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The science is settled?

  • Science

Why I am not convinced by the climate change alarmists. My reasons, are not all to do with science…

Trump or The Squad: who’s doing harm?

In many situations, both sides of politics agree on the problems. Sensible doctors, however, don’t argue about symptoms, they argue about causes. Without agreement over the cause, there can be no agreement on the cure. The useful question is, “what is the source of harm?”

Uh-oh, generation Z are voting

Ugh! Young people. What would they know about anything. Based on some data… either the latest generation are increasingly raging lefties, or right-wingers are decreasingly likely to fill out surveys. Both are plausible hypotheses.

Why the majority is ruining democracy

It’s easy to assume that if the majority of the public wants something, then our leaders ought to do it. That’s the point of democracy, right? Actually, no. Majority rule would be a disaster!

Christchurch: a time for tears

If we could just resist politicising it, there’s a correct immediate response to the Christchurch massacre. To mourn what it says about humanity, and to lay the blame where it exclusively lies.

The fall of the machines

Japanese car-makers and, more recently, Elon Musk, both found that automation is not as good as everyone assumes. “Humans are under-rated”. There’s an important lesson in that for policy-makers.

Gender anarchy for Christmas?

Can we really afford to discard objective truth as a standard? What would happen to our legal system? Is this as insane as it sounds? Yes. Yes, it is.