Of Interest

  • 09/10/2020 - 16:50

    This piece is derived from a talk I gave at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts. So, it is a bit more "talky" than my other articles. I have had some appreciation about just how it captures the issues, and the US influence. Hope you find it interesting

  • 05/16/2019 - 09:51

    A top-level look at the current tensions in politics in Australia, and a plug for the Pirate Party.

    Understanding the political world around me has been an adventure, perhaps even a struggle. There are problems I see, that Pirate Party Australia sees, which I've tried to make sense of, and I'll now outline a few of them, in particular a few ways how politics and political debate has gone off the rails in Australia. Yes, I hope that you'll want to support us. But regardless, I hope you'll find what I say to be worthwhile.

  • 03/09/2019 - 15:06

    I gave this presentation on the 7/2/19 at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club.
    I am not presently planning to stand for the next NSW State election, but
    I do hope that I can nevertheless make a worthwhile contribution. If anyone
    wants to support me standing as an independent, let me know!

  • 12/27/2015 - 22:15

    There's a lot of hype around slowing down, or even reversing aging. Here's my view.

  • 11/07/2015 - 16:52

    I hit another vehicle from behind - and proved in court it was the other drivers' fault. And along the way I learnt a lot about the courts, topping up my cynicism tank along the way.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 02/06/2015 - 11:16

    Engaging with the arguments in one particular anti-vax article

  • 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.

  • 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.