One of the world’s largest slums in Nigeria has more than 70 million people living in absolute poverty. An opportunity exists to offer them Internet access affordably.
- Women as Micro-ISPs for a Shanty Town of 70 Million?
- UN passes historic arms trade treaty to U.S. media silence
- Humanism – a history of the noble but forgotten Credo of our species
- E. O. Wilson’s radical (and Great) revision of Evolution
- Our Happy Community of Torturers
- Canada fights to keep selling polar bear parts
- “Animals With Borders” to ban wildlife exports?
- Five Things the US Press Won’t Discuss
- Inclusive Humanism that deserves the name, before it was hijacked
- The Accomplishments of the United Nations
( By Robert Grudin) “Humanitas meant the development of human virtue, in all its forms, to its fullest extent. The term thus implied not only such qualities as are associated with the modern word humanity—understanding, benevolence, compassion, mercy—but also such more aggressive characteristics as fortitude, judgment, prudence, eloquence, and even love of honour.
”Individual selection is responsible for much of what we call sin, while group selection is responsible for the greater part of virtue.” Wilson is easily the greatest thinker of our age, an invaluable successor to Darwin.
“Biologist Edward O. Wilson, considered to be one of the world’s greatest living scientists, argues for the fundamental unity of all knowledge and the need to search for consilience–the proof that everything in our world is organized in terms of a small number of fundamental natural laws that comprise the principles underlying every branch of learning.
A large standing military, a large contractor base, and its widespread congressional patronage network cannot survive without war or the threat of war to lubricate the continuing money flow it requires.
”I regard the use of the term “humanism” to mean secular humanism or atheism to be one of the greatest tragedies of twentieth century movementology, perpetrated by second-class minds and perpetuated by third-class polemicists and village atheists.” (R. Joseph Hoffmann)
A single social program is transforming how countries all over the world help their poor.
The Sunflower is a prime example of humanist advocacy that we can support unequivocally, and point to as our own policy.
Torture is the ultimate crime. Pain is even dirtier than sex. Much dirtier.
If you asked Canadians if they supported this- no. But politicians court the Inuit vote, to allow them to “harvest” bears for export.
It is evident that individual Humanism still faces a struggle outside the western world, and requires our continuing support. Nonetheless, militarism and greed threaten to impoverish or compromise every sector of our society, and those are problems on our home front.
Humanism must embrace the legacies and history of Asia, to become critics and defenders of our species. Here three Asian intellectuals are recalled with their anti-colonial burdens.
Immortality has always been of interest to humanists, as the logical endpoint of taking up our station in the Universe, under our own terms. But the author abandons ship just when it starts to get (very) interesting, as academics do – feigning wisdom.
No major broadcast network has made even passing mention of a treaty that curtails trafficking to war-torn nations.
“The UN was not created to take humanity to heaven but to save it from hell.”- Former United Nations Sec’y-General Dag Hammarskjold.
The struggle for the governance of our species is becoming more explicit.
The Security Council’s hijacking of our species’ governance, to protect their own interests and war criminals.
A strengthened United Nations where all voices, including those of citizens directly, is imperative and overdue.
This year’s session has produced a major surprise. AWB proposes that all trade in wildlife across national borders should be prohibited, endangered or not.
“It’s been a wonderful experience.” observes Martin McGlade, who convinced his local Humanist chapter that they had much to learn from traditional religion.
Two major environmental advocacy groups reverse their policies on nuclear power, to deal with the tar sands as a giant oil spill.
Within an outpatient counseling process, a Canada-wide program allows drug counselors to dispense addictive drugs, legal or not, at prices below street levels.
“Supplementing the dollar with a bullion currency would solve some of the problems related to the potential of countries running large deficits and would help stability,”