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Truth & Beauty

Comment from Walter Stark PhD, There is a most interesting essay by Rebeca Goldstein on Godel and the ‘Nature of Mathematical Truth’ at The Edge website. It deals with the fundamental philosophical divide between those on the one side who accept that an objective reality does exist, that truth is defined by its consistency with […]

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Eating Whales (Part 2)

Whalers in Norway, Iceland and Greenland have called Australia’s attempts to ban commercial whaling “ridiculous”, according to a report on ABC Online. Federal Environment Minister Senator Ian Campbell is lobbying in Europe and the Pacific to get an international ban on whaling. But the whalers are suggesting that Australia’s environmental record and opposition to the […]

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Eating Whales

I lived in Africa from 1985 to 1992 and I worked for a period in Kenya with a fellow who grew up along the shores of Lake Victoria. The first time David saw the ocean was when we traveled together from Nairobi to Mombassa and then on to Malindi doing field survey work. To commemorate […]

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Jaded Kids & Jared Diamond

A recent report by the Australian Institute titled “The Attitudes of Young People to the Environment” concluded that: “Despite the increase in both scientific and political attention paid to environmental problems and a heightened emphasis on the environment in school curricula, young Australians are among the least likely to see themselves as environmentalists … They […]

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Rethinking Environmentalism

Following is an extract from my speech to the Timber Communities Australia Conference in Launceston, Tasmania: “It is a fact of life that if you don’t have your own clear plan, your own vision, you will likely be recruited into implementing someone else’s plan. Organizations such as WWF and Greenpeace don’t undertake much tree-planting or […]

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Interests versus Propaganda

“The reality is that all scientists have personal ideologies, motivations and goals – all of which can potentially introduce bias into research. Scientific work should be evaluated on its merits, not on ‘conflicts of interest’ that may or may not exist,” wrote Elizabeth Whelan recently in Spiked Online. Playing the card of ‘conflict of interest’ […]

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Why the Pope Matters to the Environment

He started off on a quest to debunk Julian Simon, then tried to prioritize the world’s environmental issues, and concluded it was all about quality of life. No, I am not writing about German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, but rather the skeptical environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg. Lomborg’s conclusions are similar to the conclusion from Yale University’s latest […]

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Warwick Hughes

Early environmentalists wore the badge of ‘skeptic’ as an honor. Thomas Huxley, a colleague of Charles Darwin, wrote: The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin. In 2005 to be a skeptical environmentalist is to almost be […]

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$10,000 funding limit misleading

The impression from the media over the last week has been that green groups are now only going to get a maximum of $10,000 each year in funding from the government The reality is quite different. Some groups will have their federal government funding cut. The Queensland Conservation Council, for example, received $92,000 in funding […]

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A Progressive Environmentalist?

On Tuesday night Greg Bourne (CEO of WWF Australia) told a crowd at the Brisbane Institute that WWF was a progressive organization essentially because WWF believed in climate change and wanted to do something about it. I am not sure that I can agree with this definition of ‘progressive’. Take the case of WWF and […]

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