On risk and probability

On risk and probability

By Rodney Eivers ‘A Visit to Bunnings – Aborted’ My wife and I sat down for our daily afternoon tea ritual. “Did you go to Bunnings as you said at lunch time that you would?” “No,” I replied. “I changed my mind. On balance I thought the risk was better avoided.” I...
This talk of God

This talk of God

By Greg Spearritt The G word is a frustrating one. It’s thrown around, even by people who should know better, as though its meaning is clear. Demonstrably, it is not. Our ideas of God are obviously cultural constructions. Many, perhaps most, people on the planet have...
A crusade on terror?

A crusade on terror?

By Greg Spearritt With the caveat that there may be subtleties lurking in a recent issue of which I may be unaware, I’m inclined to think that a reasonably unequivocal view in this particular case seems justified. Going into a military campaign in Afghanistan with a...
Warts and all

Warts and all

By Greg Spearritt Repeatedly we seem to look for some unequivocal person, group or ideology that we can swear by. There’s no shortage of people offering such a thing, of course. It really hurts, however, when that in which we have placed unwavering faith lets us down....
Complexity and satisfaction

Complexity and satisfaction

By Dallas Elvery Let me begin by introducing a designer friend of mine. There are some activities that she seems to get really absorbed in. Curly problems with myriad restrictions and complex expectations can be daunting. She doesn’t usually get there in an instant....