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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Humanist in the House

The following is adapted (with permission) from my presentation of the Humanist of the Year Award to Rep. Huffman at the American Humanist Association’s 79th Annual Conference, “Distant but Together: A Virtual Celebration of Humanism,” on August 8, 2020. IN MY MANY...

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A Payout for All Their Houses

THE ADMINISTRATION of President Donald Trump has failed to halt the spread of the coronavirus or come to the aid of Americans falling ill from COVID-19 or suffering financially due to the widespread impact of the pandemic. It did, however, show impressive...

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What a Tiny Virus Can Teach Us

"WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER." If a pandemic can be said to have a slogan, this was surely it. Please, don’t take my word for it. Let’s ask Google. As a search term, “together” drifted along for the past year, until it...

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Philosophy in a Time of Pandemic

IN JANUARY Vintage Books published How to Live a Good Life: A Guide to Choosing Your Own Personal Philosophy, edited by Massimo Pigliucci, Skye C. Cleary, and Daniel A. Kaufman. In the vein of Socrates and his dictum on the futility of...

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