Journals and Magazines

Foreign aid, ethical obligations and the morality of giving,Julian Baggini,The Skeptic

This article originally appeared in The Skeptic, Volume 22, Issue 4, from 2011 I’d love to be a full-blown foreign aid sceptic. Nothing spoils an evening in a nice restaurant like a good dose of western middle-class guilt about poverty in the developing world. Wouldn’t it be great if we could dissolve it, and get …

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The mystery of the Gedriya: Unexplained lights over the Arabian Desert,David Mountain,The Skeptic

It was December 1935, and the explorer Freya Stark was camping in the Hadhramaut, a desolate and dangerous region in the southern Arabian Peninsula. After a long day’s trek across the sands, she and her Bedouin guides were enjoying a pot of coffee around the campfire. But something was stirring in the inky depths of …

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Haiti Earthquake: A Humanist Response Updates,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

In early August of this year, Haiti was affected by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, more powerful than the 2010 earthquake which killed, injured, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. This most recent earthquake came as the country was already reeling from  a presidential assassination and continued unrest. The death toll has risen to over …

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The BBC’s ‘Sickness and Lies’ adds to the stigma disabled and chronically ill people experience,Alice Howarth,The Skeptic

At the beginning of August – just a few days after Disability Pride Month came to a close – The BBC broadcast a new documentary, called Sickness and Lies. Accompanying the documentary was an article headlined “Munchausen by Internet: Are chronic illness influencers really faking it” which said: as visibility has grown, so have accusations …

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‘Prevent Senior’ in Brazil accused of conducting unethical medical experiments on Covid patients,Natália Pasternak,The Skeptic

According to O Globo, one of the most widely-read newspapers in Brazil, last February a town in the state of Amazonas, Itacoatiara, in dire straits due to the COVID-19 pandemic, received a visit from a “saviour” – the president of Samel, of a private healthcare company – bringing a miracle cure for the disease in …

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Yes, We’re Calling it Latinx Heritage Month. Here’s Why.,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

As we celebrate this year’s Latinx Heritage Month, the choice to use the term “Latinx” instead of “Hispanic” is met with a slew of questions that can be summarized as Why? The reasoning behind the use of Latinx instead of Hispanic in recent years is largely informed by the American Humanist Association’s (AHA’s) work with …

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AHA Weighs in on Abortion Rights and Capital Punishment,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

The American Humanist Association (AHA) has recently signed on to two amicus briefs for the Supreme Court in cases that involve issues central to humanist values. The first friend of the court brief was submitted last week in a reproductive rights case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Court will hear this case, which …

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Placebo inhalers can’t treat asthma: another ‘powerful placebo’ myth busted,Mike Hall,The Skeptic

If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, then the placebo effect is the last refuge of alternative medicine. When backed into a corner with nowhere else to go, and challenged by data which demonstrates their remedies are no more effective than placebo, alternative medicine practitioners will cry ‘but we know placebos are powerful, …

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Books Help Us See Ourselves and Each Other,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash Each year, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of access to books throughout our lives. The 2021 theme, Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us., is intended to be inclusive and emphasizes the ways in which books and information bring people together, help individuals see …

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