If you need evidence of how religion and culture are inextricably bad things, you need only look at a recent resolution passed by the UN.
Playing Democracy 3 last week got me thinking about the political party I would like to see – and why it isn’t really any of the parties we have at present.
Heritage Day and Braai Day mark different parts of what it is to be South African and shouldn't they be on different days?
South Africa has a problem, our leaders are celebrities.
There are a few things I, as a South African, have always felt that I could feel proud of.
One of the more puzzling things I have read in a long, long while was Terry Eagleton’s piece on how proud he is of not using email.
In March of this year, Zerlina Maxwell went on Fox News and argued that as a rape survivor, she believed the best way to reduce rape was to teach men to stop raping.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that his office is planning to censor the British Internet.
In January I wrote in defence of TopTV’s right to have a porn channel. Central to that argument was the right to switch off.
Sometimes when something gets overly democratised it ends up ruining it for everyone.
Lin Sampson has written a rather disgusting piece about how the response to Charles Saatchi’s assault on Nigella Lawson is overblown.
Turkey at the moment is illustrating something I think is important to understanding how governments, and organisations in general, risk failure.
The major problem with the Gupta scandal is that it didn’t come off as a deal, it came off as some rich toff with political connections using them to get one over on the rest of us.
One of the shows I really enjoy is aircrash investigation, not for the sake of ghoulish rubber necking but because of the basic ethos it puts forward.
There is a bit of a problem in gaming with particular regards to female characters – objectification.
This week good news came out of Ohio – three women who had been kidnapped and kept as sex slaves for ten years were rescued.
Religion mixing with government has never been a terribly good thing, whether it is in Pakistan or Soviet Russia, Malaysia or America.
A letter last week spoke about how black people need whites – and it got me thinking about colonialism.
I didn’t have anything much I felt confident saying on South Africa’s mission to the Central African Republic right up until the memorial was held for the 13 soldiers killed there.
If ever you wanted a demonstration of just how little the ANC regards its base, all you would need to do is look at its response to calls for an inquiry into police brutality.
With Mamphela Ramphele forming a new ‘party platform’, which I think means she is soliciting for party policy ideas, so I am back to thinking about what I want from a government.
One thing we as South Africans should be able to agree on, whatever our political party, our race, our religious or non religious beliefs, no matter our economic interest or social standing, is that we males in South Africa do not get to proclaim ourselves men.
What people forget about the bad things people do is that people are ultimately people – and that goes for the bad ones too.
Throughout my working life I have worked with people I disagree with, people who I think are wrong on some issues and people who have stubbornly asserted things which have been corrected before.
Last week I wrote about how maybe we should not be so comfortable with violence in our media.
With the latest mass shooting in America, there is a distinct need to find some new media to blame.
Yesterday one of the small Mangaung stories involved Ebrehim Patel talking about agriculture.
Our trouble as a country is that between the elections we are fighting the next election.
Barrack Obama is one of the most powerful men in the world, he isn’t the best president the US has ever had but he isn’t bad.
One of the articles I was reading this week included a very, creepy line about how atheists don’t believe in something more important than humanity.
When you get right down to it, this last US election was summarised best by the analysis done by Scientific American.
South Africa couldn’t be more set up for violence if it was actually done on purpose.
One of the big issues being discussed at the moment is condom provision in schools – with one bunch saying it’s a good idea, and another saying its bad.
In Pakistan fourteen year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the face for wanting to go to school.
In the Journal of Higher Ed. one of the issues raised recently was the measurable impact of sexism on science student assessments.
One of the things that struck me following the story of the protests around ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ – was that the protesters didn’t quite understand freedom.
This weekend I went to Woolworths in part to see what was happening with the whole Solidarity boycott.
The Earth’s most severe mass extinction event was about 252 million years ago, and is commonly known as the “great dying”.
Recently the Republican Party has had a controversy over one of its representatives in Congress,Todd Akin, saying “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy.
Recently I had to listen to two albums by Yolanda Adams. One of the songs (Already alright) really struck me.
A while back Neil de Grasse Tyson spoke about how space opens up the ability to dream.
Somehow the whole textbook saga has gotten the Rolling Stones playing in my head.
There are relatively few things more annoying, than the "sensible" centrist who seeks to stand above the argument.
There is an odd belief amongst worthless people that saying you are joking, immunises you from criticism.
Recently there has been a huge fight in the atheist community, and one of the features of it was the issue of harassment and free speech.
Pardon me for not being terribly happy today, the first story I put up involved a kitten being buried in concrete.
Sanal Edamaruku, an Indian rationalist, denied the Vile Parle’s Velankanni church’s dripping cross was a miracle.
The MEC of the North West Province recently said that the reason our levels of violence are so high in our country, is because we are under attack from the devil.
When I first started doing game reviews I came up with a score scale to say what the point allocation meant.
The IFP has recently said something interesting – it wants to attract minority voters who feel they don’t have a party to vote for.
Why is it that our major original output from the SABC tends to be soap operas?
The Goodman Gallery has a painting at the moment of the president looking action figurish with his penis exposed.
When we silence those we disagree with, we silence ourselves.
The Times recently ran a few articles about how social networking is negatively impacting children, which have left me feeling dubious.
Sceptics often face the argument that we should just leave the promotion superstition alone, that it is all just harmless fun.
I was raised on video games – and they have given me valuable insights into the world that somehow still manage to hold true even through they were targeted at 15 year olds.
At the moment in Russia there is a guy called Sergey who was arrested for supporting gay rights.
Mass Effect 3 is one of the best games out this year, but it is unfortunately marred with one of the worst endings in the last decade.
There is a tactic often used by the dishonest – they will tackle the form something is said in rather than what is actually being said or otherwise shift focus away from themselves.
The US right now kind of echoes the USSR in some ways – and it highlights to me the issue with communism and capitalism.
Econometrix has released a paper stating that fracking could create upwards of 290 thousand jobs.
I grew up on various video games – beginning with the Atari and moving up through the Nintendo, the Genesis, the Playstation and finally to where I am now with all the current major systems.
Every time Nelson Mandela gets sick the office gets tense as people look for news of Mandela’s death, and we have been getting tense about this for years because Mandela is an old man.
Alleged newspaper the Daily Telegraph put up a story fairly recently that revealed that one of Dawkins ancestors was a slave owner back in the 18th century.
A recent post on Slacktivist accusing Greta Christina of “purest evil” for arguing in favour of atheist evangelism has highlighted several major issues with the tolerance community.
One of the clichés of science communication is that scientists are poor communicators – and it is nonsense.
This year has already seen some highly disturbing moves by religious people to squash the rights of everyone else.
Porn is one of those things that it is very hard to defend, mainly because it is so socially frowned upon, and yet it requires defending.
This weekend one of the things I was listening to was a talk on the Stop Online Piracy Act, and how the copyright wars are only the start of issues arising out of modern computing.
Evolutionary psychology is one of those branches of cutting edge science that leaves me thinking about how the cutting edge tends to be the thinnest part of a blade.
I was raised to the ideal of Christmas being a general sense of goodwill to all people.
The charge of ‘scientism’ is always a big warning sign that the person making the charge doesn’t really have much of an argument.
Philosophy, the study of arguments, is one of those fields that is often under-appreciated in terms of its real value, particularly if you look at the fallacies.
Evolution is often rendered as “Survival of the fittest” – and often people make the mistake of thinking that means the organism most likely to exterminate its competition.
Bruce Gorton writes about how a bill to regulate the Internet reflects on just where Occupy Wall Street is coming from.