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We're an intelligent, irreverent quarterly produced by the Rationalist Association that covers the world—culture, politics, philosophy and science—from a sceptical perspective. Philip Pullman says it's "unusual, interesting, lively and intelligent", Iain Banks said it was his "favourite magazine".

In November 2013, the magazine relaunched under its new editor Daniel Trilling.

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New Humanist is the London-based magazine of the Rationalist Association, promoting reason, debate and free thought since 1885. It is one of the world's oldest continuously published magazines (starting life as Watts' Literary Review in 1885). During that time New Humanist has distinguished itself as a world leader in supporting and promoting humanism and rational inquiry and opposing religious dogma and irrationalism wherever it is found.

Contributors past and present include: HG Wells, Richard Dawkins, Suzanne Moore, Eric Hobsbawm, Natalie Haynes, Phillip Pullman, JBS Haldane, Polly Toynbee, Ralph Steadman, Christopher Hitchens, Eileen Barker, Kenan Malik, Amartya Sen, Robin Ince, Raymond Tallis, Peter Tatchell, Mary Midgeley, Warren Ellis, Jonathan Rée, Tzvetan Todorov, Shappi Khorsandi, Noam Chomsky and Linda Smith.

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