The Agnostic Annual, 1884
A quarterly magazine of culture and science, published since 1885. New Humanist is for anyone who wants to understand the ideas, conflicts and systems shaping our world - climate, capitalism, technology, fundamentalism, struggles for equality and more. We produce a beautiful magazine once every three months full of serious, intelligent essays and reportage.
New Humanist is the quarterly magazine of the Rationalist Association, a membership organisation that has been at the heart of the humanist, rationalist and atheist movements for more than a century.
Past members include Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell and HG Wells. Past and present contributors include Jim Al-Khalili, AJ Ayer, Tony Benn, Noam Chomsky, Daniel Dennett, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Mona Eltahawy, Eva Figes, Mark Fisher, Michael Foot, Paul Gilroy, Robert Graves, JBS Haldane, Owen Jones, AL Kennedy, Philip Larkin, Somerset Maugham, Iris Murdoch, Karl Popper, Philip Pullman, Bertrand Russell, Amartya Sen, George Bernard Shaw, AJP Taylor, HG Wells and Bernard Williams.
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New Humanist (1972 to date)
The Humanist (1956-1972)
The Literary Guide (1894-1972)
Watts’s Literary Guide (1885-1894)
Rationalist Annual (1927-1967)
RPA Annual & Ethical Review (1908-1926)
Agnostic Annual & Ethical Review (1901-1907)
Agnostic Annual (1884-1900)
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NATIONS: WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
- Peter Salmon on who belongs and who doesn't
- Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor on imagined communities
- Shira Rubin on religion and identity
- David Wearing on the international order
- Phil Miller on the myths of Empire
Also in this issue:
Marcus Chown's "Cosmos" column
Samira Ahmed on the uses and abuses of nostalgia
A new weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance
Who really benefits from wearable health apps?
The threat to abortion rights in Trump's America
Our obsession with true crime television
Peterloo, 200 years on
Elvis and the myth of the rock god
Artificial Intelligence in the year of Blade Runner
The pioneering feminists of the Rational Dress movement
Book reviews, cryptic crossword and more...