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COVER STORY The lessons for euthanasia are there for the learning

EDITORIAL Shorten's agenda will cripple Australia

CANBERRA OBSERVED Candidates must polish their paperwork skills

FOREIGN AFFAIRS EU v Poland: disquiet on the eastern front

EUTHANASIA How safe will Victoria's 'locked tin' be?

ASIA-PACIFIC AFFAIRS Pacific likely to focus for Taiwan's Iron Lady

PHILOSOPHY Aristotle and the virtues as products of reason

FEDERAL POLITICS Backbench marriage push angers Coalition colleagues

MUSIC Time and times: Melody is moments gathered for an instant

CINEMA Dunkirk: When survival is victory

BOOK REVIEW Just socialism by another name?

BOOK REVIEW The rightness of goading the left

LETTERS

MARRIAGE The issue, Bill, is transgender marriage

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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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