Of Interest

  • Image of Halmeg plant, by courtesy of Ryde Library Service
    01/11/2014 - 17:07

    I wonder about the past, I wonder about the different society, the different people, and the different economy - it prompts a brief look at some of the industrial history around Ryde, and the prominent sight of the "Halmeg" plant.

  • EPA graph illustrating history increase in sea level, a jagged line inclining up to the right
    01/20/2014 - 23:12

    A look at the latest IPCC report suggesting less warming, Matt Ridley's interpretation, and AGW generally

  • 01/25/2014 - 07:55

    A look at Intellectual Property - Property in ideas as compared to land - considering Commons, Enclosures, the injustices IP,the validity of the justifications - and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • 07/30/2014 - 10:00

    The WA Goldfields Pipeline is a hidden wonder of Australian Engineering Heritage. It's story captures a great deal about engineering and political challenges, often not very far apart.

  • 09/13/2014 - 23:08

    Trying to be measured and not dismissive, I take a look at the origins of cancer together with the effectiveness of mainstream & alternative therapies.

  • 09/27/2014 - 21:07

    I'm comfortable with Zoe's law 2, a law which proposes to recognise injury to an unborn foetus. I don't think that this law would affect the law around abortions the way has been claimed.

  • 12/31/2014 - 09:54

    I've long had an interest in the Great War. Drawing from Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August", I make my own analysis of its significance in the current day.

  • 02/06/2015 - 11:16

    Engaging with the arguments in one particular anti-vax article, I try to work through the claims one by one.

  • 05/03/2015 - 08:18

    Trying to get a handle on the diversity of reactions, ideas, the fair and the unfair, the complexity, around Islam.

  • 09/21/2015 - 10:32

    Back in 2008, I had an on-line debate with Greg Clarke who was the then-director of the Centre for Public Christianity. The subject was just how much influence the teachings of Jesus have on moral ideas generally, at least in our Western tradition. I've reproduced it here. I've not included comments from others which also appeared on the original blog, given that this is a copy of the original material, which I don't think appears elsewhere on the web. Anyway, here's the original exchange ...