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80. The Agnostic’s Survival Manual

The Agnostic’s Sur­vival Man­ual Thor May Bris­bane, Aus­tralia April 2013    Pref­ace Dear reader, are you really hop­ing for a book of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’? Do you want gen­tle ideas and a com­fort­able cor­ner in which to rest your … Con­tinue read­ing

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74. The Purpose of Education – a hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy?

Is edu­ca­tion most com­monly treated purely as an instru­men­tal tool (e.g. to get a job), or as a path to self-devel­op­ment, or both? How can a bal­ance between objec­tives be achieved in pub­lic edu­ca­tion?  Thor May Bris­bane, 2014   Pref­ace: This … Con­tinue read­ing

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64. Democratic societies are less likely to make war than dictatorships. What is the evidence?

D fears the insur­rec­tion of my eye­brows; Blow us away, my storm trooper of the army of dreams,  Lay us out in rows to moul­der. Who will be left in this Val­halla of brave poses  To wash the dishes, com­rade, When … Con­tinue read­ing

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56. Choose When to Live and When to Die – Some Notes on Exercise and Diet

The more your spirit lives in a cul­ture, the more you  get what you pay for. After all, the cul­ture has evolved, or per­haps been man­u­fac­tured, to sat­isfy peo­ple just like you. Blessed are the aver­age amongst us. Maybe your … Con­tinue read­ing

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55. If A Market Is Not A Market …

Long ago when the world was young I went to a high school to learn about the won­der­ful power of Mar­kets and The Invis­i­ble Hand. A mar­ket itself didn’t have to be a shabby patch of ground with fruit stalls … Con­tinue read­ing

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32. A Harvest of Souls – Talking to Those Other Fools

They had the infor­ma­tion, but not the knowl­edge” – David Ignatius in the IHT, dis­cussing infor­ma­tion over­load in the CIA; 30 Octo­ber 2001 Com­mon wis­dom on the net­works is that George Bush won the 2004 Amer­i­can elec­tion by har­vest­ing the souls … Con­tinue read­ing

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29. The American Beacon of Post-Industrial Failure

Amer­ica is a bea­con of failed post-indus­trial civ­i­liza­tion. The bea­con might or might not be a tele­vi­sion mock-up, but for the rest of us (non-Amer­i­cans) this glitzy haze is what mostly blurs our hori­zons. The fail­ure emerges from try­ing to … Con­tinue read­ing

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