Writing

Leadership happens

Leadership spills are ugly politics. But they can be necessary; a party must be able to change its leadership and the best time to do so is a few months before an election. Here’s my take on the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull.

Is Alan Joyce reprogramming your mind?

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Find this article at the Spectator’s Flat White blog here: https://www.spectator.com.au/2018/07/is-alan-joyce-reprogramming-your-mind/

The hedonists guilt

Having been failed by science in more than just the lack of hover-boards, post-modernism rejects materialism, and re-embraces the spiritual. It rejects empiricism and embraces the irrational. But I protest that they are not as different as they look.

Positive diffusion coefficients

Professor Jordan Peterson says the Pareto distribution is “something like a natural law”, but as an engineer it strikes me that there are far more natural processes that create equality than create inequality. So… why does money flow up-hill? And does it have to be that way?

Science of the gaps

Perhaps you’ve heard of the “god of the gaps” objection against religion. That God is an idea superstitious minds use to fill gaps in knowledge. But is it truly more reasonable for us to fill the gaps with science than with God?

The Big Dig

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Woah! Digging could be really dangerous. Depending what you dig up. What might you dig up? All sorts of things… Download here