Philosophy Hurts Your Head

The blog of a cranky Philosophy PhD Student from Newcastle, Australia.

Archive for November, 2005

On Denoting

Posted by Sam D on November 29, 2005

A conference on Russell’s work, On Denoting is being held in Padua, Italy from the 15-17 December 2005. Pity none of us here can get there for it.

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Sedition Update

Posted by Sam D on November 29, 2005

Will the new Sedition laws go through parliament unchanged or not? We will know in the next few days.

Maybe.

So remember, criticise the government if you have to, but be careful who you support. (In public anyway). On that note, also remember that most modes of electronic communication are not secure.

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Hear Sam Speak!

Posted by Sam D on November 24, 2005

I’m going to be on TiN Radio on every second Friday from 10 till 11 am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) discussing what ever philosophical thing seems appropriate ( or not).
If you are outside of Australia and can’t work out what time this is where you are, go to here

Dates: (Australian)
9 of December
23 of december

etc

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Sedition and Philosophy on Radio.

Posted by Sam D on November 24, 2005

I’m going to be on TiN Radio on Friday from 10 till 11 am (Australian Eastern Standard Time) discussing Australia’s new Sedition laws.

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Fashion Bitterness

Posted by Sam D on November 15, 2005

Fashion? Why the fuck would I bother? I can get my identity eroded for free. Hell, I can go to work and get paid for it! I don’t need to throw my money away on some argyle print piece of shit to prove how much of an individual I’m not.

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God and Society.

Posted by Sam D on November 7, 2005

I meant to post this link about a month ago but forgot, so here is is.

Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look”

By: Gregory S. Paul.

Here is the abstract: “Large-scale surveys show dramatic declines in religiosity in favor of secularization in the developed democracies. Popular acceptance of evolutionary science correlates negatively with levels of religiosity, and the United States is the only prosperous nation where the majority absolutely believes in a creator and evolutionary science is unpopular. Abundant data is available on rates of societal dysfunction and health in the first world. Cross-national comparisons of highly differing rates of religiosity and societal conditions form a mass epidemiological experiment that can be used to test whether high rates of belief in and worship of a creator are necessary for high levels of social health. Data correlations show that in almost all regards the highly secular democracies consistently enjoy low rates of societal dysfunction, while pro-religious and anti-evolution America performs poorly.”

This is well worth the read.

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