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Contents Spring 2021

REGULARS

p. 3 Editor’s Note p. 6 The Q&A Economist and author Yanis Varoufakis p. 10 Witness Compiled by our team p. 71 Crossword Set by Chaliapin p. 73 Quiz Set by Chris Maslanka

COLUMNS

Eliane Glaser on elitism, page 22

p. 8 Soapbox The benefits of collaboration across political divides By Samira Ahmed p. 16 Cosmos The strange tale of nature’s multiplying building blocks By Marcus Chown p. 70 In a word “Denier” By Michael Rosen p. 74 Endgame What does it take to become a saint? By Laurie Taylor

“Hitchens was intuitive to the shifts of history, but he failed to resist its snare” James Robins, page 34

FEATURES

p. 18 Reportage Oppression and neglect in Diyarbakır, Turkey By Sami Kent p. 22 Society Why do we think cultural excellence is elitist? By Eliane Glaser p. 26 Climate Australia’s deadly battle with nature By Peter Salmon p. 30 Science GM crops in the age of gene editing By Rebecca Nesbit p. 34 Ideas The complicated legacy of

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Christopher Hitchens By James Robins p. 38 Psychology Can interior voices ever be scientifically studied? By Jonathan Moses p. 42 Cover story The uses and misuses of historical comparison By Marci Shore

CULTURE

p. 48 Television On WandaVision and the Marvel universe By Caroline Crampton

J O H N C R A L L A N

New Humanist | Spring 2021

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