• General

    A Partial List of What I’m Up To

    I quite often get kind, well-meant questions of the kind “So, what are you doing these days when the students aren’t at uni?”. These suggest that perhaps my title of Senior Lecturer has given people the impression that my main and only job is lecturing… and when there’s no-one to…

  • Bike Stuff - Teaching

    Distributed Awareness

    As you may have noticed, there’s an unobtrusive category system with posts on this blog, that can be used to search for posts on particular topics. It’s not unusual for posts to have a couple of codes, and there are common combinations, like ‘Science’ and ‘Teaching’ (and, unfortunately, ‘Politics’ and…

  • General

    Change the Date of Australia Day

    Some of you already know about this if you’re a Facebook friend ‘cos I spammed you, but those who don’t, and have any passing interest in Australia or in inclusiveness might find it interesting to check out: Change the Date of Australia Day. Or not.

  • Musings - Politics

    UnAustralian

    One of the local newspapers included in today’s edition free small Australian flags to be flown from cars, so there were lots of them about on the weekend. Lots of flags everywhere else as well, including on clothes and even bikinis. I had a bit of a rant-ette to the…

  • General

    Quantum, Consciousness and Divinity

    Just sharing a discussion from a forum, mostly because I liked what I wrote and didn’t want to limit it to a small audience. 😉 Someone wrote: ahh but her answer is from a classical physics perspective. the quantum world opens up possibilities of superposition and the role of consciousness…

  • General

    Paul Feyerabend on teaching

    My favourite philosopher of science, in a letter to the chair of his department in 1969: I see before me young people, who are capable of great new discoveries, who are capable of showing us where we have gone wrong, whose individuality has been almost obliterated by a crazy and…

  • General

    Feeling Kinda Old – but Pleased

    Cassie got her offer and enrolled at the University of Queensland (where I teach) last night. She’s enrolled in the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education dual degree program, which is intended for school science teachers but also keeps her options open as long as possible, because she’s still not really…

  • General

    There Is Probably No God

    …is an ad that atheists in the UK have been paying to post on the side of buses. This discussion (from the William Gibson Board) of the ads and morality and religion and science and the existence of God runs for about 8 pages, or 160 or so posts, at…

  • General

    www.geelantraining.com

    www.geelantraining.com I’m trying to get Suzie’s business website, which I built a while ago but am just getting really serious about promoting now, noticed and indexed by Google, so I’m kind of spamming it all around the web wherever I can. If you happen to have a blog or other…

  • General

    Just Conversations

    I was chatting with Alex the other day about my state of awareness when riding the bike. I was explaining that it’s unusual, because it’s broadly focused – I’m not really looking at one thing specifically and focusing in on it, but rather am aware of a very large field…

  • Bike Stuff

    Why ride?

    It’s funny – talk to most people who don’t ride, and they’re convinced that it’s basically a death sentence in fairly short order. They’re wrong, but it got me thinking about why I choose to ride. And of course there are other reasons to ride, like parking for $100 a…

  • General

    A short short science fiction story

    It was really only the dead pixels that gave it away. The surfboards and old tins of pineapple Sex Wax and photos of Duke Kamehameha on the walls were all real enough, at least for their purposes. The drinks with rum and coconut were sampled and sequenced but got the…

  • General

    My Position (again)

    Someone on a forum asked me: Hello bravus i often read comments of yours that make it seem like you support neo-darwinian evolution. So for clarification you are adventist so what position do you support, creation with veritable evolution (within kinds) or the full fledged neo darwinian-evolution? Just for clarification.…