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The Value of Value March 6, 2012

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One thing I am increasingly coming to realise is that so much of human interaction rests on the notions of value.  In this post I am going to explore the origin of values in the labelling of things and how seeing the world from an external point of view can totally change your view on life. (more…)

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Why 2 minutes silence? March 1, 2011

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The PM has called for 2 minutes silence at 12:51pm today for the Canterbury earthquake and a great many organisations are heeding the call including TV stations and universities among many others.   (more…)

The disconnect February 22, 2011

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I’ve been watching quite a few documentaries recently and it strikes me that a lot of things my generation take for granted as well entrenched modern ideas have not been that way very long at all.  Consider the following very short list of examples:

  1. Less than 200 years ago washing hands and equipment before surgery was a laughable concept
  2. Less than 100 years ago a large empire collapsed (the Ottomans)
  3. Less than 60 years ago there were no satellites in space
  4. Less than 60 years ago a person was hung for murder in New Zealand
  5. Less than 50 years ago there had never been a successful heart transplant
  6. Less than 50 years ago New Zealand used pounds and shilling

I don’t know about other people but I feel very disconnected from those events despite them being very recent history.  I suspect this disconnect is a function of the pace of technological change but regardless I find it quite fascinating.

Influences in the header image June 22, 2010

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As promised earlier, a list of the people in my header image and why they are there.  The images are in no particular order in the image (I don’t think it would make sense to order them really) but they are listed below left-to-right: (more…)

Travelling August 21, 2009

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Hi all

In a couple of weeks (2nd-6th September) I am heading to Hamilton and/or Auckland for 5-6 days and haven’t really planned anything so if anyone in that part of the world wants to catch up for a coffee or beer then let me know!

In other news I have a few half written posts I must get around to finishing which might be next weeks job!

Cheers
Ian

I can haz youtube video? June 17, 2009

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Given the growing trend of educational and otherwise interesting videos on youtube I figured I’d have a go at it to see what I could do after I discovered Windows Movie Maker was included with windows.  (more…)

Why not why? Language and such. May 22, 2009

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Welcome to my relatively direction-less rant about “why”, definitions and language in general… 🙂

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Happy Newtonmas Everybody December 27, 2008

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It seems I’ve left my blogging fall behind again but I’ll be resurrecting this blog over the next week or two and will aim to get back to regular blogging. 

I hope everyone has a good break and hopefully we can get some constructive discussion going next year 🙂

Cheers
Ian

My take on morality August 7, 2008

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There has been a bit of activity on this blog in the comments sections about the ever entertaining issue of morality.  I have posted on this issue in the past but in this post I want to describe my opinion on how morals work, where they came from, and why we don’t need an objective moral set to explain the values and moral conscience we see in people today.

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Evidence Based Thought June 28, 2008

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I’d like to introduce you to a new blog that I am one of several authors for called Evidence Based Thought.  You can find the blog here:

http://evidencebasedthought.wordpress.com/

This was an idea started by a group of sceptics of the show Sensing Murder who all met on the forum set up by the producers of the show and subsequently have been in contact outside of the forum.  There is a wide diversity of experiences and knowledge among the authors and I think it over time we will get some excellent discussion going about pseudoscience and the paranormal over there. 

Check it out!