Six Questions

Six Questions

What brought the laws of nature into existence? Nobody knows. We don’t even know if the question itself has any meaning, as time itself is product of the universe, and so the whole concept of ‘bringing’ may not hold meaning outside the framework of a...
Is it 1984?

Is it 1984?

In 1984 society was an Oligarchy where the leaders at the top, the Inner Party, had a huge percentage of the wealth while the Proles, the lower 80% of people, had little or no wealth or political power. Anyone familiar with the levels of wealth inequality in the...

Response to Oh, you’re an atheist?

This is a response to Zachary Ardem’s article titled “Oh, you’re an atheist?’ which is a fictional discussion between a theist and a atheist in 2065. Auckland, Easter Sunday 2065AD – a fanciful conversation. Two men chat awkwardly on the city’s...

Are You Responsible? The Death of Free Will

Are you responsible for your actions? Are you an agent capable of observing, evaluating, analysing and acting? Do you have the freedom to make decisions for yourself? Do you have free will? It has been suggested by some that free will is an illusion. Jerry A. Coyne...

Objective wellbeing and morality – yes it exists

I was pleased to read an editorial encouraging more reason based political process in the September 2012 edition of ‘The Open Society’. At the same time, I was a little perplexed by assertions in the same article, and in an article critiquing Sam Harris’ book “The...
The Passionate Rationaist

The Passionate Rationaist

In life if you only aim for what is easily achieved you will only ever achieve the mediocre. It is better to challenge yourself and fail than to sit on the sidelines and watch others take up the challenge. The fact is that we have only one life, and the only measure...