Continuing the Christendom-Caliphate war

Is it just me, or is the current round of anti-Islam sentiment just a revival of the medieval anti-Caliphate/crusade mentality? In short, isn’t this just Christians versus Muslims all over again? I thought that was finished in 1683, with the [second] siege of Vienna. But apparently not. And this indicates that those atheists who are Read More…

The March for Science – my thoughts in interview

Hi folks. Sorry for the delay in writing. I have been revising my book, and all the creative juices are going into that. One exception, though, is this interview by Adam Ford with me on the Philosophy of Science implications of the March for Science.http://www.scifuture.org/marching-for-science-with-john-wilkins-a-perspective-from-philosophy-of-science/ Here’s a direct link to the Youtube video.

The Triumph of Stupidity

The following essay was written by Bertrand Russell in 1933. I have changed the names of the countries and made some minor amendments to make it applicable to today: What has been happening in America is a matter of the gravest portent for the whole civilised world. Throughout the last hundred and fifty years, individual Read More…

A proposal for law makers

I was apprised last night by an IT student that there is a concept in computing known as exponential back-off, in which calls to a service that fail have slower and slower repeat times until an acceptable level of calls are made (for example, to a database that might be under too great a load Read More…

Why is politics failing?

In a way this is a silly question: politics is politics, and always has been. The real question is why liberal democratic politics is becoming unrepresentative and generating cynicism, extremism and alienation among the supposedly represented. The answer is, I think, a loss of the social contract that made representative democracy work. In the US, Read More…

On rights

I am as shocked about Orlando as everyone else, but I am shocked about a lot more. So I must declare my stand. I stand for homosexuals, intersex, asexuals, and all other kinds of sexual orientation. I stand for males, females, and everything in between. I stand for every ethnic and social grouping. I stand Read More…

Secular Calvinism

Australia is one of the most secular of developed nations. At the last census, 22% of people marked “No religion” as their affiliation, and the attendance at religious services weekly dropped to 16%, from a high in 1950 of 44%. So why is it that a sizeable minority (around 30%) of Australians oppose gay marriage, Read More…