From the Mailbox – “Interesting Strata”

This was a question sent to me via my mailbox. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, you can leave your own here. Joshua McGee asks: I assume you’ve seen interesting strata up-close in your climbing. Have they ever generated an insight about evolution? Other more emotional reactions, such as enormous respect for, or humility in the face of, the age and history of the planet? Yes I have seen some different and interesting...

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From the Mailbox “Real Zombies?”

This was a question sent to me via my mailbox. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, you can leave your own here. Monicks asks: Do you think that it could be possible that some sort of virus/bacteria could actually turn sane healthy people into contagious brain-eating zombies? This is something that I’ve often wondered myself. I think I would have to say “Yes it is possible, but not necessarily how we see it in the...

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Disillusioned

I’ve been asking myself these questions lately: “Do the words of one person make any difference to the state of the world? Can I hope to have any influence on the future of the world? Does this blog matter?” The answer I continually come up with is a resounding “No” to all three. I came into this blogging thing  a while back thinking I had something unique to say, if not in content then at least in the voice I...

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You Are All Animals!

It’s undeniable; we are the single most advanced species of animal that we have identified to have ever existed on earth. Our social structures, brain power, our technologies, our innovations and our language is unrepeated in any other species on the planet. We are self-aware, we are group aware, and we are of the imminence of death. We understand the basic needs for life, we understand the fundaments of procreation and birth, and we can...

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From the Mailbox “Church and State”

This was a question sent to me via my mailbox. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, you can leave your own here. Blamer asks: What would be your message for Australians who self-identify as religious and are unaware or unconvinced of the desirability of secularism and church/state separation? Ooh that’s a tough one. How long have you got? It would be tough to convince a religious person that religion shouldn’t be part...

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