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Skepticism and humanism : the new paradigm

Author: Paul Kurtz
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The skeptical world view has been given little currency even in advanced societies, because of a cultural prohibition against the criticism of religion. At the same time, science has become increasingly narrow and specialized so that few people can draw on its broader intellectual and cultural implications. Skepticism and Humanism attempts to meet this need. It defends skepticism as a method for developing reliable
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kurtz
ISBN: 0765800519 9780765800510
OCLC Number: 44720684
Description: 306 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: A New Paradigm for the Third Millennium --
Skeptics of the World Unite! --
Antiscience Paradigms --
Skeptical Inquiry --
Skepticism and the Paranormal --
The Escape to Oblivion --
Fears of the Apocalypse --
Scientific Tests of Astrology --
The "Mars Effect" --
In Defense of Scientific Medicine --
Can the Sciences Be Unified? --
Should Skeptical Inquiry Be Applied to Religion? --
Why Do People Believe or Disbelieve? --
Beyond Religion --
First Things First --
Is Secular Humanism a Religion? --
Important Lessons on the Collapse of Marxism --
Rising Above the Ancient Loyalties: Who Is a Jew? --
Morality without God --
Humanism and the Idea of Freedom --
Neo-Humanist Politics --
The Need for a New Secular Coalition --
The McCarthyites of Virtue --
Where Are the Secularists? --
Darwin Re-Crucified --
Confronting "the Corporate Mystique" --
The Global Mediocracy --
The Population Time Bomb --
Reflections on the New Left Students' Movement --
New Direction for Liberalism --
Humanism Writ Large --
The Evolution of Contemporary Humanism --
The Humanist Prospect --
The Infomedia Revolution --
Science and Reason in an Irrational World --
Do the Arts Convey Knowledge? --
Selected List of Publications / Paul Kurtz.
Responsibility: Paul Kurtz.

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