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New Humanist is a quarterly magazine published by the Rationalist Association, a historic 125-year-old UK charity promoting science, reason, humanism, and free thought. Visit to learn more about our work and find links to the latest and very best news, essays, blogs and information from the world’s finest free thinking authors. Writers and contributors include Richard Dawkins, Laurie Taylor, Mary Midgley, Michael Bywater, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Pullman, Ricky Gervais, Noam Chomsky and many more.

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  • Lockdown in anger
    le 01/06/2020 à 11:12

    This article is a preview from the Summer 2020 edition of New Humanist In case we run into each other at around the time these words appear in print, I should warn you that I may be unrecognisable. My face may be familiar but my arms and chest and shoulders will have been transformed by morning […]

  • Modified humans
    le 28/05/2020 à 1:22

    This article is a preview from the Summer 2020 edition of New Humanist In 2018, the Chinese biophysicist He Jiankui stunned the world when he announced that he had produced genetically modified human babies – a world first. Speaking at an international summit in Hong Kong, He revealed to […]

  • "We need to make sure that lives are valued fairly"
    le 28/05/2020 à 11:10

    Howard Steven Friedman is a leading statistician and health economist. His latest book, Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life, is a timely and shocking account of the judgements made in reducing human life to a data point. Your book demonstrates that price tags are placed on human lives every […]

  • AI antibiotics
    le 28/05/2020 à 10:26

    This article appears in the Witness section of the Summer 2020 edition of New Humanist. Subscribe today. Before the development of penicillin, there was a very real danger that an infected cut or sore throat could quickly become life-threatening. Now, with the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, […]

  • Wonderchicken
    le 27/05/2020 à 9:05

    This article appears in the Witness section of the Summer 2020 edition of New Humanist. Subscribe today. We know that birds are the last remaining descendants of dinosaurs, the lucky survivors of the asteroid strike that wiped out three quarters of life on Earth 66 million years ago. But the early […]

  • The class of 2020
    le 26/05/2020 à 3:22

    This article is a preview from the Summer 2020 edition of New Humanist May to June is usually the climbing season. But not this year. The mountain ranges we approach throughout our childhoods, and which we are trained to tackle at 16 and again at 18, have suddenly vanished. Teenagers have long been […]

  • Atheist Mubarak Bala may face a death sentence
    le 26/05/2020 à 9:54

    This article appears in the Witness section of the summer 2020 issue of the New Humanist. Subscribe today. On 28 April, Nigerian police arrested Mubarak Bala, president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, on charges of “blasphemy”. He had allegedly posted criticism of Islam on his […]

  • What makes us who we are? The summer 2020 New Humanist
    le 21/05/2020 à 9:10

    The summer 2020 issue of New Humanist is on sale now! Subscribe here for as little as £10 a year. OR Try the summer and autumn issues for only £1 in our LOCKDOWN DEAL What makes us who we are? Modified Humans Gene-editing technology is rapidly advancing, writes Cal Flyn, but what about […]

  • Call witchcraft belief in Africa by its name: superstition
    le 19/05/2020 à 3:22

    Witch allegation and persecution in Africa has not been given the attention it deserves. It wreaks havoc on people’s lives across the continent, as alleged witches are perceived as enemies to the society who should be exposed, disgraced or eliminated – treated without mercy or […]

  • Scotland to decriminalise blasphemy
    le 19/05/2020 à 12:19

    This article appears in the Witness section of the summer 2020 issue of the New Humanist. Subscribe today. Blasphemy will finally be decriminalised in Scotland, it was announced on 24 April. The Scottish Parliament said the law would be modernised as it “no longer reflects the kind of society […]

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