Journals and Magazines

Review: Pray Away Documentary,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The documentary Pray Away (now streaming on Netflix) demonstrates the immense power of religious belief and its ability to destroy people’s lives. It follows survivors of conversion therapy and leaders from Exodus International, an organization created to forcefully persuade individuals to denounce their same-sex attractions and conform to a heteronormative life. The film profiles several individuals—including leaders …

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Inside the White Rose: the extremist groups looking to capitalise on Covid paranoia,Michael Marshall,The Skeptic

In my previous articles in this series, I introduced the White Rose movement, and how their guerrilla campaign of Covid conspiracy graffiti led members of the public into an online ecosystem of pandemic paranoia, in the shape of a busy network of overlapping Telegram groups. So while I initially joined The White Rose group, I …

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Though it remains unlikely, we’ve too little data to fully rule out the lab leak hypothesis… yet,Wendy M. Grossman,The Skeptic

When the filmmaker Nanfu Wang moved to the US from China, circa 2012, she was “attracted by the freedom”. She had never seen a protest. On a Christmas visit to her family, she was in Wuhan when the first reports emerged of an unknown virus that caused a pneumonia-like illness. In her new documentary, In …

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Journeys to Humanism: Embracing Reality,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. James Jarrett This article was originally published on the Becoming Human blog. There once was a child who was born in a …

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AHA Grants Bringing Humanism Online and to the Streets,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The COVID pandemic isn’t stopping our local groups from finding compelling ways to introduce new audiences to humanism and put humanist values into action for communities in need. The American Humanist Association (AHA) is proud to help fund their work with our annual chapter grants. In 2021, we awarded nearly $10,000 in grants to support …

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The Comics Section: Motivated Reasoning and Out of Date Objections,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The latest from Jesus and Mo and Cagle Cartoons!         Pfizer Approval by Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News, NY   The post The Comics Section: Motivated Reasoning and Out of Date Objections appeared first on TheHumanist.com. The latest from Jesus and Mo and Cagle Cartoons!         Pfizer Approval by …

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Philosopher’s corner: where a false claim becomes a nonsense claim,Julian Baggini,The Skeptic

This article originally appeared in The Skeptic, Volume 15, Issue 2, from 2002. There are only two things I disbelieve as a matter of principle: things that are false and things that are nonsense. The difference between the two is important, and is giving me a headache. One useful philosophical principle that can help us …

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Closing the information gap on GM technology means addressing fear, as well as ignorance,Natália Pasternak,The Skeptic

Science communication is a challenge in itself. It demands training, practice, and a good deal of patience. There are some issues that are hard to communicate even for natural-born talents or seasoned, trained professionals. Being a bacterial geneticist and having worked with genetic modification in the lab, genetics is both my favorite scientific subject to …

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The idea that four placebo pills are more powerful than two sounds magical – because it isn’t true,Mike Hall,The Skeptic

In 2001, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study titled Is The Placebo Powerless? An Analysis of Clinical Trials Comparing Placebo with No Treatment. This was an influential review, prompting follow-ups in 2004 and 2010, the latter of these being for the Cochrane Collaboration. Each of these papers draws comparable conclusions: there is …

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