Mapping Metaphor: This Is Your Brain on Figurative Language

“Children may not understand political alliances or intellectual argumentation, but they surely understand rubber bands and fistfights.”--Steven Pinker, from The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature (Viking, 2007). Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Then again, mischief is the hot smoke that curls off the end of...

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Vonnegut and Jefferson and Jesus

WE ARE NEARING another Indendence Day, for which much of the credit goes to Thomas Jefferson, a progenitor of modern American democracy. A bit farther away is another occasion worth noting. This November 11 marks one hundred years since the birth of...

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Journeys to Humanism

This issue explores a variety of paths that people travel to find their way to humanism. The path for each person is different, and yet, they share a desire to find meaning and an ethical and rational means of addressing the challenges...

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Why We Need More Black Humanists in Academia

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2021 Humanist of the Year, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

The following is adapted from the presentation of the Humanist of the Year Award to Dr. Anthony Fauci at the American Humanist Association’s 80th Annual Conference in July 2021. Introduction by AHA Board Member, Jennifer Kalmanson I am pleased to present the...

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