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Humanist NEW

Volume 122 No 2 March/April 2007

EDITOR Caspar Melville

COMMISSIONING EDITOR Laurie Taylor

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sally Feldman

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CONTENTS VOLUME 122 NO 2 MARCH/APRIL 2007

REGULARS

3 EDITORIAL I respect your ignorance

6 DIZZY BRUNETTE Robin Ince’s diary

7 PARISH NEWS

11 FACE VALUE Nicholas Phillipson on Adam Smith

39 POEM Booksby Nick Drake

40 YOURS SCEPTICALLY Readers’ letters

41 CONCRETE REASONING Chris Maslanka’s latest brain teaser

42 ENDGAME Laurie Taylor luvs skool

27NAUGHTY BUT NICE Could pornography be fun? asks Nina Power

BOOK REVIEWS

34MICHAEL BYWATER rediscovers a tragi-comic classic

WINSTON FLETCHER takes on Kasparov,and wins

MARTINA EVANS is haunted by the ghost of Poe

BRENDA MADDOX is swept off her feet by an astronomical biography

DANIEL MILLER is battered and brusied by Sven Lundqvist

MICHAEL BINYON is not blown away by the Windy City