Monday, August 15, 2022

NEO-SKEPSIS Magazine # 12 & # 13, Lima, January-August, 2022

NEO-SKEPSIS (New Skepticism), a rationalist and critical Magazine in Spanish of the claims of the paranormal.

Lima, January-April, 2022

Hands painting inspired by Hands drawing by M C Escher

Lima, May-August, 2022

EUPRAXOPHIA Magazine # 13 & # 14, Lima, January-August, 2022

 EUPRAXOPHIA (Wisdom for the good life) is a Secular Humanist Magazine in Spanish

Lima, January-April, 2022

"Christ and the Rich Young Ruler" by Heinrich Hofmann, 1889

Lima, Mayo-August, 2022

EUPRAXOPHY (Wisdom for the good life) is a magazine of Rationalist Humanists of Peru (HURA-PERU), and published by Ediciones de Filosofía Aplicada (EFA)


To Light the Flame of Reason. Clear Thinking for the Twenty-First Century by Christer Sturmark. With contributions and a foreword by Douglas Hofstadter. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2022, pp. 354.

By Manuel Paz y Miño, Editor of Eupraxophia and Neo-Skepsis.

Swedish author Christer Sturmark (1964) has a master's degree in computer science, and he is an information technology entrepreneur, publisher and secular humanist activist.

Christer Sturmark
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His book has been originally written and published in Swedish with the title Upplysning i det 21: a århundradet [Enlightenment in the 21st century] and translated into English by Douglas Hofstadter--a winner of a Pulitzer award--. It has a foreword by him, another one and a prelude by author, 2 parts with a total of 14 chapters and each one of them ends with an interlude or short article, all of them focus with or a philosophical view or a scientific one. The original version has 18 chapters, some of them with a focus in issues on Sweden, and it was launched in 2015 by Sturmark’s publishing house Fri Tanke (Free Thought) where were translated into Swedish and published also works by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Rebecca Goldstein, Mikhail Gorbachev, Andrew Hodges, Steven Pinker, etc. (p. xii).

Author’s foreword remembers some conspiracy theories, the prohibition of words and pictures making fun of religion around the world threatening their authors with death, as was ordered by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie in 1989 because of the mockery of Muhammad in his book The Satanic Verses (an unsuccessful attempt against him has been made on August 12, 2022 at the New York state), and other cases against freedom of speech and human rights in several European and Asian countries (pp. xv-xvi).

Sturmark’s antidote to all this is a revival of “enlightenment values,” the art of clear thinking and bring about a renaissance of secular ethics. He says

I also harbor a hope that such ideals could come to be included in the school systems throughout the world. Today, many schools could be said to be in a state of crisis. It’s not so much due to problems of discipline and behavior but, rather, to a loss of perspective about the nature of knowledge and understanding. Students in schools and universities throughout the world need to be exposed to a more philosophical approach; they need to have more exercises in careful and clear thinking, greater awareness of life’s complexities, and deeper probing into the nature of human existence. Only when we truly recognize ourselves as reflecting, conscious humans can we fully participate in life and improve it, not only for ourselves but also for others (p. xvii).

But in fact, societies and their school systems throughout the world are not the same, they have different approaches and developments: ones more attached to religious or scientific views than others. Some countries are still in their Middle Ages and even with their own Inquisitions so they need to reach to their own Enlightenment sooner or later.

Although Sturmark is known as a polemicist and critic of religious beliefs in his country, he has not only non-believers as friends but also believers (p. xix) as a tolerant secular humanist and human being that he is.

Author’s prelude recollects too several cases worldwide of irrational, religious and superstitious mistreatments, abuses and crimes--included denying abortion to women at health risk, refusing cancer and medical treatment and blood-transfusion to children, attacking, criminalizing or killing individuals from religious minorities, homosexuals, blasphemers, non-believers, and supposed witches (pp. xxii-xxv).

Part I of the book, “The Art of Thinking Clearly,” deals with diverse topics among them the following: Tools and Compass Needed in the Quest for Knowledge (Chapter 1); Reality, Knowledge, and Truth (Ch. 2); Grounds of One’s Convictions (Ch. 3); Theories, Experiments, Conclusions, and Science’s Essence (Ch. 4); Wonderful but Easily Fooled Brains (Ch. 5); Naturalism, Agnosticism or Atheism (Ch. 6); Godness, Evil, and Morality (Ch. 7); Beliefs in Strange Ideas (Ch. 8).

