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The committee of clerics lording it over Defence

This article is the first in a series on religion in the Australian Defence Force. Every three months, Australian taxpayers ...
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A reflection on Karl Popper’s insights into the origins of scientific method and the pre-Socratics

If I was asked to teach an undergraduate course on Rationality 101, I would begin by introducing the students to ...
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Does rationalism imply atheism?

Is there a necessary connection between being a rationalist and being an atheist? To answer this, we must tease out ...
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A fundamental examination of the intersection of reason and belief (Part 2)

This is Part 2.  You can read Part 1 here. Distinguishing faith and reason Richard Colledge, in ‘Intellectual Assent and ...
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A fundamental examination of the intersection of reason and belief (Part 1)

“For the mind of man is far from the nature of a clear and equal glass, wherein the beams of ...
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The age of reason: Polarisation is undermining rational debate

Politicians often confront us with warnings about the greatest threats facing their country or the world, and, just as frequently, ...
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Rationalism and the meaning of life

As editor of the Australian Rationalist and later as president of the Rationalist Society of Australia, I was often called ...
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Preaching science and reason is not enough

I don’t suggest that the Rationalist Society ought to have the answers to all the problems of the world, but ...
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Reason in Western civilisation

For years now, I have heard people speak sceptically, even dismissively, about ‘Western logic’ or ‘Cartesian rationalism’, as if the ...
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