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, but their impacts were exacerbated by human decisions...

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Artificial Stupidity

Computers aren’t bigoted—they’re just based on cold calculations, right? The past two years have featured a steady drumbeat of problems with various artificial intelligence (AI) procedures, centered around a common theme: they produce the same kind...

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Such a Voice Is Needed: The Humanist Interview with Salman Rushdie

SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of fourteen novels, has written collections of fiction and non-fiction, and in 2012 published his memoir, Joseph Anton. His second novel, Midnight’s Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was named “Best of the Booker” in...

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Secular Students Are Leading the Way

IN MY CAPACITY as the national organizing manager for the Secular Student Alliance, I’ve had the opportunity to meet thousands of students across the country who eschew religious belief or a religious identity but who are seeking like minds and a sense...

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Climate Justice: The Minnesota Model for Building a Better Future for Us All

ON MAY 18, 2019, the American Humanist Association’s Center for Education hosted the latest in its open lecture series, “Climate Justice: A Better Future for Us All.” Held at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, the event featured Minnesota state and regional...

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What’s Really behind Evangelicals’ Climate Denial?

  BY ALL ESTIMATES, the earth has gone through five mass extinctions, all of which were the direct result of some form of cataclysmic climate change. These cataclysmic changes were mostly caused by large amounts of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere; the...

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