Part II of the book, “The Pathway to a New Enlightenment,” has subjects on Fanaticism, Extremism, and Christian-Style Talibanism (Ch. 9); Evolution, Creationism, and Anti-science (Ch. 10); Secular Enlightenment (Ch. 11); Awe, Politics, and Religion (Ch. 12); Freedoms, Rights, and Respect (Ch. 13); Faith, Science, and How Schools Talk about Life (Ch. 14).

In the afterword, author shows himself as hopeful and a believer in reason and science, in spite of war, populism, nationalism, and racism, and at the same time he has good reasons to be optimistic about the progress of humankind: “the risk of dying from violence today is lower than ever before in history. We live longer, we are healthier, more children are allowed to go to school, and fewer people are starving” (p. 324).

The scientific, philosophical, humanist and skeptical approaches in the chapters of Sturmark’s book--that will be published also in Chinese, Russian, and Korean, and we hope in Spanish too--, recalls us Paul Kurtz' The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal (Prometheus, 1986, pp. 500) translated already into Russian and Spanish (Lima: EFA, 2008), and also Michael Shermer's Giving the Devil his Due: Reflections of a Scientific Humanist (Cambridge University Press, 2020, pp. 366).

Monday, May 9, 2022


 Inventing God

Psychology of Belief and the Rise of Secular Spirituality



EFA/HURA-PERU (Lima, 2022)

Translated from the Routledge English edition (Abingdon-Oxon/New York-NY, 2017) 
by Manuel A. Paz y Miño

Table of Contents

1. God as a Metaphysical Question 2. Religion as Naturalized Psychology 3. The Need to Invent God 4. Spirituality without God 5. In Search of the Numinous


'This is a probing, thoughtful, and sensitive discussion of belief in God. Jon Mills integrates philosophy, psychology, and psychoanalysis to provide a comprehensive and penetrating account of the nature of belief. His two main theses strike me as clearly correct: (a) there is no God and (b) the idea of God is a deep seated and natural part of the human psyche.’ - Colin McGinn, philosopher, author of Prehension and numerous books.

'Every one of the 100 billion people who came before us has died, without a shred of evidence that they live on in some other life. Facing the reality of our death has spawned world religions and spiritual movements, but in this, the Age of Science, we need a new worldview that gives individuals meaning and unites us as a species. Jon Mills' Inventing God does just this, beautifully and powerfully outlining a humanist perspective that can be embraced by all. This book, however, should not be read just by atheists and humanists, but by anyone desirous of deeper meaning, which is all of us.'—Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine; monthly columnist for Scientific American; author of The Moral Arc.

'Atheism has been waiting for its philosophical psychologist. Dr. Jon Mills fulfills that role expertly, with his clinical discernment and humanist temperament. God can be a persuasive idea due to human frailties and fantasies, but Dr. Mills explains how anyone can control and dismiss that idea’s power over their minds. His readers are in the finest caring hands as they learn how authentic and fulfilling a secular life philosophy can be.' - Dr. John R. Shook, author of The God Debates

'With this book, Jon Mills brings a considerable clarification to the "atheism" debate by insisting, like the classic sociologist Emile Durkheim before him, on the difference between God questions and religion questions. Leaving aside the sociological and political questions of religion and investigating, instead, the God questions, Mills enriches the debate with a hitherto rarely considered viewpoint: by not so much focussing upon what people, when speaking of God, reveal about God, but rather upon what they reveal about themselves--their aspirations, wishes, needs, fears, etc. Written in a clear and elegant style that never shows any contempt for its object, but as well never falls into compromises with it, this book opens up a great chance for civilizing the (sometimes aggressive) discussions between believers and non-believers, not by making them share the same opinions, but by allowing them to get more insight into each other's - thoroughly human - motives.’ - Prof. Robert Pfaller, author of On the Pleasure Principle in Culture.

'Most writers on religion focus on either philosophy--Does God exist?--or social science--Why do persons believe in God? For example, the New Atheists, who are discussed here, limit themselves to the first question and ignore the second. Conversely, social scientists, including psychologists, typically focus on the second question and ignore the first. To his credit, Jon Mills covers both questions and connects them. He does not reduce religion to wish-fulfilment a la The Future of an Illusion. He roots religion in a far deeper kind of wish. He does not argue that religion is therefore delusory but rather that the truth claims of religion, for which he prefers the term spirituality, must start with this wish. An amazingly wide-ranging and provocative work.' Prof. Robert A. Segal, Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen.

