US secular humanist Paul Kurtz dies at 86

Paul Kurtz wrote books critiquing religions. Photo: AP

Paul Kurtz, a leading US philosopher who devoted his life to fighting prejudice against people who reject belief in a god and promoting a non-religious stance in life, has died at the age of 86.

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 4:31am

Naoto Inti Raymi, singer-songwriter

What I'm listening to: mainly some CDs I bought while travelling in Morocco and New Caledonia. The rhythms and arrangements from these countries are very different to those we have in Asia. Since I've been listening to them, I've been trying to fuse them into my music.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Oldest Confucian classic is fake in parts

A book that is supposedly the oldest Confucian classic, Shang Shu (Book of Historical Documents), has been declared a fake in parts by a Tsinghua University professor.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The man and the myths

A thinker and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period (he is thought to have lived from 551BC to 479BC), Confucius is associated with values such family loyalty, children's respect for their elders, social justice and the moral uprightness of the individual and of government.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Romantic, patriot, or just a prize fool?

When the Confucius Peace Prize was announced shortly after the dissident Liu Xiaobo won last year's Nobel Peace Prize, many queried the background of the mysterious award.

It even became the subject of ridicule when a young girl received the award on behalf of the honorary chairman of Taiwan's Kuomintang, Lien Chan, who said he knew nothing about the award.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Putin named winner of Confucius Peace Prize

The controversial Confucius Peace Prize - banned by the mainland authorities in September - has made a comeback through a Hong Kong-registered company.

The organiser said this year's award went to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and an award ceremony will be held on December 9 in Beijing, according to poet Qiao Damo, one of the founders of the prize.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dim view of religion in less enlightened nations

History was supposed to have ended. Alas, rather than celebrating the triumph of democratic capitalism, the world appears to be dividing between generally liberal Western-oriented states and a gaggle of authoritarian systems united only in their disdain for individual freedom and dignity.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Enso, DJ and founder of XXX Gallery

What I'm listening to: Africa Hitech's 93 Million Miles. I continue to be super impressed by this production duo. 93 Million Miles is a follow-up to last year's Hitecherous EP and shows so much variety. Both sound like a soundtrack to a progressive multimedia science curriculum taught to kids in some alternative future.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

False spring

Spring has come early this year to the Arab world. Climate change has awakened the once comatose Middle East from the stupor of singular leaderships. A new dawn of democracy and freedom is sprouting from Morocco to Oman. Or so we are told.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Book fair may lack pseudo-models, but it can still set the pulses racing

For avid readers unsettled by our book fairs being swamped by scantily-dressed 'pseudo-models', the Antiquarian Book Fair in December will be lang mo-free.

Since most of the books at the fair will be more than 100 years old, there'll be no chance of coming across photo books of teenage models. But there'll still be some controversial items for savvy collectors.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

In the long term we are all dead sooner without united climate stand

Cop 15 (the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen) was a magnificent opportunity for countries across the globe to come up with measures to combat global warming.

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

Fundamental fears of a secular world

How come the United States, which leads the world in science and technology, is also home to so many Christian fundamentalists who reject the ideals of European Enlightenment and the knowledge of science, at least when it conflicts with the literal truths of the Bible?

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

366 days to go

Confucius said 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'

That journey started on November 12, 2005, and now there are only 366 steps (2008 is a Leap Year) to go until the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year - a truly auspicious moment for China

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland professors rock City Hall

Two mainland cultural celebrities took their Hong Kong audience by storm yesterday with their interpretations of Chinese literary and historical classics.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Confucius goes mod

After teaching undergraduate students for a few semesters, I have realised that the greatest paradox for educators today is the trade-off between being an adaptive and a principled teacher.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am