April 21st 2018


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COVER STORY The deeper causes of Australia's social malaise

GENDER POLITICS Queensland proposes transgender birth certificates

CANBERRA OBSERVED Malcolm at 30 (polls): the cloud on Turnbull's horizon

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Cardinal Pell firmly denies sex abuse allegations

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Sydney Archdiocese aims to eliminate slavery in supply chain

RURAL DEVELOPMENT Irrigation along Fitzroy River proposed and opposed

LIFE ISSUES Abortion Rethink Summit: the case for care

VERBATIM WA food, drink producers face shortage of carbon dioxide

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY Land costs: economist Henry George's solution

ELECTRICITY Will Turnbull lose three out of three?

ECONOMICS Trade wars: tariffs unlikely to be fired in anger

SEX AND TEENS How about support for the abstaining majority?

VISUAL ARTS Layers of meaning in Botticelli's La Primavera and The Birth of Venus

MUSIC Is it good?: Or, do we just like the sound it makes?

CINEMA The Death of Stalin: Black comedy of a dark time

BOOK REVIEW Cool head on topic that generates heat

BOOK REVIEW Life's not so bad: from the outside

POETRY

LETTERS

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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
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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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