Thursday, July 28, 2011

Free Will

Over the past century or so, we’ve seen some pretty revolutionary changes in the world of physics. Newtonian mechanics held the crown as the best explanation for a long time, but in fairly rapid succession, relativity and quantum mechanics came along to oust it from the top job. It is now pretty much universally acknowledged that Newton was wrong about several important things, and that the modern theories do a much better job of explaining the physical universe.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The face of evil

“Evil is a little man afraid for his job” - Blue Thunder

There are dozens of quotes I could have used at the top of this piece, and I may include some of the better ones throughout. Because it seems we are so invested in the notion of a Hitler or a Manson as the face of evil that people need to come up with a lot of new and inventive ways to remind us that it simply isn’t the case.

Monday, July 11, 2011

At Last - The Carbon Tax

Well. It’s about time.

Yesterday Julia Gillard announced the details of the Carbon Tax her Multi-Party Climate Committee has been hashing out for the last few weeks. Throughout the negotiations, and since the announcement, Tony Abbott has been doing his darnedest to spread fear and misinformation as a means of sabotaging the government’s position, and has been doing a pretty good job of it – so this won’t be just my thoughts on the good and bad of the package but will try to clear up misconceptions about the facts of the issue as well. I will not, however, be discussing the science of climate change.