April 22nd 2017


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COVER STORY The populist wedge: political disaffection comes to Australia

EDITORIAL Human Rights Commission needs to start afresh post Professor Triggs

CANBERRA OBSERVED Liberals' soul searching too painful to publicise

ABORTION Law condones the act as it criminalises the image

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Trump makes calculated response to Syrian atrocity

CHINA No easy way to reverse malignant one-child policy

FOREIGN AFFAIRS French election may determine Eurozone fate

ECONOMICS The taxing of companies: a clarifying perspective

PHILOSOPHY Rights bereft of obligations: or, Socrates versus the pig

MUSIC Classical colours: Mozart's fusion of opposites

CINEMA Beauty and the Beast: A fairytale of true enchantment

BOOK REVIEW Santamaria: a man against the tide

BOOK REVIEW The teen they would have made queen

Heartening response to readers' survey

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THE FRAGILE FLAME:
The Uniqueness and Vulnerability of Scientific and Technological Civilization

Hal G.P. Colebatch

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(Perth, WA: Acashic Publishing, 2013)
Paperback: 620 pages
ISBN: 9781300412335
Price: AUD$34.95

 

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This book tells something of how we have, in modern civilisation, been given, unlike any that went before us, a taste of the enormous abundance, health and opportunity which the future may bring to our children.

Scientific and technological civilisation is the legacy of many of the greatest minds the human race has produced, its development, and today’s threats against it, explained and traced in part here.

The alternative to scientific and technological civilisation will guarantee for mankind a regression into a second Stone Age, which will be terminal. Humans may live brief, stultified, animal existences filled with pain and terror, perhaps for a time under the rule of war-lords or shamans, as supplies of easily-obtained metal and fuel give out and the environment is denuded to provide the bare necessities of existence, with animal lives like those of the African savannah-dwellers from whom humanity sprang, this in turn ending in complete animalism or extinction.

But this book also argues that the continuance of spiritual, scientific, humanistic and technological heritage of Western civilisation, may give Mankind the opportunity for a deeper and truer spiritual life, a more wonderful world, and the stars.

 

The author

Hal G.P. Colebatch, PhD, is the prize-winning author of many books and has been described as one of Australia’s best writers and leading intellects.


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