Threads of Humanist History

History sometimes creeps quietly into the present, as little-known events in the past can have a huge influence today. Despite our small numbers, humanists have always made a significant mark on society. Here is a... Read More

It’s Our Turn

This magazine has recently discussed two of the most important books of this century so far: Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, 
Humanism, and Progress and Kurt 
Andersen’s Fantasyland: How America Went... Read More

What Will Be Human in the Future?

What does it mean to be human? As it relates to artificial intelligence (AI), this important question has been explored in science fiction films and television beginning with 2001: A Space Odyssey and more recently... Read More

What’s in the Name? All of Us Celebrating a century of humanism

THE OLDEST RECORDED DESCRIPTION of the philosophy of life we call “humanism” was first articulated by the Greek philosopher Epicurus, who lived from 341 until 270 BCE. His philosophy, which subsequent philosophers have labeled “hedonism,”... Read More

Sex: Our Wonderful Gift

I GREW UP in a time before there was any sex education and when people only spoke of sex in hushed terms around children. They spoke of cancer the same way. At puberty, when certain... Read More

Let’s Celebrate! (AKA How We Can Be of Service to the Secular Community)

I NEVER WANTED TO BE A HUMANIST CELEBRANT until John Forwalter died. John was president of our local humanist chapter, and when he died in 1996, his fundamentalist preacher son conducted a full-blown evangelical funeral... Read More

Remaking Ourselves

HUMANISM HAS FAILED. This election has shown how our values were repudiated by many Americans in national, state, and local elections. There is still much to be learned, but for us it’s clear that a... Read More