How Shall We Live in the 21st Century? Part 3

This is the third of a series in which I will, however cursorily, consider the challenges – especially to the Western world – of life in the coming century. Part Three: Open and Closed. The open versus the closed society. Part two of this series concluded that neither of the most popular theories of post-20th century …

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How Shall We Live in the 21st Century? Pt 1

This is the first of a series in which I will, however cursorily, consider the challenges – especially to the Western world – of life in the coming century. Part One: Are We There Yet? Where are our flying cars? The BFD. This may seem like a silly question. After all, didn’t the 21st century …

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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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