Older Archives: 1991-2010

“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.”
Kurt Vonnegut

2010

  Web Site of the Month Member Recommended Web Sites AlterNet AlterNet's aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more. Thanks to Bob ...

2009

  Web Site of the Month Member Recommended Web Sites Whitehouse.gov President Obama has thrown open the curtains of the Executive Branch. This website details his administration's goals and the progress that is being made. A few years ago ...

2008

  Richard Layton's Discussion Group Report Your Inner Fish November 2008 By Craig Wilkinson, M.D. Dr. Neil Shubin is a paleontologist and teaches comparative anatomy at the University of Chicago. He recently discovered a fossil that ...

2007

  Who's A Nontheist? April 2007 The following article was submitted by a reader who is a member of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego. Your thoughts and ideas are welcome! Please email them to webmaster@humanistsofutah.org or mail them ...

2006

    Book Review The World is Flat April 2006 When I give talks concerning the history of humanism, I cite the significance of the creation of the internet with Gutenberg's invention of the printing press; both were gigantic leaps i...

2005

  Impact of Women November 2005   25 years at radio station KRCL featuring women of history, plus music by women, Babs De Lay captivated the October audience with her wry humor and insight of how women have impacted humankind. Introduction ...

2004

  What YOU Can Do October 2004 The election is rapidly approaching. Many of us feel helpless because rational thinkers are a definite minority in this state. Former Utah Humanist editor Richard Garrard eloquently addressed these thoughts ...

2003

  Letter to the Editor Women's Rights February 2003   Women's rights are absolutely protected under the Constitution and should be largely defended from that point of view. Too many women having access to the media are wasting valuable a...

2002

  Why Can't I Own a Canadian? October 2002 Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination ...

2001

    Terror and War: The USA in 2001 October 2001   On Sept. 10, we were a nation indifferent to or irritated by religion. On Sept. 11, that all changed. There are no atheists in foxholes, or homelands under attack. --Marianne Jennings,Deseret Ne...

2000

  Book Review The Meaning of It All Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist March 2000 Richard P. Feynman, and two others, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with profound consequences ...

1999

    Y0K: Humor from the Internet March 1999   The Y2K computer situation is in the news almost daily. A recent archeological find shows that the calendar has caused similar problems before: Dear Cassius, Are you still working on the Y ...

1998

    Discussion Group Report Why People Believe Weird Things November 1998 By Richard Layton In Mattoon, Illinois, in 1944 a woman reported that a stranger entered her bedroom and anesthetized her legs with a spray gas. The local newspaper r...

1997

  Campaign Reform Proposal: The Tanner Plan September 1997 Barbara and Norman Tanner have suggested a plan the Salt Lake City Council might adopt to reform campaign financing for City Council and mayoral candidates (Forum, July 7): Before ...

1996

  Solstice January 1996 Imagine our ancestors sometime between 30,000 and 200,000 years ago gazing at the sky considering the solstice. Then, as now, there must have been two basic approaches to nature: fear and wonder. Unfortunately fear ...

1995

    Cultural Diversity for High School Students December 1995 I was invited by Professor Ed Firmage to participate in his West High School series on Cultural Diversity October 23, 1995. The University of Utah Professor of Law initiated t...

1994

    A Deeply Religious Man September 1994 The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer f...

1993

    A History Of The Laws Of Nature July 1993 Modern science, for reasons that are only dimly understood, appears to have had its origins in Europe and the Middle East although it is now totally international in character. It is surely E...

1992

Theology? What Theology? March 1992 I refuse to have a theology. A theology involves assumptions about beings in a different dimension, things which cannot be perceived with the senses and I refuse to make such assumptions. I have a life-stance....

1991

Beginnings: Humanists of Utah Organized February 1991 The organizational meeting of Humanists of Utah was held in November 1990. Eight people attended the meeting. One of those was 94-year-old Edwin H. Wilson, an original founder of the...