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    Just Superb From Julian Burnside

    This article is amazing. He both recognises that the facts are often not enough to change minds and, instead of demonising those who disagree with him, seeks to empathically understand them. And, in the process, suggests something that can change hearts and minds1 – listening to those who feel as…

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    Women in Cabinet

    Perhaps predictably, there has been some discussion of the fact that Tony Abbott’s first cabinet includes one woman from a total of 19 ministers. (The fact that there’s no Science minister – science has been subsumed under Industry – is a whole other debate.) Perhaps also predictably, responses on Facebook…

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    ‘Alternative’ or ‘Pseudo’?

    Excellent little paper: http://sites.matrix.msu.edu/wp-content/readings/Fagan_and_Feder.pdf The context is archaeology, and the examples given are from that field, but it could certainly also apply to science and education. This is an excellent and thoughtful discussion of why truth and evidence matter – and why our epistemological tolerance and nuance needs to stop…