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Daily Archives: August 18, 2005

Global Views on Homosexuality: PEW Research Center

This is interesting. Yawning Bread (go to August 2005, “Why are some people homophobic?”) brought this to my attention.

You will find further discussion of this and other research there.
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Encounter: 7 August 2005:: – After the Bombs: Being Muslim in Australia

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Posted by on August 18, 2005 in Australia and Australian, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, Multicultural, radio, Salt Mine

 

Encounter: 14 August 2005:: – Glory Be…For Dappled Things

I have been sleeping pretty well lately, but last night (or early this morning) I woke up and caught the last part of this. It really kindled some enthusiasm for Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poetry, Enda McDonagh’s readings being very fine indeed.

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Posted by on August 18, 2005 in British, Christianity, faith and philosophy, Gay and Lesbian, literary theory/criticism, poets and poetry, radio, writers

 

Dip Ed

When I mentioned a day or two back that the Dip Ed course and the first few years of teaching could be somewhat transformative I remembered a funny story from my couple of years as a lecturer in Sydney University’s Dip Ed. I won’t mention names, as the person concerned turned out to be a really good English teacher who has had a very good career.

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Posted by on August 18, 2005 in Australia and Australian, education, ex-students and coachees, Multicultural, personal, reminiscing

 

What’s right?

Eric Aarons is about 85 years old and is in fact an ex-student of The Mine, a fact not usually mentioned as in the first fifty years or so of his life, or at least from 1938, Eric was one of Australia’s leading Communists. Today he is no longer a believer in the Marxist grand narrative, having discovered the relevance of the limitations of human nature and the importance of emotion. He has also come to the conclusion, rightly I think, that the critical element in our thinking about politics and society is values, a term he prefers to morality, though that is encompassed in the concept of values.

Aside from a chapter or two where the old Marxist terminology (which has always sent me to sleep very rapidly) is trotted out, he says in his recent book What’s Right (Rosenberg Publishing, Dural, 2003) quite a few things of relevance. He certainly can think, and for an octogenarian he is very sharp and very up-to-date. I will never be like that should I ever reach his age, I suspect. So on the grounds that the dominant paradigm in the West at the moment — the neoconservative market-worship we know so well — is possibly as vicious and erroneous as Marxism ever was, it is worth attending to what Aarons says.
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