“I Appear Missing” – Josh Homme’s NDE

Rarely does a song, a piece of music, or the release of an album inspire me to write about it. In fact, I usually only write about topics which are either political, religious, or social in nature. But on this occasion, I will make an exception. In late 2010, Josh Homme, the lead singer from my favourite contemporary rock band Queens Of The Stone Age, underwent knee surgery, when due to complications he “died on the operating...

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Defining Terrorism in the 21st Century

  I wanted to write this piece about “terrorism”, not because I think it will get me a lot of hits, but because I think the word itself has become somewhat overused, and more often than not, in a divisive and sensationalist way. Though this is hot on the heels of the events of last week in Woolwich (from which my reaction cost me a bunch of followers, and I was subjected to a slew of insults for even commenting), please...

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No Magic Required

Image from “I, Robot”, 2004, 20th Century Fox “I’m a robot, and you’re a robot, but that doesn’t make us any less dignified or wonderful or lovable or responsible for our actions. Why does our dignity depend on our being scientifically inexplicable?”  – Daniel Dennett Why is it that people continually point at the inexplicable, the undefinable and the unprovable when talking about the incredible uniqueness...

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“Overview” – A Short Film by Planetary Collective

  It would seem that those among us human beings who are lucky enough to travel to space, and are able to view the earth from high above the atmosphere, return to us with a profoundly different and new perspective of their home, and the implications of this new view of the world are far from trivial. From that distance, and floating peacefully around the planet, the mind wanders into an almost meditative state, one where the human...

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IFS 137 – Smoke and mirrors!

  On Saturday just gone, I had the pleasure of being invited once again onto Jake Farr-Wharton’s podcast, The Imaginary Friends Show Podcast. We were joined by regular guest Pete Darwin, and over the hour we discussed topics including claims that Big-Bang cosmology is consistent with biblical scriptures, miniature aliens, a boycott of Israel by Stephen Hawking, and that crazy country known as Bangladesh, among other things. So grab a...

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