It’s no mystery that our Tory masters have reduced animals to things incapable of feeling pain or thinking thoughts in order to exploit nature – and profit from it – as much as they possibly can. Killing beasts and people is always about pennies, albeit millions and millions of pennies – but pennies nonetheless. Why wouldn’t they do this to animals? If you can be so cruel to a defenceless animal you can do the same to a child.
Except in the event of a worldwide electronics apocalypse, this cyber revolution, together with all the changes it has brought and will bring about, is here to stay. While we may know the odd person who has resisted the urge to begin using Facebook or Twitter (are these already passé?), everyone – at least in the developed world – benefits from the progress we all share, and we all suffer its consequences.
Our destruction, violence, and cruelty in the world we live should shock us and make us anxious. Why would we never consider it on another world? Is it is the case that the grass is always purpler the other side?
Truth cannot be calculated by the application of formulae. People’s accounts of events; the presentation of their truths, be that in books, the newspaper, or their spoken words, stake a claim on truth which cannot be factuality because it speaks to a distinct category of knowledge.
NASA’s Kepler space telescope has sent home information that has the space community here on terra firma all in a stir. Over the past few years observations of the star KIC-8462852 (1480 light years from Earth) have highlighted some “super weird” anomalies which have already been attributed to the work of an extra-terrestrial civilisation.
It was the eighties. We loved the place and we feared the time. At school we were fed a diet of free milk and warnings of when the Russians attacked. At nine years old I had already seen images of what their bombs would do to us.
Our innate religious imagination is one of the many psychological bi-products of our human intelligence which assists us as we try to make sense of our reality. In this respect it has much in common with language.
Follow @UrFhasaidh Anyone who follows dear old @Pontifex on Twitter will be aware that the Holy Father has gone on social media hyper-drive over the past couple of days. Back in the day, before most of our days, we could expect Papal communication to move at the speed of a Mediaeval plague victim; Councils every … Continue reading Why Won’t the Church Leave the Science to the Scientists?