Revisiting the UDHR – Human Rights and Well-Being

  It was pointed out to me this weekend, albeit rather dismissively, that an earlier piece I wrote titled “Quantified Morality – Seeking Well-Being for All” neither delivered anything about ways to quantify well-being, nor did I understand what a human right was. I was rather miffed by this comment, but it did raise some questions in me about the nature of a “right”, how it is perceived, and what importance rights...

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Why I Am A Feminist

  I’m really just formulating my thoughts on this subject, and there are many reasons I can think of, so forgive me if this piece seems incomplete. I will revisit this topic over the coming weeks. The argument around feminism, misogyny, rape culture and equality continues to rage on the web at the moment, and I only see this as a good thing. We need to talk about this issue, and hopefully, we can come to some level of understanding,...

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Science is irreconcilable with religion

There are people who claim that science and religion can exist side-by-side, one asking the “how” questions (science) and the other asking the “why” questions (religion). I’d like to say I disagree with this stance, and for a few simple reasons. Scientific inquiry is based on measuring interactions and outcomes from observable and repeatable phenomena, based on established empirical principles and existing theories....

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Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

This is great. I feel that one of the greatest ways for us to go further as a species, and to save this planet from a multitude of possible dystopian futures is through education. To see that children are able to do this research on their own is very refreshing. Education is key, because through ignorance the only decisions we can make are ill-informed and ignorant ones. In this TED talk, Sugata Mitra is very funny and seems to really enjoy the...

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“Dont just vote for them… Pray for them” – Politics and Religion

Outreach Media have done it again. They have chosen a current topic (for which I applaud them) and then used it for their own message (for which I don’t applaud them). As you may know, I have written on the Outreach Media billboards several times, as I drive past them every day on my way to work, and am aware when they change them each month. This month’s theme is the upcoming Australian Federal Election. Every month, accompanying...

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