Tonight was like any other Tuesday evening of my life, until that moment a stranger pulled a knife on me as I walked home. I don’t recount this story as a victim statement of any kind as the ironic thing about the situation is, although I was the one at the pointy-end of the knife, … Continue reading Living life on the knife edge
Altered states of consciousness and the hallucinogenic molecules which facilitate them, have been part of the human story since time immemorial. In more recent times, the “War on Drugs” stigmatised the personal use of conscious altering substances by making them highly illegal to possess. This in turn derailed legitimate scientific research on hallucinogens which was … Continue reading Research on hallucinogens
There are three kinds of lies; white lies, damned lies and statistics. - Mark Twain A recent Guardian article, deriving from an Essential Media poll around Australian's feelings towards Christmas, is an example of how statistics can be twisted or misrepresented to prove any point one cares to prove. In this case, it's a phenomenon we can … Continue reading Proportional Misrepresentation
Re: Motion on Establishment of Anti-Corruption Agency, 8-9/12/2015 Dear representative elected on behalf of the people of the Republic of Ireland, This week a motion was proposed to the Dáil to set up an independent agency to address corruption in Ireland. The Government proposed amendments to the motion which stripped it of all its substance … Continue reading Letter to TDs on corruption in Ireland
Our world is in crisis, with violence being the core issue; violence towards each other and our environment, originating from violence towards ourselves. For the violence external to us to be solved, the violence internal needs to be addressed. We commit offences towards ourselves all the time. These minor acts are the framework for the … Continue reading Solving the crisis of violence
What constitutes an informed opinion? Does it follow one infallible source of truth? Or does it come from integrating many truths into one’s own? How wide do we open our minds when forming our opinions? Do we go narrow and deep into one specific area? Or broad and shallow across the best of various ideas? … Continue reading In my second opinion
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana Since the beginning of recorded civilisation, we have documented the key moments from our collective existence and defined it as "our history". This history has shown us where we came from, and with some analysis and understanding, serves to provide insight … Continue reading Do we learn from our past?