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COVER STORY The Great Barrier Reef is dying? ... Again?

CANBERRA OBSERVED McCain, Keating wade into South China Sea

EDITORIAL No heads roll despite quarantine foul-ups

EDUCATION FUNDING With Gonski reboot, Turnbull taps in to way to lose Catholic vote

INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS Aboriginal recognition in the constitution?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Low job prospects keep a generation at home

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Donald Trump has the world in a spin

EDUCATION FUNDING Gonski numbers shrink in the light of day

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE Qantas bans pensioner: an abuse of process

MUSIC Jim Black: accent on rhythm

CINEMA King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: The East End treatment

BOOK REVIEW Apocalypse and redemption

BOOK REVIEW Poems exhibit delicate strength

LETTERS

ELECTRICITY Bad science + bad economics = bad policy

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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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