This entirely new Humanist Manifesto is designed to address the problems of the twenty-first century and the millennium beyond. Providing a strong defense of scientific naturalism and technology, it is offered as a contribution to the dialogue among the different cultural, political, and economic viewpoints in the world.
Humanist Manifesto 2000 is formulated in the conviction that science, reason, democracy, education, and humanist values can enhance human progress. Drawing on the achievements of modernity - the success of scientific medicine, the overall improvement of public health, the Green Revolution, the conveniences of a consumer society, global communication and transportation, increased understanding of the natural world, and many others - the planetary humanism that this manifesto presents seeks to transcend the negativity of postmodernism and looks forward to the information age now upon us.
Humanist Manifesto 2000 promotes a humanistic ethics based on reason and a planetary bill of rights and responsibilities. It proposes a new global agenda, stresses the need for international institutions (including a new world parliament and regulation of global conglomerates), and concludes on a note of optimism about the human prospect. Endorsed by a distinguished list of humanist intellectuals--including Arthur C. Clarke, Alan Cranston, Richard Dawkins, Richard Leakey, Jill Tarter, E. O. Wilson, and eleven Nobel Laureates--Humanist Manifesto 2000 recommends long-range attainable goals and generates confidence in the ability of the human species to solve its problems by rational means and a positive outlook. This manifesto was drafted by Paul Kurtz in consultation with a twelve-person internal committee.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was good to read if you looking for how humanism translates into a set of guiding principles for the human community to live by. I liked it and it helped give me focus on what humanism means in terms of the big picture. My only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more background on how they arrived at some of the principles - in other words, the "why". I would like the link better explained between the thinking behind humanist values and how it leads to a given principle. However, it is worth reading and I am going to continue my reading in this area.
I gave this 3 stars because it's just a fairly straight forward proposal for treating each other well. It's not "WOW" and it's not bad... it's a manifesto, no surprises, no revelations, nothing to really argue with. It's short and most people should easily be able to read it in a week or so.
If you are a Secular Humanist you will find this book inspiring. If you take any kind of a metaphysical approach to worldview you will see it as unrealistic. My view is that history has proven the principles in this book to be outside the realm of human possibility because Kurtz does not understand the human nature. We must learn from history and history tells us that without absolutes there is chaos; that true morality comes from the Judeo-Christian ethic; that without moral absolutes man does that which is right in his own eyes and we have anarchy, chaos, oppression, debauchery, and narcissism. We need government based on a moral standard that comes from, in my opinion, our creator God. This is when man has a chance to prosper in an orderly society.
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