Land Rights and Responsibilities: The Carbon Tax Debate

Address to the Melbourne Unitarian Church, Sunday May 22, 2011

A Vaccine for HIV - and Beyond

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a disease which has been the subject of much commentary by religious-minded people since its discovery in 1981, many of whom sought to blame those infected. This was primarily due the discovery of the disease among gay men and injecting drug users, especially through the irregular increase of cases of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and a previously-rare skin cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma. Tabloid media, displaying the usual sensitivity and accuracy, called this the "Gay Plague".

Becoming a Type 1 Civilization

The Kardashev Scale, created by Nikolai Kardashev in 1964, is a theory of advanced energy consumption. There are four types - and Earth isn't even one of them. We are currently below the scale because we can not yet make use of all available Earthly energy. The next few steps involve using an entire planet's energy, then expanding to other planets, then to galaxies, then the universe. There might be something beyond that, but let's not get too far into theory.

Cold Confusion

In 1903, the well-known member of the French Academy of Science, Prosper-René Blondlot, responsible for the first measurement of the speed of radio waves, announced a new form of radiation at the University of Nancy, whilst attempting to polarise X-rays. Excitement rose, and no less than 120 other scientists in 300 published articles also expressed the ability to detect this new radiation, which acquired the title "N-Rays"; notably there was a very disproportionate number of French scientists among the number. There was even debate over who discovered them first.

The Rational Optimist

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

Presentation to the Unitarian Philosophy Forum, Sunday May 2, 2011

1.0 Matt Ridley, The Rational Optimist

Egypt's Revolution and the Awakening of the Arab Street

Service to the Melbourne Unitarian Church's address Egypt's Revolution and the Awakening of the Arab Street, Samah Sabawi, Public Advocate, Australians for Palestine, May 1st, 2011

Opening Words

The Philosophy of Leadership

Presentation to the Melbourne Philosophy Forum, Sunday April 3, 2011

1.0 Leadership, Charisma and Management

Radical Peace: The Spiritual Basis of Non-Violent Direct Action

Address to the Melbourne Unitarian Church, March 27, 2011

Of War and Violence

Phenomenology of Perception

Presentation to the Melbourne Philosophy Forum Sunday, March 6, 2011, 12.40pm

1.0 A Definition of Phenomenology

1.1 Phenomenology is the study of consciousness of phenomenon from a first-person point of view based on the primacy of experience and intentionality. Intentionality, in philosophy, must not be confused with ordinary-language "intention".

Truth, Dissonance and Reason

Presentation to the Melbourne Philosophy Forum : February 6, 2011

1. Logic, Truth and Sincerity

1.1 Truth is usually expressed in a three-fold manner. Statements which are logically consistent are often referred to as true; for example truth tables. This is despite the fact that logic and mathematics are quasi-empirical at best. More commonly there is one refers to factuality and the other to sincerity. The antithesis of these statements is the illogical, the false (wrong), and the insincere (more commonly called 'lying').

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