The HUMANIST Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ahead of this Sunday's premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, TheHumanist.com revisits our 2009 interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, winner of that year's Isaac Asimov Science Award at the American Humanist Association's 68th Annual Conference. Tyson's reboot of Cosmos follows Carl Sagan's wildly popular original. Watch the premiere on Sunday, March 9...

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Humanism and the Burqa Bugaboo

The recent burqa controversy, plaguing France has produced yet another headache for liberals, humanists, and lovers of democracy who feel themselves trapped between conflicting principles. While the term “burqa” (a head-to-toe covering) is commonly used in...

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What a Secular Monument Looks Like

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If Social Media Is Making Us Worse, Can We Make It Better?

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Jennifer Ouellette describes herself as a “recovering” English major who stumbled into science writing by accident and has been “exploring her inner geek ever since.” Ouellette often uses pop culture, fantasy, and science fiction as tools to communicate scientific ideas to mainstream...

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Natural Disasters & the Humanist Response

LAST FALL THE UNITED STATES and the Caribbean were battered by three devastating, record-breaking hurricanes—Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, Irma in the Caribbean and Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. The destructive power of these hurricanes was extreme,...

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