Yes, Science is a Belief System – and That’s OK

John Cleese claims that science is a method of investigation, and NOT a belief system. The first part is only half true, and the second entirely false. But the fact that this terrible argument has been so popular shows the creeping scourge of scientism Do read on ...

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Your Vote: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe

One of the most important features of modern democracy, and at the same time, one most taken for granted, is the secret ballot. Yet, it is a relatively modern invention. People using social media to proudly display their completed same-sex marriage form might seem like typical social media nonsense, but in reality, it heralds a far more sinister trend ...Do read on ...

The Moral Cognitive Dissonance of Right-To-Die

This is another article that seeks less to argue a normative position on the issue at hand - euthanasia - than to point out a lack of clarity that clouds the central debate. Suicide and euthanasia are objectively the same thing. The moral equivalence is another matter. Yet many people, right-to-die advocates especially, refuse to concede even their objective equivalence. Such a lack of clarity makes informed judgement on this critically important issue impossible. Do read on ...

Exit the Humanists, Stage Left

The intent of this post is not to to adopt a position for or against any of the issues mentioned in it – be it same-sex marriage, euthanasia or abortion – but to point out that humanism, even secular humanism, does not, ipso facto, dictate a particular position on any of them. Yet many secular humanists seem to assume, indeed openly argue, the opposite. This does a disservice both to the public sphere, and to humanism itself, leading as it does, some secular humanists to adopt deeply anti-humanist attitudes. Do read on ...