Humanities

The freedom-oriented movement that has steadily grown and galvanised opposition to government and corporate coercion in the last four years has produced many brilliant analyses of problems and culprits. Yet precious little time has been spent thinking about how a better society could work, and what constructive next steps can
This post contains the full session recordings of the Progress Through Science and Freedom Conference.
This final Voices missive marks the close of nearly 3.5 years of regular direct communication in this format with the hundreds of people who reached out to me during covid times seeking sanity, hope, and alternative approaches to the problems our society faces. 
In his speech to the National Press Club last week, Australian National University vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt called on Australia to “enlighten up” – though not in those words. He reflected on how, with topics such as the Voice referendum, “democratic debates generate more heat than light”. Pointing to the way “media circuses”
It briefly felt like apartheid. In that moment, the overwhelming thought that flooded my mind was of an incident during my youth in apartheid South Africa (SA). I know I will be vilified for daring to compare the Covid times in Victoria to apartheid, but there are parallels to be
Spoiler alert. I have not seen Matt Walsh’s documentary “What is a Woman”. But I have seen select clips, along with the finale answer to the conundrum, an answer taken up by the conservative right the world over (and many on the sexually traditionalist left as well)…
The slogan cuius regio, eius religio (whose the reign/realm, his the religion) was adopted in Europe in the mid-16th century to end the religious wars. It was an agreement among the monarchs that he who governs the territory decides its religion. Faith therefore was not a matter of individual choice of beliefs, values,
Nearing the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nurse Ratched stated, ‘The best thing we can do is to go on with our daily routine.’ It was the final straw for poor old Randle McMurphy (or Jack Nicholson, if you prefer the film) leading to the disastrous climax. The
Watch or listen to Paul Frijters and Gigi Foster discuss the current state and the future of higher education, and read their blueprints for a new faculty of social science within a new university embodying the ideas of the Enlightenment, designed for the needs of the modern age.
The modern phenomenon of ‘woke’ is hard to pin down. Is it a movement, a religion, an attitude, or a lifestyle? Here we offer our own definition that places woke in the broader historical and political story of the West.

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