Evolution, Reification, Homunculi, Anthropomorphism, Teacups and Storms

What’s wrong with this sentence: “This is how evolution stops bad mutations building up to dangerously high levels in a species”? I count at least four things wrong… This musing was prompted by the following snippet: When we reproduce, our children inherit a shuffled bag of mutations, and those with a collection of particularly bad ones are […]

Liberals Embrace Science? Yeah, But No

Senator Sinodinos – the Minister for Industry, Innovation, and …  whatsitsname? Oh yes, Science – said in a recent speech to the Press Club: [I]ncreasingly, there has emerged a lack of respect for the scientific method in some quarters. We see the conclusions of experts being cast aside, in favour of ideological positions and selective use of […]

Computers are bad, m’kay

Suddenly all of the jokes about economists aren’t funny. Here is an economist, Tim Harford,  writing about applied psychology, AI, and control systems in the article https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/11/crash-how-computers-are-setting-us-up-disaster Being likewise an expert in none of these disciplines, but with that little knowledge that makes me dangerous I am disturbed by what seems to be the basic […]

Speechless with horror and disgust

I’ve posted very little for some time now,  not been because there’s been nothing to say, but rather because there has been so much to say I’ve been speechless. I’m speechless at the hypocrisy of the current government. I’m speechless at their casual, brutal disregard for the truth. I’m speechless at the sneering, arrogant cynicism […]

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70 days in Canberra – a climate change

Excerpted from my article  Prime Minister “One-term” Tony sets a blistering pace, about One-term Tony’s achievements in only 70 days. Science: For the first time since 1931 Australia lacks a Minister for Science. [but for late breaking news, see Australia’s new Science Minister 2014-01-07] One-term Tony clearly understands that scientists have caused many of Australia’s and particularly […]

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Australia’s new Science Minister

In a shock announcement, Prime Minister One-term Tony has revealed that Australia is to have a Science Minister after all. It’s Canada’s ex-Defence Minister, Paul Hell-Yeah. “Just as, aaaaah, there was only one woman, errrrr, smart enough for cabinet, until, aaaah, now there was nobody smart enough to be Science Minister”, One-term announced.