Thinking Out Aloud

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Country:Australia
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Location:Melbourne

A blog of book reviews, occasional film reviews and posts on matters of interest



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The problem with using a distorting social lens.Source: https://theweek.com/politics/1002300/progressives-are-aggressors-in-the-culture-war-tooA common trope of commentary, both inside and outside the US, for some years now (even before the Trump-apo...

Property law rests on conventions that evolved before it and that can operate without it, or even against it.Waiting for the opening of a speakeasy in 1921 (Wikipedia commons).Black markets, markets in illegal goods and services, demonstrate that sta...

Opinions that mark one off as one of the smart-and-the-good can have a disastrous effect on policy and organisations.SourceIn her review of Andrew Doyle’s recently published book arguing the case for free speech, novelist, lawyer and commentator He...

And bad things come from pretending it was.Starved peasants on a street in Kharkiv, 1933. Wikimedia commons.A friend forwarded me this email:Never Forget: Holodomor Memorial DayIn 1932 and 1933, 7 Million (estimated) Ukrainians were massacred by geno...

We are the cultural species par excellence, and so the species that creates its own niches.Beaver dam, Hesse, Germany.The ecologist Paul Colinvaux, author of the classic text Why Big Fierce Animals Are Rare, made an observation in his deeply flawed b...

There have been four major out-of expansions by Homo sapiens.Source: Jared Diamond, Peter Bellwood, Farmers and Their Languages: The First Expansions, Science, 2003, Vol. 300, Issue 5619, pp. 597–603.Four great out-of population expansions have wid...

Intent is not the only thing to judge policies or theories on.Source: https://www.iied.org/climate-activism-time-covid-19Within the expanding debate and political controversies over CRT (Critical Race Theory), the Activist’s Fallacy is regularly on...