When Two Truths Go to War Pt 2

Satisfying the Incommensurable Worlds Inside Us. Science and Religion as incommensurable conceptual worlds. A Devil's Curmudgeon. Illustration by Lushington Brady. In my previous article, I discussed the long-running conflict between science and religion and the conclusion, of scientists from Galileo to Nobel Laureate, Professor Peter Doherty, that in fact there was no intrinsic conflict between …

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When Two Truths Go to War, Pt 1

Science & Religion as Incommensurable Worlds. “The intention of the Holy Spirit is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how heaven goes” - Galileo Galilei On receiving his Mendel Medal, Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty remarked that he “had no quarrel with” its citation for demonstrating that “between true science and true …

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How Not to Be Fooled: Sources Say

Always Ask Who Is Saying It – and Why? Anonymous sources have become a media game of Chinese whispers. A Devil's Curmudgeon. In the dim, dark, pre-internet days, a journalist’s contact book was their prized possession. As veteran journalist Alex Mitchell recounts, his contacts “were the lifeblood of my professional life”. I still remember my …

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The Myths of “Genocide” and “Stolen Land” Pt. 3: What Do They WANT?

“Decolonisation” Has Nothing to Do With Justice and Everything to Do With Power. This sanitized vision of colonialism is no less unrealistic than the demented hatred of the left. A Devil's Curmudgeon. This is the third and final part of this series.Part One: The Myths of “Genocide” and “Stolen Land”.Part Two: Culture. In Orson Scott …

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The Myths of “Genocide” and “Stolen Land” Pt. 2: Culture

Cultures Don't Only Change by Force - and Why Wouldn't They? A Catholic mission in Nauru in 1914. A Devil's Curmudgeon. In the first part of this series, I discussed the falsity of the pervasive narrative of “stolen land” and “genocide” that bedevils the West. As I argued, despite the lamentable fact that a great …

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The Myths of “Genocide” and “Stolen Land” Pt. 1

The Past Should Be Neither Lied About nor Judged by the Present. A sketch by Tahitian navigator and artist Tupaia, showing a British naval officer (believed to be Joseph Banks) and a Maori man exchanging gifts. A Devil's Curmudgeon. The self-hating narrative of the left in Australia, New Zealand and the Americas is omnipresent. The …

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D-Day in the Culture Wars Is Looming

The Left Are Throwing Everything They’ve Got in the Counter-Attack to 2016. Andrew Breitbart coined the dictum that politics is downstream from culture. The left might sneer at Breitbart for being a wicked conservative who founded the right-wing nutjob fake news hub that bears his name (conveniently forgetting, of course, that he also co-founded the …

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Victoria’s Descent into Medically-Induced Tyranny

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity” - W. B. Yeats Daniel Andrews is using the Wuhan plague to plunge Victoria into a police state. A Devil's Curmudgeon. Photoshop: Lushington Brady I have often wondered what it must be like to watch from the sidelines as a society descends …

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The Lies of Black Lives Matter

They Can’t Handle You Knowing the Truth. Black Lives Matter is the biggest, dumbest, most vicious conspiracy theory since the Tsarist secret police faked up the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Its entire narrative is, as Jim Goad writes, “moored in lies and rampaging innumeracy”. It’s paramount, of course, to distinguish at the outset …

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