Vol. 118 No. 1

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PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE: ARE SCREENING TESTS ABOUT SCIENCE OR POLITICS? Margaret McCartney
People need to be made aware that screening tests involve health risks as well as benefits, and this awareness can only be increased by more honesty on the part of the medical profession. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

COMPASSION IN DYING AND THE ADVANCE DECISION Jo Cartwright
This gives detailed information about the services provided by the organisation ‘Compassion in Dying,’ a UK charity working to empower people with regard to their legal rights and choices for end-of-life care

Book Review: CAN ANIMALS BE MORAL? by Mark Rowlands, review by Chris Bratcher

VIEWPOINTS: C. Bratcher, J.R. Jeynes, J. Dowdle, S. Mayer

SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT AND THE EUROPEAN DEMOCRATIC TRADITION Valerie Mary Henderson
A wide-ranging examination of the relation between, on the one hand, the development of science in Europe and, on the other, the growth of political democracy and the advent of social and economic change. The focus of interest is on ancient Greece and the centuries since the Renaissance.

CONFUCIANISM, TAOISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Qiuyin Hu
The principles of Confucianism, and even more of Taoism, are conducive to protection of the environment, since they advocate balance between man and the rest of nature, and therefore imply only moderate exploitation of the environment. Mankind’s economic needs should be limited, to induce tranquillity of mind.

HALF A CENTURY LATER Nigel Sinnott
A general autobiographical account of the author’s involvement with the humanist movement, both in Britain and Australia. Especially interesting is the information provided about humanist organisations in Australia. The author argues strongly that humanists should work together, to create the more enlightened society that we all wish to see.

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