Consuming media | Part 5 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|Part 5|More […]

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Racism in Israel | Part 4 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|More to […]

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Jewish supremacy | Part 3 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|More to come […]

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The view from Australia | Part 2 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1|Part 2|More to come Most […]

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… | Part 1 on Gaza

This series is about Israel’s policies in Gaza. I think they’re so unconscionable that I can’t believe they’re up for debate even among Jews — and yet they are. Instead of criticising Israel, I invite you to explore the basis and consequences of a pro-Israel’s-policy view. I’m not naive about changing minds but gotta try. This is for you if you: (1) support Israel’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank (2) consider Palestinians and Israelis to be equally human, their lives equally valuable and (3) don’t consider Jews to be a superior race. Part 1 | More to come […]

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The moral cost of living where you live

When I was travelling recently, I realised that living in any particular country has a certain moral cost associated with it. A majority (or even everyone) who lives there pays the cost. It spans practical and ideological lines because it touches on the very basics that we all use for living. When you live in a place, unless your life is extremely traumatic, you will tend to normalise the way the place works. This includes the terrible stuff you don’t agree with. No matter how much you might fight against it, our brain can’t help but respond to it as […]

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The Ice Bucket Challenge and its critics + meta-critics

If you’re reading this, you have access to the internet and this means you’ve heard (lots) about the ice bucket challenge. I won’t even describe it other than to mention that the amount of money it has raised is over $50M as of August 22. Given that about half of the mentions (or videos) of the challenge I’ve seen have been in the last few days, I’d bet that has gone up by a lot. As with any viral social phenomenon (especially one about social causes), it’s also attracted a lot of backlash from anti-posts on social media to full-length […]

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The House of Screams

[CN: Existentialism; emo] Ok, this is probably the most personal (and rambling) post I’ve written so if you don’t want to read the musings of a 30 year old that could well sound like the emo diary of a 15 year old, you know what to do… I’m a pretty curious person. I’m interested in almost anything and I have been doing a lot of learning over say the last 12 years (from personal experience, books, articles, travel). I have a pretty good memory, so a lot of it’s stayed with me. And so, the more I’ve learned about the […]

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Kneejerk anti-consumerism or why blame smartphones first?

There are some serious problems with the world’s economic system. This can’t really be denied unless you’re even much further right than say Tony Abbott. Three major intertwined issues are: global poverty the unsustainability of how we make, consume and dispose of stuff the human rights and labour rights of the people who make stuff Because these problems are systemic, they apply to the whole system, and to most subparts or industries. So while it’s possible to criticise the system as a whole, we humans get bored by abstract stuff so it’s often more effective to talk about particular products […]

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Near death experiences are evidence for materialism

Near death experiences happen to many people when they’re near clinical death and survive. They’re often profoundly meaningful or life-changing to those who have them. They’re also frequently used to argue that there is an afterlife, a spiritual realm or “something more” out there than scientific materialism posits. A recent Intelligence2 debate on the existence of the afterlife (which I recommend everyone watch) had nothing but the testimony of a neurosurgeon about his near death experience as the case for the for side. I think near death experiences can be pretty good at convincing people that our consciousness is not […]

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