Episode 151 – Science will undermine Liberal Humanism
Science has undermined religion and is about to do the same to Liberal Humanism. If your version of Humanism prioritises individual freedom of choice but science reveals that freedom of choice is a myth, then it might be time to choose a different branch of Humanism.
Apologies to Mrs Fist and Meredith. It’s another long episode.
2:20 Trump, North Korea and the G7
9:09 NSW abortion clinic ‘safe access’ bill passes with overwhelming support. Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, and the former minister, Pru Goward, were among those who voted against it. The text of the actual amendment. A Sydney Catholic bishop is calling for safe access zones to be enforced around churches
21:32 ‘Ellis defence’ scrapped as Victorian law change opens church up to abuse legal action. An explanation of the Ellis defence and the new legislation.
43:43 How religious was China?
52:03 Denmark passes a law banning burqa and niqab.
53:20 The older women theory from Jordan Peterson.
56:20 Tommy Robinson was derailing a court case. Don’t feel sorry for him.
59:04 Dave Rubin – A libertarian nut case. Praised the Masterpiece Bakery decision and said if things continue as they are, he will vote for Trump.
1:01:11 The Masterpiece decision. The Supreme Court invented hostility in comments made (after its ruling) by one member of the Colorado commission (not State court). This is why we should avoid a Bill of Rights. Apparently, Victoria would allow such discrimination.
1:04:42 Patron Info
1:10:41 The Ramsay Centre and the ANU It shows just how seriously our national newspaper and its right-wing commentariat (a description Sheridan did not deny) is fighting its culture wars.
1:16:50 1 in 6 Aussies don’t have $2000 in emergency money. 63% of Americans don’t have $500 in emergency money.
1:18:18 The End of the American Experiment – It’s Over. So What Can the World Learn?
1:29:42 School funding is a disgrace
1:31:41 Wizard or Prophet – which one are you? – If Harari is to be believed, liberal humanism is going to be undermined in a decade or two by the very same scientific progress that Pinker extols at length in Enlightenment Now. Just as scientific study of the Bible inadvertently undermined faith in the Christian God, scientific study of the mind is inadvertently undermining faith in the liberal humanist God: the freely-choosing individual. Steve Pinker’s book is flawed.