About the Author

Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP is a philosopher, psychoanalyst, and clinical psychologist. He is Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto and is the author of many works in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and psychology including seventeen books. In 2006, 2011, and 2013 he was recognized with a Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in New York City for his scholarship, received a Significant Contribution to Canadian Psychology Award in 2008, a Goethe Award for best book in 2013, and the Otto Weininger Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in 2015 by the Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. He runs a mental health corporation in Ontario, Canada.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Publications, October-2021

 EUPRAXOPHIA (Wisdom for the good life) is a Secular Humanist Magazine in Spanish


The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo (1511)

Lima, July-September, 2021

Manuel A. Paz y Miño, Lic. in Philosophy, UNMSM, and Mag. in Humanities, mention in Applied Ethics, Linköping University

Antonio Chávez Sánchez Silva, self-taught writer

José R. Alonso, Lic. and Dr. in Biology, and Professor, University of Salamanca

An empirical study on a deep question
Michael Shermer, Editor of Skeptic Magazine and Director of the Skeptics Society

Jon Mills, PsyD, PhD, ABPP, Philosopher, Psychoanalyst, Retired Clinical Psychologist, and Honorary Professor, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex


EUPRAXOPHY (Wisdom for the good life) is a magazine of Rationalist Humanists of Peru (HURA-PERU), and
published with Ediciones de Filosofía Aplicada (EFA)

NEO-SKEPSIS (New Skepticism), a rationalist and critical Magazine in Spanish of the claims of the paranormal

Relativity by Escher, 1953

Lima, July-September, 2021

Manuel A. Paz y Miño, Editor of Neo-Skepsis

Manuel A. Paz y Miño, 
Editor of Neo-Skepsis

Luis Alfonso Gámez, Journalist, newspaper El Correo de Bilbao

Henri Broch, Professor Emeritus, Université Côte d'Azur

Luis Alfonso Gámez, Journalist, newspaper El Correo de Bilbao

Inge Hüsgen, Magister in German and English Studies, Heinrich-Heine-Dusseldorf University, and Managing Editor of Skeptiker magazine

Eduardo Unda Sanzana, Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Southampton and Director of the Astronomy Center,  University of Antofagasta

NEO-SKEPSIS (New skepticism) is the official organ of the Committee for the Investigation of the Paranormal, Pseudoscientific and Irrational in Peru (CIPSI-PERU), published by Ediciones de Filosofía Aplicada (EFA) with the support of Humanists Rationalists of Peru (HURA-PERU)

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Publications, July-2021

EUPRAXOPHIA, a Secular Humanist Magazine in Spanish

# 11: Religion & Politics

Lima, January-June, 2021

NEO-SKEPSIS (New Skepticism), a rationalist and critical Magazine in Spanish of the claims of the paranormal

# 10: Do exist ghosts?

Lima, January-June, 2021

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

June-July Presentations

-"The historicity of paradigms and philosophy", Saturday May 29, 4-6 PM.


HÉCTOR FLORES IBERICO, Licentiate and Master in Philosophy, mention in Epistemology, by Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.

Link to participate:

-"The dehumanization of space in Peru", Saturday June 12, 4-6 PM


FERNANDO HERNÁN UTIA CHIRINOS, Master in Architecture, mention in Architecture, Art and Philosophy from  National School of Architecture, Paris-La Villete, France, and Bach. in Architecture, Urbanism and Arts from  National University of Engineering, Lima.

Link to participate:

-"Critical interculturality or monocultural multiculturalism?", Saturday June 19, 4-6 PM.

HUMBERTO BRICEÑO, Psychologist by San Martín de Porras University.

Link to participate:

-"Situation of woman worker in Peru: criticisms and approaches", Saturday June 26, 4-6 PM.

DORIS TORRES,  union member, feminist activist, Director of the Rikchary Warmi Peru Magazine and with studies in Sociology at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.

Link to participate:

-"Behavioral theory and cognitive theory in Peruvian education", Saturday July 3, 4-6 PM.

JULIO F. CHÁVEZ RIVERA, Licentiate in Education from the National University of Education, Professor of History, Pedagogy and Philosophy, and Founding President of the Peruvian Academy of Philosophy and Science (APERFILC). Union trainer on pedagogy issues.

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