A MODERN DAY CREATION STORY John Rawles
This presents a materialistic view of the universe and its origins. ‘Matter’ is described as something active and dynamic; and, when in system-form, capable of producing emergent properties, such as (in animal brains) consciousness. ‘Life’ is defined as a state of matter: when matter is in a temporary, dynamic disequilibrium with its environment. Within this materialistic framework, the doctrine of neo-Darwinism is fully accepted. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
THE SCIENCE DELUSION Rupert Sheldrake
The delusion is not that science is invalid, but that it cannot continue to operate on the basis of dogmatic and outmoded assumptions. The chief of these is materialism: here defined as the view that everything that exists is material and physical.Abstract by Tom Rubens.
BOOK NOTICES Norman Bacrac
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE HUMANIST LIBRARY Cathy Broad
CHRISTOPHER ERIC HITCHENS (1949 – 2011) Jennifer R. Jeynes
A variously-detailed portrait of Hitchens, with a focus on his atheism and his attitude to having cancer. A number of his pungent quotations are given.
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MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2012 Chris Bratcher
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