December 16th 2017


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COVER STORY The meaning of Christmas

CANBERRA OBSERVED Parliamentary stampede tramples freedoms

EUTHANASIA Palliative care remains the true solution

FOREIGN AFFAIRS The more Zimbabwe changes, the more it stays the same

AGENDA FOR AUSTRALIA Putting the 'fair' back in the fair go for farmers

OPINION The new Reformation: How Christians found themselves on the 'wrong' side of history

PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIETY Why Marxists will not engage with opponents

ECONOMICS Kim Beazley rides in as a white knight for the TPP

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Mergers could give unions a striking profile

MUSIC Sounds like ...: A vain search for meaning

CINEMA Casablanca: Contender for the 'perfect film'

BOOK REVIEW Australia behind the scenes in WWII

BOOK REVIEW Political sparks at the 'Friendly' Games

GENDER WARS If children can decide to change their sex can they join the army or marry?

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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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