MODERN history suggests that democracy aligns, and progresses, with the expansion of civil liberties, including access by ordinary citizens to government information. But the new media reform bills tabled in [Australian] federal Parliament last week … [Read more...] about Media Rules Prohibit Dissent
MICHAEL Crichton wrote the Oscar-winning science fiction adventure Jurassic Park. But screen writing was not his first career, he studied medicine at Harvard, and later in life became very concerned about environmentalism and science, and the … [Read more...] about How Scientific Ideas Become Fashionable (Part 2)
THERE is no doubt that many people are susceptible to the repetition of a single message. No matter how stupid the message, if enough people say it often enough, a large percentage of those who hear it will begin to believe it. That’s the basis of … [Read more...] about How Scientific Ideas Become Fashionable (Part 1)
Dear Friend, Despite that salutation, I can’t be found on Facebook nor can you follow me on Twitter, BUT you CAN read my book: Australian Universities: A Portrait of Decline which lays bare the corruption of our institutions of higher … [Read more...] about Australian Universities: A Portrait of Decline
“When questioned, Jesus of Nazareth had this to say on the subject of the end of the world: 'But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.' (Mark 13:32) We don’t seem to have … [Read more...] about The Age of Apocalypse?
Matt Ridley began a recent lecture to the national academy of sciences in Scotland by suggesting it was easy to distinguish science from pseudoscience. He explained that: Astronomy is science; astrology is pseudoscience. Molecular biology is … [Read more...] about Pseudoscience as a Consequence of Confirmation Bias: Matt Ridley