How Does Humanism Relate to Environmentalism?

  The earth is currently suffering from the sum of human activity, particularly the activity we have undertaken over the past 200 years. Environmental degradation can be blamed for many problems we face currently, and given our thirst for more, I believe it will only get worse in the near future. Huge swathes of rainforest are cleared daily, tops of mountains are lopped to unearth ore, seas are gradually losing their inhabitants and may...

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A Lunchtime Conversation – Causality

  Yesterday, over lunch, I was trying to explain in simple terms the idea of causality to a colleague of mine, and found that it is very difficult to wrap your head around, especially for the uninitiated. He had seen a documentary on The Big Bang (not the comedy show), and was trying to grapple with ideas around the age of the universe, parallel universes, and how, if there are infinite possible parallel universes, everything that is...

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Young Earth Creationism – Why It Will Never Do

  To those of you with even a very basic understanding of the way the earth formed, abiogenesis, and evolution, this may seem like a waste of time to read, because you’ve heard it all before. But unfortunately there are people out there who claim, by the words written in their holy books, that the earth can only be between 6 and 10 thousand years old, because, before that, there was nothing. This flies in the face of our actual and...

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Is It Too Late To Start Again?

  The Anthropocene brings with it several challenges, and not the least of them is the question “Where to from here?” Because the very nature of the Anthropocene is an irreversible change to the planet brought on by humanity, the “where to” question may, to many seem null. But let’s make one thing clear: While we have destroyed many ecosystems and sent many plants and animals into extinction, the very reason...

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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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BOOK REVIEW – “Unweaving the Rainbow” by Richard Dawkins

  This month, while in a Twitter hiatus, I managed to get around to reading a book. Yes, a real book, with paper and pages and a cardboard cover! The book I chose to read is by Dr Richard Dawkins, and this is one that is overlooked in terms of its importance and place in society, having been overshadowed by his more groundbreaking and most famous publications such as “The Blind Watchmaker”, “The Selfish Gene” and of...

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