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    Questions for Atheists

    My good friend Mike Adams asked the following questions. I’m not an atheist, but I think I can offer some answers that might be useful. All my friends, however they identify themselves, and Mike of course, are free to add to, challenge or ignore them! …why are atheists so dogmatic…

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    (Still) Not Perfect

    About 4 years ago, I shared a link to Tim Minchin’s lovely song, ‘Not Perfect‘, here on this blog: http://www.bravus.com.au/blog/?p=895 If you haven’t heard it, you should click on the title above and watch and listen before reading on. So, apart from being a beautiful, poignant and sometimes funny song,…

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    Told You…

    …that the blogging pace would not remain as frenetic as it was for a while there. The posts are there when they’re there, and not when they’re not.

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    Excessive Optimism

    I’m ridiculously, annoyingly optimistic and positive. Playing a round of golf this morning with my new clubs, and an initially promising tee shot on a par 3 bounced into the bunker. “That’s OK,” I chirruped, “I wanted to try out my sand wedge!”

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    Apocalypse Free Zone

    It was always going to be a fizzer of a story. And it is. Notionally, there’s a bit over 5 hours to go in the 21st, but I’m pretty confident I’ll be golfing in the morning. Been a fun, mellow, family day – may we have many more! It’s interesting…

  • Religion

    God, Intervention and Responsibility

    Someone asked on a forum ‘Was God responsible for the deaths in the Newtown shootings?’ My response: Thread is about God’s role. On which, if God could have prevented it and didn’t, why not? Certainly Huckabee’s ‘pushing God out of the schools’ makes no sense – if God is omnipresent,…

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    Scars

    The thought occurred to me almost 7 years ago: http://www.bravus.com.au/blog/?p=469 Few more scars since then – in fact I have stitches right now from having something cut out of my skin last week. Suzie has some doozies – a couple of caesarians, a hysterectomy and a seriously large one where…

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    Twelvity Twelve and its Discontents

    From my friend Glenn Scott: 4.5 billion years of evolution culminated in a moment of clarity at 12:12, 12/12/12 where, for the very first time, a human (me) fully understood the depth, scope and implications of reality. This enlightenment represented the paradigm shift humanity have been striving towards for millennia…

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    Congratulations, Cassie G!

    Those who ‘do Facebook’ will already have seen this news, but not everyone does – and this blog is a lot less ephemeral. Huge congrats to Cassie, who graduated on Monday from her dual degree program at UQ. She can now justifiably be named as Cassie Geelan BEd(Sec) BSc(Psych). So…

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    Too Much…

    Heh, work-life balance… 😉 It’s the weekend and I have too many papers and such on the go! A chapter I started last week and need to finish, an edited book to pull together and send back to the publisher, a paper I started on Thursday and another paper I…

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    Minnie the MOOCher

    I’ve been hearing about MOOCs – Massive Online Open Courses – on Twitter and around the traps a bit, without really having a good sense of what they are all about. This blog post by Clay Shirky does a very nice job on not only the ‘what’ but the ‘why’:…

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    Termiting Through

    It’s an image William Gibson has used. He’s written a couple of trilogies, that he never intended to be trilogies. He wrote a novel, then saw that the world had enough in it to explore further, and – in his words – tunnelled like a termite back through the worlds…

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    My Meditation

    Heard something on the radio the other day about meditation, and was thinking about whether it would benefit me. It might – I both think too much and consuume too many media. There’s always a train of thought, plus a song, plus a heap of allusions, going on in my…

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    I’m Fine

    One person asked, and others may have thought it… but the ‘In Case of Death’ post was just spurred by a conversation between Cassie and me, not by any sort of … diagnosis or anything. I’m riding my bike carefully, and going for my checkup next week, and as far…