America the Beautiful’s Germ Warfare Rash

In his bellicose Cincinnati, Ohio, speech of October 7, 2002, President George W. Bush warned that Saddam Hussein must not be allowed to threaten America with "horrible poisons and diseases and gases and atomic weapons." While Iraq's possession of these weapons later proved to be unfounded, the president's charges did...

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The Fragility of Truth in the Existential Crisis

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication. He is director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and...

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More Light Than Heat

The Climate Book, a massive anthology compiled by Greta Thunberg—the young Swedish environmental activist who won global fame after she launched her School Strike for Climate in 2018—offers a compendious treatment of climate change. Its five parts offer to explain how climate...

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Is It Time to Talk About Reparations?

FROM TIME TO TIME, I’ll receive emails and calls from humanists and atheists thanking me for my work—and in those short exchanges I’m often told that I am an important new voice advancing humanism. While I appreciate these comments, I can’t help...

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Upgrading our Humanism: Building a Lifestyle of Embodied Values

This article is adapted from a session presented at the 81st Annual Conference of the American Humanist Association in July 2022. One evening nearly a decade ago, I found myself with friends in a Chicago bar having a few drinks after a...

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