Monthly Archives: June 2007

Junk memes

An article in yesterday’s ‘Age’ carries good news, the Egyptian government has finally decided to outlaw female circumcision, although I have to say it is outrageous it took them so long. What prompted the decision was the death of a … Continue reading

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The feeling function

Seeing as DePayens mentioned the feeling function I thought I should open a thread on the subject. The first thing I want to do is point to the work of Carl Rogers who suggested there were five levels. The article … Continue reading

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The problem with genitals

I was watching an episode of Lost and the character of Sun is asked about the conception of her child. She is embarrassed and does not want to talk about it, however she is clearly delighted about the fact she … Continue reading

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The lie of moderate Islam

In response to the threat of Islamist violence many Muslims have argued that they do not represent the ‘real’ Islam and that the majority of Muslims are moderate. Oh, really? I have argued this elsewhere, but if the majority are … Continue reading

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A history of violence

The full text of Steven Pinker’s ‘A History of Violence’. http://www.global-mindshift.org/discover/viewFile.asp?resourceID=399&formatID=344 A quote: “On the scale of decades, comprehensive data again paint a shockingly happy picture: Global violence has fallen steadily since the middle of the twentieth century. According to … Continue reading

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Child abuse and indigenous Australia – the conservative response

I don’t want to spend too much time on this. The errors of the conservatives are the same in all places and can be summarised as belonging to two broad areas, fiscal conservatism and paternalism. Australia had a very paternalistic … Continue reading

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Is there a right to be wrong?

This questions arises out of my previous post, but I think it deserves a seperate thread. Is there an ethical principle that says a person or group has a right to believe something that is demonstrably wrong? Which is the … Continue reading

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Do cultures have rights?

I’ve started thinking about the problem with progressive/left politics. As I’ve said before I come from the left and I remain committed to many ‘progressive’ causes, but I am becoming increasingly frustrated with what I regard as an increasingly incoherent … Continue reading

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Evolution and religion

Continuing on the atheism theme – there was a reprint of NYT article in today’s Age ‘A2’ supplement that is a review of the current thinking in evolutionary biology regarding religion (written by Robin Marantz Henig). There are two camps, … Continue reading

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Child abuse and indigenous Australia – part 2

This is a complex issue and I’ve been trying to think of a way to structure my response. Before Andy asked for my comment I had been thinking of writing an entry called ‘Do cultures have rights?’ The basic premise … Continue reading

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