Opinon

Charlie Hebdo, terrorism and identity

Some will prob­a­bly know that I have been inter­est­ed in issues of iden­ti­ty for­ma­tion, adop­tion and social iden­ti­ty for quite some time now. While this is not the time or place to engage in a long dis­cus­sion of the fac­tors of Tajfelian Social Identity Theory, I think that the issues we…

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A Cult of Personality — whose persona to follow?

Originally I wasn’t going to write on this top­ic, but this morn­ing I was read­ing an old friend’s blog and start­ed think­ing about the sit­u­a­tion, and these thoughts became notes, and became a small com­ment, and now this brief post. So the log­i­cal start­ing point for this post is here: http://www.dylanmalloch.com/2014/10/mark-driscoll-theology-vs-behaviour.html and…

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Academic writ­ing, Jazz, Plagiarism and Improv. You might be won­der­ing at what these con­cepts have in com­mon, and why they should be writ­ten about in a sin­gle arti­cle. Well last week I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend a net­work meet­ing-come-book launch-come-phi­los­o­­phy lec­ture by Bruce Ellis Benson talk­ing about his new-ish…

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How to engage in productive public discourse?

Most of this post has been sparked from the Q and A pro­gram on Monday night on the ABC; so while this post should make sense even if you haven’t seen the pro­gram, it will prob­a­bly make more sense after watch­ing it or read­ing the tran­script. You can find that…

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This arti­cle from PerthNow http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/bizarrre-man-assaults-woman-photographs-her/story-fnhocxo3-1226656772796 gives the cap­tion ‘Bizarre: A man gropes a woman’s thigh and then takes a pho­to­graph of her at a Perth shop­ping cen­tre.’ to their pho­to. Problem is that the man with the cam­era in the pho­to isn’t the grop­er, and nei­ther does he have any­thing…

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A childlike faith

There are some days when I don’t want to get out of bed in the morn­ing, I don’t want to be respon­si­ble, I don’t want to have to think about doing the chores, get­ting food to eat, earn­ing mon­ey to buy food, pay­ing the bills, going to work… I sim­ply…

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