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Yin and Yang

Consilience. The word of the day, Year, Decade or Epoch? I recently [briefly] participated in a planning session and debate [through my WhaleSongServices consultancy business ] with an ex-colleague and some of his senior/executive staff regarding particular public policy challenges for a Government Department in the near to medium term [5-10 years] and the broader strategic needs of their planning. We…

There's nothing like evidenced-based public policy... News that the CSIRO plan to cut over 100 jobs from the agency’s climate science staff. Wide-spread opinion fears cuts to the CSIRO’s climate modelling and measuring research will breach Australia’s obligations under the recent Paris agreement and will result in huge costs to the economy. News reports here, here, here, here and here . Australia’s Climate Council has published…

Albert Einstein 1921

Hearing the Universe We have detected gravitational waves. We did it. - David Reitze, executive director of LIGO At a time when reason and evidence appear under siege, and "belief" and "opinion" have a seeming privileged status in civil discourse unknown since the enlightenment, I am reminded of the words of the 17th Century Dutch Philosopher, Spinoza:  The highest activity…

To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.

The Guardian - Vaccination Simulations

The vaccination "debate" continues/exists. I checked, it is February 2015. This is the 21st century [by most calendars] Another outstanding contribution to the public-health policy debate [sadly] by the Guardian US interactive team of Rich Harris, Nadja Popovich and Kenton Powell  Reason and the public good appear less a component of modern society than I was aware. In response to those that wish to open…

Perspective In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system,…

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