Category Archives: Religion

Where else would they come from?

Minister Dutton says that 2/3 of people recently charged with terrorism in Australia have Lebanese Muslim backgrounds. However, the first rule when considering dramatic statistics should be to think “compared to what”. In this case, where else might we expect … Continue reading

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What I’m reading: Things about the Parthenon YOU WON’T BELIEVE!!

What is the meaning of the relief sculpture above? I recall when I was last on the Athenian Acropolis just over a year ago marvelling at the Parthenon, not just its emphatic and sublime beauty but also its strangeness. It’s so big … Continue reading

Posted in Art and Architecture, Cultural Critique, History, Philosophy, Political theory, Religion | 6 Comments

The Pell Principle: Mission will trump morality

The current inquiry into institutional child abuse holds some interesting lessons about the nature of religion, which I’ll stay clear of here. But it also holds a larger lesson about the ability of organisations to act morally and to act … Continue reading

Posted in regulation, Religion, Society | 20 Comments

Happy little optimisers we

I know I took the notion of optimising to heart as I learned it – implicitly – from my economist Dad. And there are those who might argue that the idea in economics came from the society around economists as the discipline came into … Continue reading

Posted in Life, Literature, Philosophy, Religion | 5 Comments

Openness to talent

“MIT’s Openness to Jewish Economists”, E. Roy Weintraub MIT emerged from “nowhere” in the 1930s to its place as one of the three or four most important sites for economic research by the mid-1950s. A conference held at Duke University … Continue reading

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The Crucible: go and see it if you can

Warning: Enthusiasm Alert. I’ve just got home from seeing the Crucible by Arthur Miller at the Melbourne Theatre Company. I thought it was a very good production. I thought I wasn’t going to like David Wenham much at the outset … Continue reading

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Terry Eagleton on atheism

As people reading this blog would know, I’m no fan of Richard Dawkins writings on God. However, having seen this video, I have to admit to preferring Dawkins to this guy, whose attack on the four horsemen of militant atheism … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Religion, Uncategorized | 16 Comments