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How much more glacial melting can the planet stand? How much more glacial melting can the planet stand? NASA

Limiting global warming to 2°C: the philosophy and the science

Industrial civilization must become technologically, economically, politically, and morally sustainable to hold the earth’s temperature below 2°C (3.6°F) higher than its preindustrial average. The problem…
‘To be, or not to be – and not to exist at all. Ever.’ ‘To be, or not to be – and not to exist at all. Ever.’ Eddi van W./Flickr

When science and philosophy collide in a ‘fine-tuned’ universe

When renowned scientists now talk seriously about millions of multiverses, the old question “are we alone?” gets a whole new meaning. Our ever-expanding universe is incomprehensibly large – and its rate…
Scientist Laurence Krauss has said the philosophy of science is hard to justify. Scientist Laurence Krauss has said the philosophy of science is hard to justify. World Economic Forum/Flickr

Philosophy under attack: Lawrence Krauss and the new denialism

I really shouldn’t let myself watch Q&A. Don’t get me wrong, the ABC’s flagship weekly panel show is usually compelling viewing. But after just a few minutes I end up with the systolic blood pressure…
Why is it that we no longer teach the big story of how everything came to be? Why is it that we no longer teach the big story of how everything came to be? Universe image from www.shutterstock.com

Big History: why we need to teach the modern origin story

All human societies construct and teach creation myths or origin stories. These are large, extraordinarily powerful, but often ramshackle narratives that try and tell the story of how everything came to…
Leave “wicked” to the witches and let’s get on with the job of policy research. Leave “wicked” to the witches and let’s get on with the job of policy research. Witches image from www.shutterstock.com

Too many ‘wicked problems’: how science, policy and politics can work together

Wicked problems, so we are told, are everywhere. Climate change, conflict, an ageing population, obesity… the list goes on. The debate over asylum seekers, difficult and important and politically charged…
Kuhn’s most controversial ideas relate to how paradigms change. Kuhn’s most controversial ideas relate to how paradigms change. Mikael Hvidtfeldt Christensen

Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50 years on

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original publication of Thomas Kuhn’s famous book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn, who taught at Berkeley, Princeton and MIT following studies…
Our actions may be fully caused and determined by events that precede our very existence, but not all causes are alike. Our actions may be fully caused and determined by events that precede our very existence, but not all causes are alike. Josef Grunig/Flickr

Search for free will pits scientists against philosophers

For most of the last couple of centuries, philosophers have had the question of free will largely to themselves (prior to that date, the distinction between philosophy and the natural sciences was less…
Given our neo-Platonic visions of universal ecologies, when it comes to restoring waterways we’re up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Given our neo-Platonic visions of universal ecologies, when it comes to restoring waterways we’re up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Flickr/Annadriel

Science’s stagnant thinking: our rivers need a revolution

I’ve been away in the UK for a few years – and what do I find when I come back? In the Murray Darling we are still arguing over inputs (the amount of water to be returned to the river) instead of focusing…