Category Archives: philosophy

On having a good life

This afternoon, I happened to chat with a strange girl, about 16 or 17 years of age. As I got on my bike to go, I said (as I often do), “Have a good life.” “You too,” she replied. “Oh, … Continue reading

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Great music for a great cause

G’day Bob, Iain Gillespie, the inspiration behind our RAR Healesville group, has been working on a wonderful CD, to raise funds for our work for refugees and people seeking asylum. We have decided to start a GoFundMe campaign to help … Continue reading

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In reincarnation, what is the ultimate point of becoming more spiritually evolved?

This was an answer to a question at Quora. You could read the Dalai Lama’s book, “How to Practise.” The last part is very difficult, but the first part is utterly inspiring, while the middle specifies daily meditation practice. You … Continue reading

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The resilient mindset

Today, I went on my charity walk. I was ready to go, 3 Km (2 miles) I intended to approximately powerwalk, insofar as I can given that I am still recovering flexibility after my hip chop op. The organisers suggested … Continue reading

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The Citizens’ Jury

I am in the process of interviewing Professor Tim Flannery by email, for an article in Earth Garden magazine. The result of our conversation should appear in the August, 2018 issue. Tim Flannery is one of the heroes of the … Continue reading

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We Need Courage, Not Hope, to Face Climate Change

by Kate Marvel Thank you, Mike Stasse, for drawing my attention to this essay. As a climate scientist, I am often asked to talk about hope. Particularly in the current political climate, audiences want to be told that everything will … Continue reading

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The reason for all the craziness in our world: the work of John B. Calhoun

This is an extract from my coming book, Depression: A user’s guide. Population pressure Depression is a rapidly increasing epidemic. Understanding the reasons will allow you the choice of refusing to buy into the craziness, and I hope, turn you … Continue reading

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With the constant growth of the human population on Earth, where do all those new souls come from, assuming that reincarnation exists?

This question was asked at Quora. I don’t believe in anything, but do my best to interpret whatever evidence is available to form a tentative model of reality. This can be improved as new information comes. People are at liberty … Continue reading

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A random act of kindness

As part of the preparation for my coming hip chop op (formally known as total hip replacement), I do regular bike rides. I charge down a hill and struggle up the next one, turn, and do the reverse. This morning, … Continue reading

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I approve of holy days. If you have honest belief in a religion, I hope you celebrate its holy days with prayer, and ritual designed to uplift you, and acts of service to your conception of God. Nowadays, though, a … Continue reading

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