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p. 48 Television What’s wrong with the craze for true-life crime? By Caroline Crampton p. 52 Memory Why we should be commemorating Peterloo By Rhian E Jones p. 56 Music What Elvis tells us about stardom and rock gods By Yo Zushi p. 60 Film Artificial intelligence in the year of Blade Runner By Henrik Schoeneberg

Books p. 64 Reviews Sally Feldman on Rational Dress; Lucy Popescu on Kim Sherwood; Andrew Mueller on Ed Vulliamy’s music memoir; Niki SethSmith on queer women in Nigeria; Owen Hatherley on the future of the left; Ralph Jones on evolution poetry p. 51 Nora Iuga p. 55 Omar Sabbagh p. 59 Martin Glaz Serup p. 63 Vladimir Korkunov ontributors Samira Ahmed is a BBC presenter and visiting professor of journalism at Kingston University Ceri Brenner is a physicist who works for the Science and Technology Facilities Council Marcus Chown is the author, most recently, of Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: 50 Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe (Michael O’Mara) Caroline Crampton is a writer and podcaster Sally Feldman is an honorary associate of the Rationalist Association and a former editor of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

Rhian E Jones is the author of books about politics and culture

Peter Forbes writes mainly on biology, medicine and things nano. His book Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and Camouflage (Yale) won the 2011 Warwick Prize Louise Gentle lectures in behavioural ecology at Nottingham Trent University Owen Hatherley is a critic, author and culture editor of Tr ibune

Ralph Jones is a comedy writer and journalist Mark Lorch is professor of science communication at the University of Hull Chris Maslanka is the author of puzzle books

Phil Miller is an investigative journalist and documentary maker Andrew Mueller is a presenter on Monocle 24 radio

JP O’Malley is a book critic and interviewer Lucy Popescu is a literary critic with a background in human rights Michael Rosen is a poet and novelist Martin Rowson is a cartoonist and author hira Rubin is a reporter based in Tel Aviv

Peter Salmon is working on a book about Jacques Derrida

Henrik Schoeneberg is a philosopher based in Copenhagen, Denmark

Richard Scorer is a lawyer and vice-president of the National Secular Society Niki Seth-Smith is writing a near-future novel Laurie Taylor is president of the Rationalist Association and the presenter of Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed Giovanni Tiso is an Italian-born essayist based in New Zealand

David Wearing is a fellow in international relations at Royal Holloway, University of London and the author of AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain (Polity) Yo Zushi is a singersongwriter

New Humanist, ISSN 0306-512X, is published four times a year by the Rationalist Association © 2019 New Humanist Printed by Blackmore Ltd, Dorset

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New Humanist | Spring 2019


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