Peterson haemorrhaged a string of words that roughly translated to “I don’t understand climate models and therefore they are wrong”. Meanwhile epidemiological models have spent the past two years being derided in …

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The Catholic Fátima movement’s conspiracy theories over the Russian invasion of Ukraine,Gabriel Andrade,The Skeptic

Scientists have long known that stressful situations arouse magical thinking. Anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski famously observed that when Trobriand Islanders fish in the calm waters of the lagoon, they do so rather mundanely; but when they go out to fish in the dangerous open sea, they engage in very complicated rituals. Wars are very stressful situations, …

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Humanists Take Action,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

For humanists and others without supernatural belief systems, ethical values are most effectively expressed through tangible, meaningful acts. Actions have the potential to inspire and engage a broad range of people in a way that declarations of ideology cannot. Likewise, sharing experiences of giving and service with others can help elevate discourse about issues of …

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Poetry Contest: Your Best Humanist Haikus for National Poetry Month,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

TheHumanist.com is pleased to announce the winners of our Third Annual Haiku Contest in honor of National Poetry Month. Three weeks ago, we requested entries of haikus about humanism and humanist values. Submissions were required to be in the form of a haiku, a seemingly simple form of poetry in three lines: five syllables on …

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